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30th Jan '16 7:28:18 PM dracogeorge
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Just a spelling error
* The nomenclature of British tanks was always a problem as far as psychological warfare goes, however. Somehow, it's a lot easier to be terrified by a "Tiger" or a "Panther" than by a tank called a "Matilda" or a "Velentine!"
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* The nomenclature of British tanks was always a problem as far as psychological warfare goes, however. Somehow, it's a lot easier to be terrified by a "Tiger" or a "Panther" than by a tank called a "Matilda" or a "Velentine!" "Valentine!"
30th Jan '16 8:58:14 AM nombretomado
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* Gabe had to blow up a Soviet tank in ''SyphonFilter 3''.
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* Gabe had to blow up a Soviet tank in ''SyphonFilter 3''.''VideoGame/SyphonFilter3''.
29th Jan '16 4:34:24 PM nombretomado
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** In ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', The Landmaster is available as a Final Smash for all three of the Star Fox characters, though it functions somewhat differently for each of them. It'll hog almost the entirety of a smaller level, frequently forcing the opposition to jump over or on top of it to avoid getting rammed or shot by it, but being in such a position can instead allow you to send them flying with a barrel roll, or more amusingly, simply carry them off the top of the screen using its jets for an instant KO.
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** In ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', The Landmaster is available as a Final Smash for all three of the Star Fox characters, though it functions somewhat differently for each of them. It'll hog almost the entirety of a smaller level, frequently forcing the opposition to jump over or on top of it to avoid getting rammed or shot by it, but being in such a position can instead allow you to send them flying with a barrel roll, or more amusingly, simply carry them off the top of the screen using its jets for an instant KO.
29th Jan '16 9:38:55 AM kyojikasshu
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* A tank is featured on the cover of the very first issue of the very first ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic book series, and the [=MOBAT=] was the center of the plot of issue #5. Other iconic tanks featured include the Joes' Mauler and Cobra's [=HISS=] series; later years of the original series introduced more fanciful models.
7th Jan '16 9:31:47 AM KCN
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* Israeli film [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483831/ Lebanon]] tells the story of an Israeli tank crew during the [[ArabIsraeliConflict 1982 Lebanon war]]. What makes this movie really stand out is its perspective. You see only what the tank crew sees. That means the ''only'' window to the outside world is ''a gunsight''. This serves as pure ParanoiaFuel, and in case the viewer is claustrophobic, NightmareFuel.
1st Jan '16 12:13:42 AM Servbot
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* The first boss of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}} and the Pirate's Curse'' is the Ammo Baron and his tank, which was a gift from his mother. It's tough armor makes it invulnerable against Shantae's normal attacks, requiring her to [[PrehensileHair hair-whip]] the tank's own projectiles back to it in order to destroy it.
30th Dec '15 7:28:49 PM SSJMagus
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** Like Leo-2, it has a high-powered diesel engine, whose nominal 1500 hp can push its 48 tons at the uncharacteristically high 70 kph, but is usually run at 1200 hp, to give it the enormous service life of 10,000 hours. With its govermor removed, the engine can give out up to 2100 hp, though it virtually consumes itself at such power.
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** The most revolutionary feature is that in addition to the now-standard composite and reactive armor, the Armata has an "active protection system" consisting of radar panels on the sides of the turret to detect incoming projectiles and tubes to launch explosively formed penetrators to shoot them down. This is claimed to be effective against projectiles up to 1700m/s in velocity, which would include most current tank gun rounds ''and'' [=ATGMs=]. ** Like Leo-2, it has a high-powered diesel engine, whose nominal 1500 hp can push its 48 tons at the uncharacteristically high 70 kph, but is usually run at 1200 hp, to give it the enormous service life of 10,000 hours. With its govermor governor removed, the engine can give out up to 2100 hp, though it virtually consumes itself at such power.

* Statistically, the best "tank" of the German army was actually the Panzer III, which then transitioned to become the Stug III assault gun. All types of Tigers are claimed (but not verified) to have killed 10,000 Allied tanks. The Stugs alone claim to have killed twice that number by ''1944''.
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* Statistically, the best "tank" of the German army was actually the Panzer III, which then transitioned to become the Stug [=StuG=] III assault gun. All types of Tigers are claimed (but not verified) to have killed 10,000 Allied tanks. The Stugs [=StuGs=] alone claim to have killed twice that number by ''1944''.

