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24th Jul '16 2:49:11 PM lorgskyegon
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** The Abrams also drinks fuel. As in, 20 gallons per mile. No, not miles per gallon. It consumes about 20 gallons of fuel for every mile it travels. Without a steady supply of tanker trucks keeping it topped up, they quickly become very expensive, hard to kill ''bunkers''. Jet engines are fuel hogs, after all. There's a reason everybody else uses diesel engines: you give up performance but get a massive increase in combat range. Still, almost all tanks have maximum speeds around 40-45mph: It's the Abrams which is almost unique among contemporary tanks in being able to exceed this with the governor disabled.[[note]]Note well that past American tanks have all been noted speed freaks; 45 mph+ was definitely possible with the M60 Patton if it had its governor removed, and the same may have been true of other American tanks--as most of these have had governors and never had recorded speed tests without them, we'll never really know.[[/note]]

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** The Abrams also drinks fuel. As in, 20 gallons per mile. No, not miles per gallon. It consumes about 20 gallons of fuel for every mile it travels. Without a steady supply of tanker trucks keeping it topped up, they quickly become very expensive, hard to kill ''bunkers''. Jet engines are fuel hogs, after all. There's a reason everybody else uses diesel engines: you give up performance but get a massive increase in combat range. Still, almost all tanks have maximum speeds around 40-45mph: It's the Abrams which is almost unique among contemporary tanks in being able to exceed this with the governor disabled. As a bonus, though, the Abrams will consume the same amount of fuel at a dead stop as it does at full bore so high speed isn't a problem. [[note]]Note well that past American tanks have all been noted speed freaks; 45 mph+ was definitely possible with the M60 Patton if it had its governor removed, and the same may have been true of other American tanks--as most of these have had governors and never had recorded speed tests without them, we'll never really know.[[/note]]
22nd Jul '16 11:28:42 PM FGHIK
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Other armored fighting vehicles, like [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier armored personnel carriers]], self-propelled artillery and tank destroyers may be called tanks. [[TanksButNoTanks They're not. Don't be fooled!]] Likewise, don't listen to the [[CrazyAwesome deranged lunatics]] who keep wanting to [[WalkingTank put legs on them]]. [[BoringButImpractical Ridiculously impractical, that.]]

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Other armored fighting vehicles, like [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier armored personnel carriers]], self-propelled artillery and tank destroyers may be called tanks. [[TanksButNoTanks They're not. Don't be fooled!]] Likewise, don't listen to the [[CrazyAwesome deranged lunatics]] who keep wanting to [[WalkingTank put legs on them]]. [[BoringButImpractical [[AwesomeButImpractical Ridiculously impractical, that.]]
22nd Jul '16 11:28:15 PM FGHIK
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Other armored fighting vehicles, like [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier armored personnel carriers]], self-propelled artillery and tank destroyers may be called tanks. [[TanksButNoTanks They're not. Don't be fooled!]] Likewise, don't listen to the [[CrazyAwesome deranged lunatics]] who keep wanting to [[WalkingTank put legs on them]]. [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Ridiculously impractical, that.]]

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Other armored fighting vehicles, like [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier armored personnel carriers]], self-propelled artillery and tank destroyers may be called tanks. [[TanksButNoTanks They're not. Don't be fooled!]] Likewise, don't listen to the [[CrazyAwesome deranged lunatics]] who keep wanting to [[WalkingTank put legs on them]]. [[ItWillNeverCatchOn [[BoringButImpractical Ridiculously impractical, that.]]
10th Jul '16 7:40:58 PM Mlmmt3
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* British Infantry Tank II Matilda. Before late 1941 it completely outclassed anything the Germans and Italians could throw in, and the only weapon which had chances to destroy it was the [[CoolGun 88 mm anti-aircraft gun]]. It gained the nickname ''Queen of the Desert'' during the Operation Compass in 1940. Obsolete at West by 1942, the surviving Matildas were shipped to Far East - where it proved superior against anything the Japanese had. The Australians dubbed Matilda as ''Queen of the Jungle''. One of the more whimsical modifications was to equip Matilda with Hedgehog ''depth charge'' launcher. [No, it was not used against submarines, but Japanese bunkers.]

