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World War 2 Tanks

From their introduction in 1916, WW2 tanks were considered by advocates such as the strategist J. F. C. Fuller as having the potential to change the nature of war. But technical Limitations restricted their actual performance until the 1930s. Even then, French planners considered tanks in the British saw them as assuming traditional cavalry roles.

Germany and Russia went further, seeing armor as the key to restoring tactical mobility to battlefields gridlocked by firepower. That conception shaped ground combat in Europe between 1939 and 1942. The standard tank developed along the lines of the American Sherman and the Soviet T34 tank, built to a medium weight design with a medium caliber gun, moderate armor protection and extended range. During the second half of World War 2, tactics and technology caught up. Anti tank weapons became more effective, and anti tank defenses became more sophisticated. In response, tanks' protection and gun power were increased at the expense of mobility, along the lines of the German Tiger. Kursk, history's largest tank battle, marked the operational turning point of the German Soviet war and was defining event of armored conflict. The German army, far from beaten even after Stalingrad, proposed to cripple its adversary by committing the best of its panzers against a salient around the city of Kursk. 

The M4 Sherman tank was the principal tank used by the American in the World War 2. In excess of 50,000 Shermans were created somewhere in the range of 1942 and 1945. It was still in service with the IDF during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The Sherman tank's essential job was infantry support, leading assaults just as reinforcing protective positions. In spite of the fact that every now and again outgunned by their German partners, Shermans demonstrated simpler to keep up—frequently fixed on the front line.

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