*** While simple to manufacture, T-34 was not exactly "cheap." Its engine was largely made of aluminum(the design began as a project to fit lightweight diesels to long-range bombers), which USSR was very short of until the later stages of World War II. The heavy use of aluminum is one of the factors caused the Germans to decide that T-34 cannot be economically copied.
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*** While simple to manufacture, T-34 was not exactly "cheap." Its engine was largely made of aluminum(the aluminum (the design began as a project to fit lightweight diesels to long-range bombers), which USSR was very short of until the later stages of World War II. The heavy use of aluminum is one of the factors caused the Germans to decide that T-34 cannot be economically copied.

** The Sherman, despite being outgunned and out-armored by the Panther and Tiger, did have some real advantages. It was the very first tank to have a (vertically) stabilized main gun, which helped make firing after moving easier since the elevation didn't have to be adjusted after stopping. It also was quite agile for a medium tank of its era and relatively compact, allowing it to go places a Panther or especially a [[MightyGlacier Tiger]] could never dream of. In an era where most tanks made use of a hand crank that would allow for a full 360 degree turret rotation in one minute, the Sherman had an electrical system that could do the same in as little as ''fifteen seconds''. And finally, it was probably the most reliable tank of World War II, with some Shermans managing to make it through the entire Western Europe campaign with no more than a single major overhaul. ** There's also the fact that Tigers and Panthers were exceedingly rare, with around 1,500 Tiger [=Is=], 500 Tiger II's and 7,500 Panther tanks being made. The US built almost ''[[ZergRush fifty thousand]]'' Shermans. Shermans did reasonably well against the more common Panzer III and [=IVs=] since they were closer to its weight class than the heavier Tiger and Panther. Plus, the Sherman was never intended to fight other tanks head on due to the US Army's belief in the "tank destroyer doctrine", which delayed much needed upgrades. However, once the upgrades were implemented Shermans became far more effective against German armor. ** The Sherman actually performed very well historically with the US Army, and its failures are much exaggerated by many modern "history" shows that only did very basic research (the oft-quoted "It takes five Shermans to kill a Tiger / Panther" for instance was largely a myth.). They actually won the majority of the major tank vs tank battles, even when ''outnumbered'' by the Germans. The textbook case is the Battle of Arracourt wherein the US Army lost only 30 Shermans while destroying over 90 German tanks, mostly the vaunted Panthers - despite being outnumbered and lacking air support for most of the battle. Moreover, the US Armored ''Divisions'' were far superior to their German equivalents, because the US Army paid careful attention to supporting their tankers with mechanized infantry and artillery units. Somewhere between one third to one half of a US Armored Division's strength was actually mech infantry or artillery, while the equivalent German formations were lucky to have some infantry (often marching on foot and getting left behind) to support them.
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** The Sherman, despite being outgunned and out-armored by the Panther and Tiger, did have some real advantages. It was the very first tank to have a (vertically) stabilized main gun, which helped make firing after moving easier since the elevation didn't have to be adjusted after stopping. It also was quite agile for a medium tank of its era and relatively compact, compact (at least in length and width; it was a bit tall for its size), allowing it to go places a Panther or especially a [[MightyGlacier Tiger]] could never dream of. In an era where most tanks made use of a hand crank that would allow for a full 360 degree turret rotation in one minute, the Sherman had an electrical system that could do the same in as little as ''fifteen seconds''. And finally, it was probably the most reliable tank of World War II, with some Shermans managing to make it through the entire Western Europe campaign with no more than a single major overhaul. ** There's also the fact that Tigers and Panthers were exceedingly rare, with around 1,500 Tiger [=Is=], 500 Tiger II's and 7,500 Panther tanks being made. The US built almost ''[[ZergRush fifty thousand]]'' Shermans. Shermans did reasonably quite well against the more common Panzer III and [=IVs=] since they were closer to its weight class than the heavier Tiger and Panther. Plus, the Sherman was never intended to fight other tanks head on due to the US Army's belief in the "tank destroyer doctrine", which delayed much needed upgrades. However, once the upgrades were implemented Shermans became far more effective against German armor. ** The Sherman actually performed very well historically with the US Army, and its failures are much exaggerated by many modern "history" shows that only did very basic research (the oft-quoted "It takes five Shermans to kill a Tiger / Panther" for instance was largely a myth.).myth...and in the case of Tigers it should hardly be a surprise that it was harder to kill than a medium tank like the Sherman as that's the entire point of heavy tanks). They actually won the majority of the major tank vs tank battles, even when ''outnumbered'' by the Germans. The textbook case is the Battle of Arracourt wherein the US Army lost only 30 Shermans while destroying over 90 German tanks, mostly the vaunted Panthers - despite being outnumbered and lacking air support for most of the battle. Moreover, the US Armored ''Divisions'' were far superior to their German equivalents, because the US Army paid careful attention to supporting their tankers with mechanized infantry and artillery units. Somewhere between one third to one half of a US Armored Division's strength was actually mech infantry or artillery, while the equivalent German formations were lucky to have some infantry (often marching on foot and getting left behind) to support them.

