Miltary Vehicle Technology Foundation
Sadly the Jacques Littlefield Collection is no more. Hopefully everything went to a good home. My plan to win the lottery and set up a museum did not work out. Here are my pictures from happier times. RIP Jacques.
Classic Russian T54 tank parked outside. Confucious is quoted as saying that all things have beauty. I think this is a thing of beauty.
Light tank Mark IV. Notice the front panel is off. This was due to a cosmetic restoration (NOT by Jacques Littlefield who prides himself on performing the most authentic restoration possible) which used bolts that were not of the required strength. It certainly does look very nice though! I attempted to get an interior shot with only partial success.
Front re-attached (2010).
Six ton tank M1917 - American built copy of the French FT17 using non-metric measurements which necessitated a virtual redesign.
New pictures taken in 2010. 1 & 3 are the same angle but 1 looked washed out due to flash so I took another. I left them both in as they may reveal different details.
Crusader III Mk 1
A lovely looking Matilda II in "Caunter" camoflage. You can see the heavy armour castings and the small gun derided (with justification!) as a "pea-shooter". If only the turret could have held a decent gun! For a spell it reigned supreme in the desert.
Australian 6 pounder. Not sure if this was Aussie-used or Aussie manufactured.
M3 Scout car. Not used much by the Americans large numbers were supplied to Russia and the British used them too.
M3 Scout car. More pics from 2010.
M3 Lee painted in tan and green.
M5 Light tank
M4A3E2 Sherman assault tank "Jumbo". Lots of added armor and a new cast nose and turret. Operationally had grousers permanently fitted due to the extra weight.
M4 turret interior
M5 Artillery tractor
M16 Multiple gun carriage
M20 Scout car
M22 Locust light tank designed to be air-portable
M48. Has to be seen in person. A model does not do this tank justice. This is a massive, serious piece of armor! Also AVLB - "Armoured Vehicle Laying Bridge" - on M48 chassis
M10 with 17 pdr - Achilles. This example has the side bolts
M36 - Looks to be one used post war in the desert - Israeli?
Pz Kpfw I Ausf A. Only 818 of these small tanks armed only with machine guns were produced.
Pak 35/36 with hollow charge rocket
Flak 36 8.8cm. Everyone abbreviates to '88' but the Germans tagged this as 8.8 cm.
T34/76 This looks to be a T34/76D model, which introduced a new cast hexagonal turret. The twin hatches earning the nickname "Mickey Mouse". An improved cupola was introduced on the E model
Israeli Super Sherman
M5 Israeli halftrack
SCUD B mobile missile.
Massive gun plus tracked radar unit based on a lengthened T80 chassis. Cannot be switched on or else "all the screens at SFO would light up like a Christmas tree".
PT 76 Personnel carrier
Australian Universal carrier with a gun. I need more info on this one!
Humber armoured car
Huge Conqueror tank
Saladin Armoured car
Saracen personnel carrier
Scorpion Light tank
Spartan personnel carrier based on Scorpion cahssis
Fox armoured car
Centurion AVRE - Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers
British Ferret scout car.
After the Ferret it seemed appropriate to put the Weasel here...
Hungarian PSZH Wheeled armoured personnel carrier
Czech AA gun on BTR-152 chassis
French M61 Obusier SPH (self-propelled gun). Cannot find much background info on this one. It was produced in 1952 and has a 105mm gun.