Tank Encyclopedia

Santana Aníbal
Kingdom of Spain (2004) Light 4x4 vehicle – Around 2,000 Vehicles Built What transpires when projects are hurriedly pushed to
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Panzerjäger 38(t) für 7.5 cm PaK 40/3 ‘Marder 38T’ (Sd.Kfz.138)
German Reich (1943-1945) Self Propelled Anti Tank Gun – 942 Built The experience gained during the invasion of the Soviet
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M-84
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Main Battle Tank – ~650 Built Introduction The development and production of the M-84 main
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‘Czołg Ciężki Polski’ Markowskiego (Fake Tank)
Republic of Poland (1938-1940) Fake Heavy Tank Compared to other nations, Poland probably has the largest percentage of widely known
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Tank Encyclopedia is the place to learn about the history of armored vehicles, from their early inspirations and pioneers to the latest main battle tanks. Our painstakingly researched articles cover many nations and all eras of armor development, accompanied by our beautiful and iconic illustrations. We cover a wide swathe of armored vehicle designs ranging from bridge-layers and engineering vehicles, to tank destroyers and armored personnel carriers. You can also find articles on soft-skinned vehicles, anti-tank weaponry, tactics, battles, and technology.
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The Four Eras We Cover:

ww1 era tanks and armoured cars WW1 – Mud, Barbed Wire, and Trenches: The United Kingdom and France started development of tanks in order to break through enemy lines. However, many pioneers had envisioned the use of armored vehicles in the decades prior to the Great War. Soon after its introduction, the tank quickly became a killing machine integrated into combined arms operations.

WW2 TanksWW2 – The Tank Goes Global: The Interwar period saw the tank go on a worldwide tour, from Bolivia to China, every corner of the globe and all seven continents felt the tread of heavy armor. Even so, many were unconvinced by this new weapon of war. World War Two would change these perceptions, and see tanks used in unprecedented numbers across all theaters of war.

Cold war tanks and AFVsCold War – East vs West: In a period dominated by nuclear weapons, two opposing superpowers led to the splitting of the world into East and West. Although the USA and USSR never fought each other directly, almost all proxy wars of the period saw extensive usage of their tanks.

modern tanks and AFVsModern Era – Are Tanks Still Relevant?: Despite numerous prophets heralding the demise of the tank, armor is still an important part of all the world’s militaries. The modern battlefield shows no signs of this changing soon, with the development of tanks continuing to adapt to it.


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