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Modern Armored Warfare: The Tanks Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • trenches
  • 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?

  • 4
  • 8
  • 10

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
  • almost 500,000

What was the most common U.S. tank in World War II?

  • M3 Lee
  • M4 Sherman
  • A13 Covenanter

What is the classification of a vehicle designed specifically to combat other tanks, trading off some aspect of performance for increased firepower?

  • medium tank
  • tankette
  • tank destroyer

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
  • Jagdpanther

The German term for tank destroyer, Jagdpanzer, translates as…

  • wolf tank
  • hunting tank
  • killer tank

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?

  • pure tank
  • main battle tank
  • armored gun carriage

What was the first main battle tank?

  • American M46 Patton
  • Russian KV-2
  • British Centurion

What was the primary tank used by the U.S. in the Vietnam war?

  • M48 Patton
  • M60
  • M1 Abrams

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?

  • spall
  • flak
  • duff

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?

  • T-90
  • T-70
  • IS-8

The Merkava is the main battle tank of what nation?

  • Israel
  • Syria
  • Belgium

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?"

  • Freundschaftsbezeigungen
  • Panzerkampfwagen
  • Waffenträger auf Panzer

The heaviest tank produced by Germany before the end of World War II was the…

  • Jagdpanzer IV
  • Panther
  • Tiger II

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…

  • dismounted
  • enfilade
  • hull down

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?

  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan

The U.S. M3 Lee tank was known by what other name, depending on the specific configuration?

  • M3 Grant
  • M3 Hyperion
  • M3aGf7

Most of the Sherman tanks used in World War II were produced where?

  • the Highland Park Ford plant
  • the Detroit Tank Arsenal
  • the Indianapolis Foundry

What is the top speed of an M1 Abrams tank?

  • 35 mph
  • 60 mph
  • 45 mph