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The infantry tank was a concept developed by the British and French in the years leading up to World War II. Infantry
Infantry
tanks were designed to support infantrymen in an attack. To achieve this, the vehicles were generally heavily armoured to allow them to operate in close concert with infantry even under heavy fire. The extra armour came at the expense of speed, which was not an issue when supporting relatively slow-moving foot soldiers. Once an attack supported by infantry tanks had broken through heavily defended areas in the enemy lines, faster tanks such as cruiser or light tanks were expected to use their higher speed and longer range to operate far behind the front and cut lines of supply and communications. The Infantry
Infantry
Tank
Tank
was superseded by the Universal Tank
Tank
concept which could adequately perform the roles of both infantry and cruiser tank, as represented by the Centurion which replaced both the Curchill and any Mediums or Cruisers then in service.

Contents

1 Background 2 Other tank types 3 History

3.1 Britain and France 3.2 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Germany 3.3 US 3.4 Japan 3.5 Italy

4 Aftermath

4.1 Nazi Germany 4.2 Analysis

5 See also 6 Notes 7 Footnotes 8 References 9 Further reading

Background[edit] See also: Experimental Mechanized Force The experimental armoured formations of the British army were mostly equipped with the Vickers Medium Tank
Tank
Mk I and Medium Mk II, which were judged obsolete by the 1930s; most of the vehicles were at the end of their mechanical life. It was impractical to build more because their road speed of only 18 mph (29 km/h) was too slow for manoeuvre warfare and their armament of a 3-pounder gun lacked the power to penetrate newer foreign tanks.[1] By 1931, experience with the Experimental Mechanized Force
Experimental Mechanized Force
led to the report of the Kirke Committee and specifications for three types of tank, a medium tank with a small-calibre anti-tank gun and a machine-gun, a light tank armed with machine-guns for reconnaissance and to co-operate with medium tanks by engaging anti-tank guns. A close support tank armed with a gun firing high explosive and smoke shells to give covering fire for tank attacks was also specified.[2] The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression
Great Depression
led to big reductions in the funds made available for the army. Money spent on tracked vehicles fell from £357,000 in 1931–32 to £301,000 in the year 1932–33 and exceeded the 1931 figure only in 1934–35.[3] In May 1934, Lieutenant-General Hugh Elles
Hugh Elles
was appointed Master-General of the Ordnance
Master-General of the Ordnance
and Brigadier Percy Hobart, the Inspector, Royal Tank
Tank
Corps, asked Vickers to design a tank for infantry co-operation, that could survive all existing anti-tank weapons and be cheap enough for mass production in peacetime. The next year, Vickers had a two-man tank design, with a machine-gun and powered by a civilian Ford V8 engine of 70 hp (52 kW). The prototype of October 1936 weighted 10 long tons (10 t) had a maximum speed of only 8 mph (13 km/h) but carried 60–65 mm (2.4–2.6 in) of armour and was mechanically reliable. The A11, Infantry
Infantry
Tank
Tank
Mk I, was the first Infantry
Infantry
tank (I tank) and the first practical expression of the decision to split design into I tanks and cruiser tanks, with different functions and tactics, supplied to separate units and formations.[2][4] The 1935 edition of the War Office publication, Field Service Regulations (FSR), containing the principles by which the army was to act to achieve objectives, was written by Major-General Archibald Wavell, made breakthrough the responsibility of infantry divisions with the support of Army Tank
Tank
Battalions, equipped with specialised vehicles for infantry-artillery co-operation, the slow and heavy Infantry
Infantry
tanks. Once a breakthrough had been created, a Mobile Division containing a tank brigade with light and cruiser tanks, would advance through the gap and use the speed and range of its tanks to surprise the defender and attack flanks, headquarters and non-combatant units. By 1939, further amendments to FSR added counter-attacks on an enemy armoured breakthrough. (The codification of the difference between Infantry
Infantry
and cruiser tanks and their functions in FSR 1935, accidentally created an obstacle to all-arms co-operation that lasted long into the Second World War.) Defence against tanks could be achieved by troops finding physical obstacles and by controlling their own anti-tank guns. The obstacles could be woods and rivers or minefields as long as they were covered by fire from other weapons. In places lacking convenient terrain features, lines-of-communication troops would also need anti-tank guns and be trained to set up localities suitable for all-round defence[5] The need for economy in the design and production of the A11, which was too small for a radio, led to work on a successor, the A12, Infantry
Infantry
Tank
Tank
Mk II in 1936. Capable of 15 mph (24 km/h), the A12 was still slow but had 60–70 mm (2.4–2.8 in) of armour, making it almost invulnerable to tank guns and standard foreign guns like the German 37 mm Pak 36 anti-tank gun. The tank had a four-man crew and a turret big enough for a radio and a Ordnance QF 2-pounder high-velocity gun, firing solid projectiles capable of penetrating all 1939–1940 German tanks. Vickers and government factories could not take on the work and it was farmed out to a civilian firm, which lacked experience, designers and draftsmen. It took until 1939 to bring the A12 into production as the "Matilda II" and it had not gone into service when the war began, only 67 A11s having been delivered. When the Matilda was supplied to Army Tank Battalions it was an effective tank in the Battle of France
France
and in the Western Desert Campaign, where it outclassed Italian tanks and was effective against standard Italian and German anti-tank guns from 1940–1941 but was later found to be too slow for the fast tempo that German panzer units could achieve and unable to engage the more powerful German anti-tank guns from long range with high explosive shells.[6][7][8] Other tank types[edit] Using later terminology, the infantry tank has been compared to a heavy tank, while the cruisers were compared to mediums, lights, or even armoured cars. This comparison can be misleading; late Second World War heavy tanks were intended to have superior anti-tank capabilities, which wasn't a focus of the traditional infantry tank. The infantry tank was different from either the "heavy tank" or "breakthrough tank" concepts, although some pre-war multi-turreted heavy machines such as the Soviet T-35
T-35
and the German Neubaufahrzeug
Neubaufahrzeug
( both taking some of their inspiration from the 1926 Vickers A1E1 Independent - an idea which was abandoned by the War Office in the late 1920s for lack of funding), which were similar, and with similar doctrines for their use. The Neubaufahrzeug
Neubaufahrzeug
was considered too slow for Blitzkrieg
Blitzkrieg
tactics and fell from favour. German, and to some extent Soviet, wartime doctrine shifted towards faster medium and heavy tanks fighting large multi-tank battles, with the role of the infantry tank in the assault taken by simpler Sturmgeschütz self-propelled gun. An important difference, however, was that heavy tanks were generally very well armed, while infantry tanks were not necessarily better armed than other types. For example, the Soviet 52-ton KV-1 heavy tank and 25-ton British Matilda II
Matilda II
infantry tank were deployed at about the same time in 1940. These two models had similar levels of armour protection and mobility, but the KV's (low velocity) 76.2 mm main gun was much larger than the Matilda's 2-pounder (40mm). In British practice, the main armament of the infantry tank went in three phases. The pre-Dunkirk British Army Matilda I had only a single heavy Vickers machine gun, a compromise forced by the lightness of its chassis and its target cost. The Matilda II
Matilda II
gained a capable anti-tank capacity for its time, with the 2-pounder, but these were only issued with solid-shot (i.e. non-explosive) for anti-tank use and had little effect as artillery when providing close support for the infantry. A separate variant of the Matilda was fitted with a 3-inch howitzer. The ultimate evolution of the British infantry tank concept began with the Churchill Mk I, where a hull-mounted 3-inch howitzer could support infantry assaults with HE shells while the turret had a 2-pdr for use against other tanks.[a] As the increasing size of tanks, and their turret ring diameters, allowed such a howitzer to be turret-mounted in vehicles such as the Crusader Close Support (CS) and Centaur CS cruiser tanks.[b] History[edit] Britain and France[edit] See also: British interwar tanks