* Some credit has to be given to the Medium Tank M3, built by the Americans but primarily fielded by the British, who chose to dub the tanks "General Lee" (with the original American-designed turrets) and "General Grant" (with a newer British-designed turret, which was enlarged to fit a radio set). In addition to starting the American tradition of [[ThemeNaming naming armored vehicles for generals]] (Sherman, Pershing, Patton, Sheridan, Bradley, Abrams, etc.), the M3 also carried an unusual armament mix of a light high velocity gun in the turret paired with a heavy low velocity gun in the main body of the tank. Pulled from service with the arrival of the Sherman, many Grants and Lees were retooled into various unusual vehicles, including one version that used a high-intensity turret-mounted spotlight to [[BlindedByTheLight blind German defensive positions]] during night battles.
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* Some credit has to be given to the Medium Tank M3, built by the Americans but primarily fielded by the British, who chose to dub the tanks "General Lee" (with the original American-designed turrets) and "General Grant" (with a newer British-designed turret, which was enlarged to fit a radio set). In addition to starting the American tradition of [[ThemeNaming naming armored vehicles for generals]] (Sherman, Stuart, Pershing, Patton, Sheridan, Bradley, Abrams, etc.), the M3 also carried an unusual armament mix of a light high velocity gun in the turret paired with a heavy low velocity gun in the main body of the tank. This was done because there were no current turrets that were large enough for the 75mm gun, and the US needed a medium tank with such armament ''right now'' (at least as a stop-gap) rather than waiting for the proper turret to be designed (which would come within a year in the form of the M4 Sherman). Pulled from service with the arrival of the Sherman, many Grants and Lees were retooled into various unusual vehicles, including one version that used a high-intensity turret-mounted spotlight to [[BlindedByTheLight blind German defensive positions]] during night battles.

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* Some credit has to be given The Pakistani Al-Khalid tank is roughly equivalent to the Medium Tank M3, built by Russian T-80 (same size, same gun, similar armor and mobility), and backs that up with [[AwesomeMcCoolname the Americans but primarily fielded by the British, who chose to dub the tanks "General Lee" (with the original American-designed turrets) and "General Grant" (with a newer British-designed turret, which was enlarged to fit a radio set). In addition to starting the American tradition of [[ThemeNaming naming armored vehicles for generals]] (Sherman, Pershing, Patton, Sheridan, Bradley, Abrams, etc.), the M3 also carried an unusual armament mix power of a light high velocity gun in the turret paired with a heavy low velocity gun in the main body of the tank. Pulled from service with the arrival of the Sherman, many Grants and Lees were retooled into various unusual vehicles, including one version that used a high-intensity turret-mounted spotlight cool name]]: it translates to [[BlindedByTheLight blind German defensive positions]] during night battles."The Immortal Tank".
30th Dec '15 5:48:56 PM SSJMagus
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*** In fact, despite the shows' natural focus on the titular HumongousMecha, and their impact for the space battles, up to 80% of all ''land'' battles [[BoringButPractical were won by the good ol'61]], even if that fact [[AllThereInTheManual gets pretty seldom mentioned]].
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*** In fact, despite the shows' natural focus on the titular HumongousMecha, and their impact for the space battles, up to 80% of all ''land'' battles [[BoringButPractical were won by the good ol'61]], even if that fact [[AllThereInTheManual gets pretty seldom mentioned]]. This is in part because the ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' anime itself depicts about 3.5 out of the 12 months of the One Year War, and the last two months of the war were fought mostly in space. The majority of the ground combat had already happened. Even the most important land battle depicted in the anime, Operation Odessa, focuses almost entirely on the Gundam while ignoring the ''six thousand'' Type 61 tanks that were the bulk of the ground forces' firepower.

