Tomislav Pilekic

12-10-04

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TANKS

 

The definition of a tank is an enclosed heavily armored combat vehicle that is armed with cannon and machine guns and moves on continuous tracks. Basically it is designed to destroy enemy ground forces by direct fire and could cross through rough terrain and mud. Many minds contributed to the idea of the tank, but it was Winston Churchill who received most of the credit. Since it was his idea, he received a bad reputation because tanks were known as unreliable. When they first started building tanks, they were unreliable because it was underpowered, under armored, and unable to navigate battle terrain. It was a secret building the tanks because they were shipped around the country under canvass and in wooden crates. In some cases people thought they were big water carriers for the British army. The United States had adopted two tanks, one was six and a half tons and the other was 35 tons. By 1918 theUK had 1,391 tanks, France had 4,000, Germany had 20, Italy had 6, and the U.S. had 84 tanks. Approximately it coasted the U.S. 200,000,000 dollars to build 4,400 tanks, and of the 4,400 only 15 made it into France after the armistice. The main weapon of the tank is its big cannon in which some cases could shoot missiles. Other negatives about earlier tanks from World War1 could not shoot while moving. It usually took about two to three men to operate the massive machine and it would get very hot inside of it. Much later on, tanks became equipped with radios which made it easier to communicate.

 

 

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www.wikipedia.com

www.firstworldwar.com