Evolution of tank warfare

from WWI to the modern day.



Source: Torbjørn Kjosvold

“Norwegian Leopard 2 A4 NO Tank” by Metziker is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

By: Zach Bloom, Journalist

If you think of a battlefield right now, what will you think of? Maybe gunshots being fired, grandees being thrown, but the main battlefield, the tank, is what most people think. Tanks today have modern technology and cost millions of tax dollars apiece, but it was not always that way. The first tanks were very crude. Both the French and the British argue that they made the first tank, but the first tank on the battlefield was the English. It was supposed to be a troop-support vehicle.

The working conditions were horrible, and the amour was so thin that some small arms fire could go through it. Throughout the rest of the war, the French and Germans made large box-like tanks to compete with the others. Between the war, countries made small tanks that weren’t nearly as much money. When WWII broke out, countries scrambled to build better tanks, and Germany used small, fast tanks with small cannons to get around  French defenses, and the allied forces used cheap small tanks. At the time, the Soviets did not have good tanks, so they put scrap metal together and made extremely cheap tanks.

Throughout the war, tanks developed way faster than ever seen before. The soviet t34 was the first tank to start using sloped amour on a mass scale. This would make the amour more effective while keeping the tank light. This invention was a breakthrough in technology and paved the way for tanks in the future. Later in the war, the Germans started to build bigger, more advanced tanks with thicker amour and bigger guns. Did you know the car company Porshe designed tanks for Germany during WWII.  During the cold war, tanks were mass-produced on a scale that has never been seen before. Today tanks are being used less and less as gorilla warfare is what we’re fighting at the moment.