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* British Infantry Tank II Matilda. Before late 1941 it completely outclassed anything the Germans and Italians could throw in, and the only weapon which had chances to destroy it was the [[CoolGun 88 mm anti-aircraft gun]]. It gained the nickname ''Queen of the Desert'' during the Operation Compass in 1940. Obsolete at West by 1942, the surviving Matildas were shipped to Far East - where it proved superior against anything the Japanese had. The Australians dubbed Matilda as ''Queen of the Jungle''. One of the more whimsical modifications was to equip Matilda with Hedgehog ''depth charge'' launcher. (The Hedgehog is actually a Cluster mortar system, and uses impact-fused rounds) [No, it was not used against submarines, but Japanese bunkers.]]
9th Jul '16 3:10:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* BattleCity for the NES. SteelReign for [=PS1=].

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* BattleCity VideoGame/BattleCity for the NES. SteelReign VideoGame/SteelReign for [=PS1=].



* in the {{Borderlands 2}} DLC Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, by the time you reach the final battle with Piston you know he won't play fair given all of his cheating. His weapon of choice? A tank with missiles, flame breath, raining fire, the ability to do donuts while spewing fire from the exhausts, and the ability to perform a wheelie and create a shockwave. Complete with roaring metal dino-head on top, and Piston presents to you the armored Badassasaurus Rex. Best part: you fight it on foot.

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* in the {{Borderlands VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}} DLC Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, by the time you reach the final battle with Piston you know he won't play fair given all of his cheating. His weapon of choice? A tank with missiles, flame breath, raining fire, the ability to do donuts while spewing fire from the exhausts, and the ability to perform a wheelie and create a shockwave. Complete with roaring metal dino-head on top, and Piston presents to you the armored Badassasaurus Rex. Best part: you fight it on foot.
3rd Jul '16 11:42:50 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' (a.k.a. the "Masters" arc of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') had the Spartas H2overtanks, 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 H2overtanks, Hovertanks, which could [[TransformingMecha transform]] into HumongousMecha and Walking Tank modes.
28th Jun '16 12:20:37 PM BabyM
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* ''Webcomic/KatushaGirlSoldierOfTheGreatPatrioticWar:'' Katusha and her sister Milla are members of the crew of a T-34 fighting on the Eastern Front in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
20th Jun '16 12:43:38 AM jormis29
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* ''Sahara'' (the film with Creator/HumphreyBogart and the remake with James Belushi, ''not'' the Clive Cussler novel and its adaptation) has the protagonists using an M-3 Lee to escape from the Nazis overtaking the Allies' battle lines in Africa. It is one of the few advantages that the heroes have on the HoldTheLine LastStand that makes the bulk of the movie.

