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Tanks of World War II
"Tanks were only in their infancy in the interwar years. After Hitler openly defied the Treaty of Versailles and had tanks built, the other major nations had to race to keep up. Note: MBT in this quiz stands for 'Main battle tank'."
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First off, we'll start with a quite famous tank. This tank was a rather good one and is quite often called the Allies' best World War II era tank. Do you remember what it was called?
The Germans weren't far behind the Soviets, however. This tank was designed to specifically counter the T-34 and is considered to have fulfilled this requirement.
Panzer VI Ausf E. 'Tiger'
Panzer V 'Panther'
More Germans. This Tank Destroyer was based on the chassis used by Porsche to build the tank design that lost to the Tiger I in a competition to build an MBT for use on the Eastern Front.
British World War II Tanks were quite often useless and as a result, Britain relied on American armour for the duration of WWII. This Tank, however, was an exception. Designed to combat the German Tiger/Tiger II tanks, it would have done well had the war not ended before they were deployed in significant numbers.
A34 Comet I
Tank, Infantry, Mk IV Churchill (A22)
Infantry Tank Mark II (Matilda)
Italy didn't have much in the way of tanks during WWII, relying on imports from Germany. The few that they did produce, however, made excellent tanks. This tank weighed 26 tons, had a crew of 4, and some models even sported a mounting for an anti-aircraft gun!
No quiz on tanks would be complete without this one. Designed and built in France, it had a reputation for reliability. Unfortunately, this didn't help much when Hitler decided to invade France.
Char 2C/ FCM 2C
Type 94 Te-Ke
This tank is one of the few that the Japanese ever built. First introduced into service in 1944, it was designed to combat the American M4 Sherman. In this role it failed, as the Sherman was rarely used in the Pacific Theatre. 166 were produced between 1944-1945. It was the last tank to be fielded by the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces.
Type 3 Chi-Nu
Type 97 Chi-Ha
Type 97 Chi-Ni
Type 5 Chi-Ri
Now for the USA. Most war historians agree that this tank was the second best Allied tank of WWII. With the official rating of a medium tank, it had a excellent reputation for ruggedness and durability, and was used in all theatres of war by all sides (Enemy Forces would often repair and reuse captured enemy equipment).
Medium Tank, M4, (Sherman)
More Russian. This particular tank had an incredible 5 turrets. Suffering from major technical problems and an inferior power-to-weight ratio, this tank was one that couldn't do much.
Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M)
Tank, Cruiser, Mk VI Crusader
One last tank. First produced in 1944, Hitler himself named it. Used primarily as a tank destroyer, it had massive front and side armour. It was often painted in the distinctive 'Zimmerit' anti-magnetic desert paint camoflage.
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Compiled Jun 28 12