Tanks and Fighting Vehicles

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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T-72 Main Battle Tank

The Soviet T-72 Main Battle Tank was heavily armored and served through the fall of the Soviet Union. This tank featured up to 11 inches of armor on the front of the turret and eight inches everywhere else. Explore features of the T-72 Main Battle Tank.

T-80 Main Battle Tank

The T-80 Main Battle Tank continued the evolution of T-64 and T-72, adding a gas turbine engine. Because of the engine, this particular tank had the capability to reach 40 miles per hour. Explore the T-80 Main Battle Tank at HowStuffWorks.

Panzerkampfwagens I and II

Panzerkampfwagens I and II were secretly developed by the Nazis in defiance of the Versailles Treaty. These tanks were intended as training tanks. They were armed with only a pair of machine guns. Learn more about Panzerkampfwagens I and II.

Panzerkampfwagens III and IV

Panzerkampfwagens III and IV evolved from earlier models, adding specific features for targeted attacks. It was the first tank built by the Nazis that was designed for actual combat. Explore Panzerkampfwagens III and IV.

M-3 Stuart (Honey)/M-5 Light Tank

The M-3 Stuart and M-5 Light Tank were nicknamed 'Honey' for their smooth and agile handling. These tanks were equipped with extra fuel tanks, which allowed for greater range. Explore the M-3 Stuart (Honey) and M-5 Light Tank.

M-3 Grant/Lee Medium Tank

The M-3 Grant/Lee Medium Tank was developed to help the United States face the growing threat of World War II. Except for a few T-4s, no medium tank was produced in the inter-war period. Explore the M-3 Grant/Lee Medium Tank.

M-4 Sherman Medium Tank

The M-4 Sherman Medium Tank boasted thick armor and was powerful enough to match nearly any tank of its era. At the time of construction, the M-4 had the thickest armor ever used on an American tank. Learn about the M-4 Sherman Medium Tank.

M-26 General Pershing Heavy Tank

The M-26 General Pershing Heavy Tank was developed during World War II to compete with powerful German tanks. These tanks were designed to eliminate some of the shortcomings of the M-4 tanks. Explore the M-26 General Pershing Tank.

M-41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank

The M-41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank was a quick and agile tank designed for reconnaissance missions. Although lightweight, this tank was built to defend itself against other medium tanks. Explore the 1950 M-41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank.

M-47 General George S. Patton Medium Tank

M-47 General George S. Patton Medium Tank was a hybrid of two tanks created after the start of the Korean War. This tank was important in that it was the last time that a tank featured a hull machine gunner. Explore the M-47 Patton Medium Tank.

M-48 General George S. Patton Medium Tank

The M-48 General George S. Patton Medium Tank was developed in anticipation of the Cold War and used in the Korean War. All M-48s were equipped with main guns that can fire a wide variety of ammunition types. Explore the M-48 Patton tank.

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.

How Crusher Works

At the Carnegie Mellon debut, a Crusher prototype rolled over and crushed piles of cars that would have most monster trucks backing up with their tails between their legs. Crusher is no typical truck. It can drive right over a 4-foot vertical wall while carrying 8,000 pounds of cargo – and no people.

How Strykers Work

The U.S. Army's Stryker is a lesson in flexibility: There are as many Stryker configurations as there are tasks to complete in today's military. Plus, it's easier to deploy than the mighty M1. Learn all about the Army's ambitious Stryker project: anywhere in the world within 96 hours.

How Bradley Fighting Vehicles Work

The U.S. military uses the Bradley Fighting Vehicle to scout enemy positions and transport troops into hostile territory. With land and sea capabilities, as well as speed and heavy-duty weapons, it's well-outfitted for the job. Learn all about the Bradley and check out some great action photos.

How M1 Tanks Work

The M1 can withstand an attack from any tank out there -- including another M1. Learn all about the toughest armored land vehicle in the world.