If you're heading into battle, there are worse places to be than behind five inches of steel with a massive gun on a turret to discourage your enemies. See how much you know about armored warfare with this quiz on tanks from WWI to the present day.
The technological development of the treaded tank from earlier armored cars was driven by the need to overcome what battlefield obstacle in World War I?
thick concrete walls
massive piles of corpses
How many crew members were required to operate a British Mark I tank, the first to see combat action?
Why was the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux so notable?
It was the first time tanks fought against tanks in combat.
It was the first time tanks won a battle.
It was the battle during which Germany captured several British tanks, pushing German tank development ahead by decades.
The French Renault FT tank was a revolutionary design for what reason?
It was the first tank with a horsepower-per-ton ratio higher than 10.
It was the first tank with a rotating turret instead of side-mounted gun sponsons.
It was the first tank with a crew of one.
The Russian T-34 tank was successful in World War II partly due to its excellent performance, partly because the Soviets could produce so many of them. How many did they manufacture?
more than 80,000
just under 100,000
What was the most common U.S. tank in World War II?
What is the classification of a vehicle designed specifically to combat other tanks, trading off some aspect of performance for increased firepower?
The effective thickness of a tank's armor can be increased by doing what?
riveting the armor plates instead of welding them
increasing the internal volume of the tank
angling the armor relative to the expected direction of incoming rounds
What tanks formed the bulk of the Nazi armored force during the Blitzekrieg stages of World War II, when they invaded Poland and France?
Panzer I and II
Panzer III and IV
The German term for tank destroyer, Jagdpanzer, translates as…
What World War II battle is considered the largest tank-vs-tank battle in history?
the Battle of Kursk
the Battle of Moscow
the Battle of Berlin
After World War II, the various classifications of tanks (light, medium, heavy) were replaced by what new designation?
main battle tank
armored gun carriage
What was the first main battle tank?
American M46 Patton
What was the primary tank used by the U.S. in the Vietnam war?
A typical round fired from a tank is a ballistic armor-piercing round, basically a large non-explosive bullet shaped to penetrate armor. Another common option is a HEAT round. How do they work?
They generate an explosive jet that burns through the armor and damages interior components/crew.
They explode on the surface, damaging armor plates so that subsequent armor-piercing rounds do more damage.
They carry an initiator charge that superheats the armor, softening it a fraction of a second before the primary round strikes.
Reactive armor attempts to defeat HEAT rounds by doing what?
triggering a controlled explosion that disrupts the explosive jet
absorbing enough of the kinetic impact that the HEAT round's detonator never triggers
instantly adjusting the armor's angle to deflect the round away from the tank
When a round strikes metal armor, it can injure or kill the crew without penetration because shards of metal splinter from the inside of the tank. What is the term for this impact shrapnel?
The T28 Super-Heavy tank, also know as the T95, was a 100-ton monster meant to smash through concrete defenses (it was never put into production). How did the tracks differ from ordinary heavy tanks?
They were completely enclosed within the hull of the tank, except for the bottom surface.
It had four sets of tracks, two side-by-side pairs.
It had special turning tracks on the front and rear to aid in adjusting the fixed gun.
What is the primary tank in use by Russia (and several other nations) today?
The Merkava is the main battle tank of what nation?
The Swedish Stridsvagn 103 was a main battle tank with no turret and a gun in a fixed position. How was the gun aimed?
By turning the entire tank and lifting or lowering the suspension to raise or lower the gun
By turning the entire tank and using terrain to adjust the gun's elevation
By turning the entire tank and adjusting the elevation of the firing angle by using different types of ammunition
What was the term used for German tanks in World War II, which translates to "armored combat vehicle?"
Waffenträger auf Panzer
The heaviest tank produced by Germany before the end of World War II was the…
The speedy British medium tank the Cromwell was named after…
the Cromwell Proving Grounds near Leeds, where it was developed
General Nigel Cromwell, 18th century military hero
Oliver Cromwell, 17th century politician
When a tank is positioned behind a slope or other obstacle so that only the turret is visible to enemies, this is known as…
Although maintenance and repair units do the big jobs, every tank crew has to know how to perform what basic repair?
replace a broken driveshaft
weld a damaged armor plate
fix a thrown track
The Chi-Nu was a World War II tank produced by what country?
The U.S. M3 Lee tank was known by what other name, depending on the specific configuration?
Most of the Sherman tanks used in World War II were produced where?