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== List of Real Life Tanks ==
== List of Real Life Tanks ==
*British Mark V tank (United Kingdom)
*British Mark V tank ([[United Kingdom]])
*T-34 ([[Union of Soviet Socialist Republics]])
*T-34 ([[Union of Soviet Socialist Republics]])
*Panzer-V Panther ([[Nazi Germany]])
*Panzer-V Panther ([[Nazi Germany]])

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Soviet T-34/85 Tank: The tank that beat the Nazis

Tanks are Armored Fighting Vehicles characterized by thick armor and heavy weapons. They are designed as mobile weapon platforms, so they have no space to carry troops other than their required crews (although their have been instances in which soldiers have road on the outside of a tank). A typical crew consists of a driver, one or two gun crew, and a commander.

Modern tanks are tracked vehicles used primarily for line-of-sight combat, armed with cannons and machine guns. The first tanks were built during the Great War by the British as a means of overcoming German trench lines, but proper doctrine for using tanks would not develop until World War II. Several subclasses of tanks have been employed including light tanks, amphibious tanks and main battle tanks. Several defunct classes have been used but are no longer in service, including Tankettes, Cruiser Tanks, Infantry Tanks and Heavy Tanks.

Tanks got their name from a ploy to avoid German intelligence discovering their first deployment; the British described them as "mobile water tanks" when shipping them to the front. The name stuck everywhere (with some local corruptions) except Germany (were they are refered to as panzers) and France (where they are refered to as char de combat).

List of Real Life Tanks

Tanks in Science Fiction