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In this section you can learn all about armored transports like tanks and Humvees. Find out what makes them so tough and how they are used in combat situations.

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M-24 Chaffee Light Tank

The M-24 Chaffee Light Tank retained the speed and agility of the M-3 Stuart while adding needed firepower. A total of 4,415 tanks were produced before the war ended in 1945. Climb into the hatch of the M-24 Chaffee.


The Military Ground Assault Vehicles Quiz

The Military Ground Assault Vehicles Quiz

Sometimes air power isn't enough, and ground forces must be sent in. See how much you know about military ground assault vehicles at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Modern Armored Warfare: The Tanks Quiz

Modern Armored Warfare: The Tanks Quiz

See how much you know about armored warfare with this HowStuffWorks quiz on tanks from World War I to the present day. See more »

Do we still need nuclear submarines?

Do we still need nuclear submarines?

The need for nuclear submarines has been questioned in our post-Cold War world: Are these subs necessary? Learn about the need for nuclear submarines. See more »

Type 61 Main Battle Tank

Type 61 Main Battle Tank

The Type 61 Main Battle Tank was the first armored vehicle designed and built in post-war Japan. Read about the Type 61 Main Battle Tank. See more »

Type 97 SHINHOTO CHI-HA Medium Tank

Type 97 SHINHOTO CHI-HA Medium Tank

The Japanese Type 97 SHINHOTO CHI-HA Medium Tank and its variants were deployed against Allied troops in World War II. Learn more about Type 97 tanks. See more »

Merkava Main Battle Tank

Merkava Main Battle Tank

The Merkava Main Battle Tank takes the best features from American, British and Soviet tanks and has been Israel's main line of defense since 1979. See more »

Type 95 KE-GO Light Tank

Type 95 KE-GO Light Tank

The Type 95 KE-GO Light Tank was designed to be lighter and faster than the previous Type 89 model. Learn more about this historic Japanese tank. See more »

The Stridsvagn 103 Main Battle Tank

The Stridsvagn 103 Main Battle Tank

The Stridsvagn 103 was the first practical turretless main battle tank to be developed. Come explore the history and technology of this historic tank. See more »

Japanese Type 89 Chi-Ro Medium Tank

Japanese Type 89 Chi-Ro Medium Tank

The Japanese Type 89 CHI-RO Medium Tank first saw military combat action in 1932. See more »

Is the army testing an invisible tank?

Is the army testing an invisible tank?

An invisible tank could give any military a distinctive edge on the battlefield. Find out how the British army is developing an invisible tank. See more »