The evolution of the Abrams tank, from the first production M1s in 1980, to the much improved M1A1, here shown in Germany, 1989, to the todays' M1A2 TUSK, meeting the challenges of the current urban operational enviroment.

This commissioned art from 1991 has recently been installed at the Patton museum as a mural. Prints of this artwork are available from the U.S. Armor Association.

Reconnaissance then and now.

An M60A1 Patton tank of the 9th Cavalry Regiment, late 1960's.

U.S Army Armor in urban conflicts, then and now.
(ARMOR magazine cover art)

A split scene depicting the "real-time" information sharing capabilities of the newly created US Cavalry "Stryker Brigade Combat Team".

One of my first military illustrations, showing the crew of an M551 Sheridan talking with a soldier on a city street in Panama, during Operation "Just Cause" in 1989.

During Operation Desert Storm, tank crews take some rest in the shade of their M1A1 mounts.

Another theoretical tactical situation, featuring a proposed upgrade of the M113 troop carrier, with a substantial reactive armor package added. The soldier is crouched next to a portable TOW missile launcher.

A mine plow-equipped M1A1 Abrams in the midst of enemy artillery fire, its crew picking off thermally viewed targets from behind a berm in this theoretical battle scene.

"The Digital Battlefield"

A conceptual illustration showing a soldier geared up in Land Warrior equipment, employing the XM82 sniper rifle, as part of an MGS Stryker-deployed Cavalry sniper team.

Elements of a Cavalry reconnaissance team, including the RV Stryker vehicle, Land Warrior troops and a sophisticated HMMWV mounted surveillance and reporting system.

A group of Armor and Cav soldiers gather around U.S. Army chief of staff General Shinseki during a visit to Fort Knox.

Soldiers in an Tow missile equipped HMMWV working together with a Kiowa warrior helicopter in the scouting/recon role.

An MA1A1 Abrams commander during Operation Desert Storm, with tank-busting A-10 "Warthogs" passing.

An M88 recovery vehicle tows in Iraqi war booty during Operation Desert Storm.

A Bradley and an uparmored HMMWV in the counter-reconnaissance role, engaging the lead vehicle of an enemy recon element.

A montage showing how warfare has changed throughout history of the U.S. Army - from the Civil War, WW II, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf wars.

A theoretical battle scene including an M1A2 Abrams, AH-64 Apaches and a OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter.

A theoretical battle scene featuring an M3A2 Bradley fighting vehicle, somewhere in the middle east.

Tactical planning on the hood of a HMMWV, with an M1A1 Abrams in the background.

An Abrams tank exposing its Medieval roots.

A mine plow-equipped M1A2 Abrams explodes a mine while clearing a safe lane.

A column of M1A1s pass an abandoned Iraqi artillery position during Operation Desert Storm.

An M1A1 Abrams in a prepared defensive position at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin.

A highly modified M113 Troop Carrier, made to outwardly resemble a typical threat vehicle. Part of the 11th ACR's "opposing forces" or OPFOR, on the lookout for their training adversary at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin.

Spring, 1991: An M1A1 Abrams main battle tank races across the Iraqi  desert, during Operation Desert Storm.

A column consisting of M1A1 Abrams tanks, M2A2 Bradleys, HMMWVs and M113s negotiate a narrow winding road through the Korean Hills, near the 38th parallel.

U.S. Army M1A1s on a German roadway in the early 1990s.

An M1 crew awaits a replacement engine pack, as another M1 in need of repairs comes in behind an M88 recovery vehicle. National Training Center, Fort Irwin.

An M1A1 Abrams and an M3A2 Bradley in a theoretical night battle scene.

An M3A2 Bradley Fighting vehicle patrols the streets of a Bosnian village, part of the multi-national peacekeeping forces in place there.
(enlarged as a mural for the Patton Museum)

2 views of M1 Abrams tank production at the Lima, Ohio plant.

Motor pool Maintenance checks being performed on an M1A1 Abrams tank.

Mounted warriors, past and present. These are 2 of the versions of the army's new interim armored vehicle, the Stryker. In the foreground is the 105mm armored gun system, and to the right is the cavalry/ infantry armored vehicle.


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