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World War 2 Tanks

Updated on March 28, 2012

World War 2 saw much bloodshed and violence but it also saw the innovation of of metal tanks. These tanks saw much action and were deciding factors in the result of the War.


The Sherman tank was the most popular tank of the war and was produced by the American forces. The Sherman was mass produced and although it can be considered a lesser quality than the Axis tanks, Sherman tanks came in massive groups and were extremely effective in taking out enemy infantry.

M10 Tank Destroyer

This tank was used by American forces and was the named the Tank Destroyer due to its large cannon. This tank was very mobile providing it the ability to easily flank enemy tanks and expose their rear armor.


The Ostwind was a German anti aircraft and anti-infantry tank that excelled in mowing down planes and light infantry. It had a rather small cannon making it non effective against other tanks.

Panzer IV

The Panzer IV was a versatile tank that could be used for many different purposes. It was usually equipped with iron skirts making it very durable.


The Panther tanks struck fear into the hearts of the enemy and was one of the best engineered tanks of the period. Its cannon was fierce and its durability was unmatched. Panthers were extremely hard to take down.

Tiger 1

The Tiger was a massive Wehrmacht tank that was equipped with an 88 mm cannon that could shred through enemy armor. Although not many tiger tanks were produced, the ones produced were extremely effective in battle.


The Cromwell was used by British Forces is Would War 2 and served as an all purpose tank and was extremely reliable.

Sherman Firefly

This tank was an extremely powerful tank with a 17 pounder anti tank gun as the cannon. This made this tank very effective at tanking down enemy vehicles. The range on the cannon was excellent.


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    • passthejelly profile image

      Mark Passarelli 5 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      Hi suzettenaples,

      Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      This is a fascinating hub! To me a tank is a tank is a tank. But you made this interesting with the beautiful photos and short and effective explanations and info about them. I also like the fact that you included German, American, and British tanks and explanations. You covered your subject very well. Enjoyable read!

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      Mark Passarelli 5 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      I'm not sure exactly. Looks pre modern.

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      KevinG1979 5 years ago

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      Mark Passarelli 5 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      Hi Chris, Soviet tanks are not my area of expertise. I will keep that in mind and update my hub when I find more information. Thanks!

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      LeanChris 5 years ago

      Soviet Tanks weren't worth mentioning?