In spite of their mass and intimidating look, tanks is a charming theme for an artist. Creating illustrations of those heavy looking vehicles brings about a lot of opportunities. It’s much easier to incorporate a tank in a landscape than it is to do so with aircraft. Thanks to that, the scenery makes an impression of greater abundance of elements than an aviation painting.
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Battle of Daugavpils (also known as the Battle of Dyneburg) was the final battle in the Polish-Soviet campaign of 1919. A joint Polish and Latvian force, operating under Polish Staff orders known as “Operation Winter”, attacked the Red Army garrison in Dunaburg, or Daugavpils, from 3–5 January 1920.
Painted in Photoshop (2019)
The Battle of Poznań (Battle of Posen) during World War II in 1945 was a massive assault by the Soviet Union’s Red Army that had as its objective the elimination of the Nazi German garrison in the stronghold city of Poznań (Posen) in occupied Poland.
January 27th, 1945. The fourth day of Battle of Poznan. In the early afternoon a group of tanks of the German Panzer Strike Reserve, which was defending the city against the Russian army, aided by the infantry units, launched a counterstrike southward of the main city grounds.
PzKpfw V Panther Ausf. G
Painted in Photoshop (2020)
January 28, 1945. 5th day of the Battle for Poznań. Hungarian troops with the support of two German armored vehicles carry out a successful counterattack along Piątkowska Street in the north of the city.
February 2, 1945, 10th day of Battle of Poznań. The Tiger tank belonging to the German Panzer Strike Reserve, operating from the vicinity of the Imperial Castle, destroyed 4 Soviet tanks standing on Zwierzyniecka Street. For this action, the Tiger’s crew received a bottle of punch.
February 6, 1945, 14th day of the Battle of Poznań. Assault groups of the Soviet 226th Guards Infantry Regiment, with the support of assault guns SU-152, began fighting for the Chwaliszewski Bridge.
February 8, 1945, 16th day of the Battle for Poznań. The Soviet assault groups of the 83rd Guards Infantry Regiment, accompanied by the SU-76 self-propelled guns, began fighting for St. Adalbert’s Hill
In 2018 I was asked by the Poznan Museum of Armament to design and prepare 12 backgrounds for an exhibition related to the history of the uniform worn by soldiers of the Polish armored forces in the years 1919-2019.
Each board is 180x180cm and presents the type of tank used by the Polish army in a given period.
Because of the nature of the exhibition and the size of the boards, I decided to depict the frontal view of the tanks, all of them in motion, and each without tank crews.
Painted in Photoshop (2018-2019)