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* ''Sahara'' ''Film/Sahara1943'' (the film with Creator/HumphreyBogart and the remake with James Belushi, ''not'' the Clive Cussler novel and its adaptation) has the protagonists using an M-3 Lee to escape from the Nazis overtaking the Allies' battle lines in Africa. It is one of the few advantages that the heroes have on the HoldTheLine LastStand that makes the bulk of the movie.
16th Jun '16 8:22:32 PM justanid
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* The Swedish PowerMetal band Music/{{Sabaton}}, given their fondness for singing about militaria in general and WorldWarTwo in particular, naturally feature this trope ''quite heavily'' throughout their oeuvre. Special props to "Panzerkampf" (about the Battle of Kursk), "Panzer Battalion" (about the 2003 invasion of Iraq), and "Ghost Division" (about UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel's "ghost" tank division)."
-->''Armored tanks of mass destruction''\\
''Killers in the east''\\
''Rats who dares to stand before us''\\
''Feel our guns go live''
--->''Death in the shape of a panzer battalion!''
* The anthem of the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons WWII German tank korps]], ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awehbFe3P3U Panzerlied,]]'' which is so good the tune and lyrics have been adapted by the Chilean, Italian, and even ''French'' militaries, and (unofficially), by [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht modern German Army]]. Famously featured in ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge.''
-->''If it storms or snows, or the sun smiles on us,''\\
''The day burning hot, or the icy cold of night.''\\
''Dusty are our faces, but happy is our mind, yes, our mind.''\\
''Then roar our tanks in the storm's wind.''
* The Soviet tank forces had several fight songs that all sound pretty awesome and glorify their vehicles: "Three Tankmen" and "March of the Soviet Tankists" are the most famous. (Badly) translated from Russian:
-->''With their fire, and their strong steeling,\\
The tanks will win future battlefields,\\
We'll be ordered into battle by Comrade Stalin\\
And the Grand Marshal will be our leader.''
* The earliest song to feature tanks is the British WWI propaganda song "The Tanks that Broke the Ranks Out in Picardy", written after the first operational use of tanks at Cambrai:
-->''And the tanks went on, and they strolled along with an independent air,\\
And their guns began to blare, and the Huns began to swear,\\
For they pulled the trees up by the roots, and they made the Huns look like galoots,\\
Did the tanks that broke the ranks out in Picardy!''
* ''[[{{Franchise/Kirby}} Kirby]]'' can transform into a tank in both ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse''.
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* The Swedish PowerMetal band Music/{{Sabaton}}, given their fondness for singing about militaria in general and WorldWarTwo in particular, naturally feature this trope ''quite heavily'' throughout their oeuvre. Special props to "Panzerkampf" (about the Battle of Kursk), "Panzer Battalion" (about the 2003 invasion of Iraq), and "Ghost Division" (about UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel's "ghost" tank division)."
-->''Armored tanks of mass destruction''\\
''Killers in the east''\\
''Rats who dares to stand before us''\\
''Feel our guns go live''
--->''Death in the shape of a panzer battalion!''
* The anthem of the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons WWII German tank korps]], ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awehbFe3P3U Panzerlied,]]'' which is so good the tune and lyrics have been adapted by the Chilean, Italian, and even ''French'' militaries, and (unofficially), by [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht modern German Army]]. Famously featured in ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge.''
-->''If it storms or snows, or the sun smiles on us,''\\
''The day burning hot, or the icy cold of night.''\\
''Dusty are our faces, but happy is our mind, yes, our mind.''\\
''Then roar our tanks in the storm's wind.''
* The Soviet tank forces had several fight songs that all sound pretty awesome and glorify their vehicles: "Three Tankmen" and "March of the Soviet Tankists" are the most famous. (Badly) translated from Russian:
-->''With their fire, and their strong steeling,\\
The tanks will win future battlefields,\\
We'll be ordered into battle by Comrade Stalin\\
And the Grand Marshal will be our leader.''
* The earliest song to feature tanks is the British WWI propaganda song "The Tanks that Broke the Ranks Out in Picardy", written after the first operational use of tanks at Cambrai:
-->''And the tanks went on, and they strolled along with an independent air,\\
And their guns began to blare, and the Huns began to swear,\\
For they pulled the trees up by the roots, and they made the Huns look like galoots,\\
Did the tanks that broke the ranks out in Picardy!''
* ''[[{{Franchise/Kirby}} Kirby]]'' can transform into a tank in both ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheRainbowCurse''.
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5th Jun '16 4:32:37 AM onyhow
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*** Another problem with the crampness is the Christie Suspension, which, while good, eat up a lot of space. While the T-34M (which would replace the Christie suspension with torsion bar, amongst other improvements including turret for 3 people) never got into production, post-war Soviet tanks pretty much abandon Christie suspension due to that reason.

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*** Another problem with the crampness is the Christie Suspension, which, while good, eat up a lot of space. While the T-34M (which would replace the Christie suspension with torsion bar, amongst other improvements including turret for 3 people) never got into production, production due to outbreak of the war, post-war Soviet tanks pretty much abandon Christie suspension due to that reason.
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