Modern tanks are versatile mobile land
weapons platforms whose main armament is a large-
calibertank gun mounted in a rotating
gun turret, supplemented by
machine guns or other
ranged weapons such as
anti-tank guided missiles or
rocket launchers. They have heavy
vehicle armor which provides protection for the crew, the vehicle's munition storage,
fuel tank and propulsion systems. The use of tracks rather than
wheels provides improved
operational mobility which allows the tank to overcome rugged terrain and adverse conditions such as mud and ice/snow better than wheeled vehicles, and thus be more flexibly positioned at advantageous locations on the battlefield. These features enable the tank to perform well in a variety of intense combat situations, simultaneously both
direct fire from their powerful main gun) and
fire support and
defilade for friendly troops due to the near invulnerability to common infantry
small arms and good resistance against most heavier weapons), all while maintaining the mobility needed to exploit changing tactical situations. Fully integrating tanks into modern military forces spawned a new era of combat:
Until the arrival of the
main battle tank, tanks were typically categorized either by
weight class (
superheavy tanks) or doctrinal purpose (
reconnaissance tanks). Some being larger and very heavily armored and with large guns, while others are smaller, lightly armored, and equipped with a smaller caliber and lighter gun. These smaller tanks move over terrain with speed and agility and can perform a reconnaissance role in addition to engaging enemy targets. The smaller, faster tank would not normally engage in battle with a larger, heavily armored tank, except during a surprise
flanking manoeuvre. (Full article...)-
Several countries built tankettes between the 1920s and 1940s, and some saw limited combat in the early phases of
World War II. The vulnerability of their light armor, however, eventually led armies to abandon the concept with some exceptions such as the more modern German
Wiesel (Weasel) series. (Full article...)
The Operation Bøllebank (English: Operation Hooligan Bashing) is the name given to the collision between Bosnian-Serb military forces and Danish, Norwegian and Swedish combat units composing the
United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR)'s Nordic Battalion (NORDBAT 2), outside of the city of
Tuzla on 29 April 1994. When trying to relieve Swedish forces at the Tango 2 observation post past the village of
Kalesija, Danish forces of the
Jydske Dragonregiment were ambushed by the
Bosnian SerbŠekovići brigade. The ambush was dispersed by back-up UN forces retaliating with heavy fire from Danish Snow Leopard tanks in two separate firefights. While no Danish or Swedish soldiers were killed in the operation, estimates place the number of Serbian casualties as high as 150. The incident is the first time
Danish Armed Forces had carried out combat operations since the Second World War nearly fifty years prior, and is the source of ongoing debate and controversy as to the rights of UN peacekeeping forces to exert force and engage in direct combat. (Full article...)
Image 1Diagram of a tank based on the M1 Abrams. Diagram showing the major parts of a modern main battle tank, including the turret, glacis plate and
Image 2Map of the South Ossetia war, in which a considerable number of Georgia T-72's and assorted Russian armor were used.
Image 3A 3rd Marine Division – U.S. Marine Corps flame tank in action near Da Nang, Vietnam. The U.S. Army no longer had flamethrower tanks but the Marine Corps sent several to Vietnam. January 1966.
Image 4A M3 Lee. The Medium Tank M3 was an
American tank used during
World War II. In Britain the tank was called "General Lee" named after General
Robert E. Lee, and its modified version built to British specification, with a new turret, was called "General Grant" named after General
Ulysses S. Grant.
Image 6The Char 2C, also known as the FCM 2C, is a French
heavy tank, later also seen as a
super-heavy tank, developed during
World War I but not deployed until after the war. It was, in physical dimensions, the largest operational tank ever made.
Image 10U.S. Army soldiers on Bougainville (one of the
Solomon Islands) in
World War II. Japanese forces tried infiltrating the U.S. lines at night; at dawn, the U.S. soldiers would clear them out. In this picture, infantrymen are advancing in the cover of an M4 Sherman tank.
The following are images from various tank-related articles on Wikipedia.