Ian Handley-Kershaw

Articles by Ian Handley-Kershaw:

A German Tiger I tank roamed the hill beside St. Fergus Church in Wick, Caithness, UK. The World War II-era tank was actually a remote controlled model created by Andrew Richard. Richard is a regular participant in the annual Caithness Model Show at the Norseman Hotel. He let his son, Alex, take the 1/6th scale […]

There is irony in the fact that countries around the world spend sizable fortunes on something they hope to never need or use: military equipment that is state of the art. America, for example, ensures its army is equipped with the very best array of fighting gear, and yet the aim of every politician and […]

Lyle Bouck joined the Missouri National Guard when he was just 14. He had grown up during the Great Depression and joining the National Guard offered pay which his family needed. He eventually began to work in the supply supply room. When the supply sergeant was promoted to the wire communications section, Bouck was the […]

In 1943, the Germans had occupied the Nevelsky distric of the USSR located south of Pskov. The Red Army sent their Third and Fourth Shock Armies to clear the German occupiers from the region in the autumn of that year. The Russians were losing forces at a rate of nearly 2,000 per day but continued […]

The US Army has identified that there is a gap in its ground combat vehicle strategy. In a study conducted in 2015, they determined that there was a need for a mobile protected firepower (MPF) light tank. Such a vehicle would allow infantry brigade combat teams to neutralize impediments such as machine gun nests or […]

Some of the fiercest fighters in the US Army’s 761st Tank Battalion “Black Panthers” were in the B Company. The first all-black segregated tank company earned the respect of their peers even though prior to the war, the Army brass felt that African-Americans weren’t qualified to participate in mechanized warfare. After completing their training, Life […]

Tommy Macpherson was one of the most feared soldiers in the British army to the point that the Germans put a 300,000 Franc bounty on his head. No one was able to ever collect it though. His military career got off to an ignominious start. After being commissioned in 1939, he was assigned to the […]

John Gorman joined up in 1942 and became a Lieutenant in the Irish Guards Armoured Division, 2nd Armoured Battalion. Following hot on the heels of the D-Day landings was the Battle of Caen and Gorman’s tank battalion was in it to win it. Caen is a major North Normandy hub, linking Le Havre in the […]

The remains of a WWII Panther tank have been uncovered in Chrostkowo, Poland, by local history enthusiasts who are keen to put all of their finds of tank parts together in a museum, permission pending. The trail that led the group to the tank started with the discovery of a piece of tank track. It […]

Recent tests with army robots at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground have military officials excited about the potential in their Aided Target Recognition (ATR) technology currently under development. Current military robots are remote-controlled, they are not able to analyze information and make decisions on their own. This is known as teleoperation. The operator of […]

Gun trucks were born out of necessity due to the US’s situation during the war. By 1967, the US military was spread throughout the central highlands of Vietnam. A key factor for the US was how to provide supplies and ammunition to all the troops spread throughout the region. Helicopters and C-130 Hercules cargo planes […]

The USA, in spite of joining World War II later than the other Allies still supplied an impressive amount of weapons, ammunition and vehicles to the Allied countries fighting against the Nazi occupation. With the automotive industry beginning to take off in the US, it should come as no surprise that they would find a […]