** In the Alternate Universes, we have the Tragos (''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', also a HoverTank), Daughtress Tank (''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''), [=ZuOOT=]/[=GaZuOOT=] and, Linear Tank (with its hexagonal INNER barrel; railguns don't need rifling, after all), and in a sense, the [=BuCUE=] and [=LaGOWE=] (''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'') and Union Realdo Hover Tank (''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''). *** The Earth Alliance's [=Zamza-Za=] Mobile Armor from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. The [[SpiderTank Gells-Ghe (the half-spider/half strike dagger)]] and [[WalkingTank one of the Destroy's forms]] count as well.
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** In the Alternate Universes, we have the Tragos (''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', also a HoverTank), HoverTank, though if necessary it can detach its hover skirt and transform into a humanoid mobile suit), Daughtress Tank (''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''), [=ZuOOT=]/[=GaZuOOT=] (which are TransformingMecha, but their mobile suit mode has no discernible advantage over tank mode) and, Linear Tank (with its hexagonal INNER barrel; railguns don't need rifling, after all), and in a sense, the [=BuCUE=] and [=LaGOWE=] (''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'') (basically {{Walking Tank}}s, aside from the fact that they have a dog-like head carrying a [[LaserBlade beam saber]] in its "mouth") (all from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'') and Union Realdo Hover Tank (''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''). *** The Earth Alliance's [=Zamza-Za=] Mobile Armor from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. The [[SpiderTank Gells-Ghe (the half-spider/half strike dagger)]] Strike Dagger)]] and [[WalkingTank one of the Destroy's forms]] count as well.

* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' (a.k.a. the "Masters" arc of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') had the Spartas Hovertanks, which could [[TransformingMecha transform]] into HumongousMecha and Walking Tank modes.
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' (a.k.a. the "Masters" arc of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') had the Spartas Hovertanks, H2overtanks, which could [[TransformingMecha transform]] into HumongousMecha and Walking Tank modes.

* During [[spoiler:Mustang's coup d'etat]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', one of the military men, while commenting on the opposition's fighting power, remarks that it's not like they have ''tanks''. [[TemptingFate Guess what shows up a few panels later.]]
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* During [[spoiler:Mustang's coup d'etat]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', one of the military men, while commenting on the opposition's fighting power, remarks that it's not like they have ''tanks''. [[TemptingFate Guess what shows up a few panels later.]]]] Turns out that [[spoiler:the Briggs soldiers]] disassembled a tank, then smuggled all the parts into Central and reassembled it by hand.
26th Dec '15 11:41:05 AM nombretomado
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* The SilverAge [[TheDCU DC Universe's]] Haunted Tank. The first version involved a WorldWarII tank haunted by its commander's ancestor, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate General J.E.B Stuart]], as penance for supporting slavery. This naturally causes occasional friction in the crew, since the tank's gunner is black. The Haunted Tank recently reappeared in a Vertigo series set in modern Iraq. The general's new descendant is this Abrams tank's commander, who is descended from Stuart and one of his slaves.
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* The SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} [[TheDCU DC Universe's]] Haunted Tank. The first version involved a WorldWarII tank haunted by its commander's ancestor, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate General J.E.B Stuart]], as penance for supporting slavery. This naturally causes occasional friction in the crew, since the tank's gunner is black. The Haunted Tank recently reappeared in a Vertigo series set in modern Iraq. The general's new descendant is this Abrams tank's commander, who is descended from Stuart and one of his slaves.
25th Dec '15 11:35:31 PM himmelicht
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** Heavy tanks may be, but those tracks distribute the load well, so the M1A1 has only twice the ground pressure of a man ''standing still'' (the ground pressure goes up when walking).
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** Heavy tanks may be, but those tracks distribute the load well, so the M1A1 [=M1A1=] has only twice the ground pressure of a man ''standing still'' (the ground pressure goes up when walking).
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