British tank production October 1938 – June 1940[9]

Year Light I tank/ Cruiser Total

1938 4th Qtr 169 29 198

1939 734 235 969

1940 to June 140 418 558

Total 1,043 682 1,725

Since infantry tanks were to work at the pace of infantry units which would be attacking on foot, high speed was not a requirement and they were able to carry heavier armour. The first two purpose-designed infantry tanks, the A.11 Matilda Mark I armed with a heavy machine-gun and A.12 Matilda Mark II with a heavy machine gun and 2-pounder anti-tank gun. The Mark I had been ordered in 1938, but it had become clear that a better-armed tank would be needed and the Mark II, was already under design and would be ordered in mid-1938. The two saw action in the Battle of France
France
where in the Battle of Arras they caused a shock to the German panzer units. Losses of the Mark I in France
France
were not replaced but the Mark II Matilda remained in production. Infantry
Infantry
and cruiser tanks were expected to engage enemy tanks, hence the use of both the 2-pounder and then 6-pounder on both.[10] They were followed into service by the Infantry
Infantry
tank Mk III Valentine tank and A.22 Infantry
Infantry
Tank
Tank
Mk IV Churchill designs. The Valentine proved to be difficult to develop further but the Churchill went through successive variants and served up to the end of the war.

Matilda II
Matilda II
in the Western Desert Campaign

As British cruiser tank designs developed into larger vehicles with more powerful engines, they could carry bigger guns and more armour and yet still achieve high speeds. At the end of the war the cruiser tank lineage led to the "universal tank" in the form of the Centurion.[11] In practice the British did not operate only infantry and cruiser tanks. Lack of production capacity meant the large scale adoption of US medium tanks. During the inter-war years, the French Army adopted three light tanks in the infantry tank role. These were the Hotchkiss H35, the Renault R35 and the FCM 36. All three had two–man crews and were similar to the Matilda I in terms of size, weight and armour. However, they were better armed, having 37mm guns as well as co-axial machine guns. In practice, although able to resist hits from other tanks and anti-tank guns, and designed for good, albeit slow, cross-country performance, the separation of tank functions into specialised areas such as infantry and cruiser types was not effective. Invariably the cruisers ended up meeting enemy tanks in combat, while the infantry tanks were the only ones present when a breakthrough was accomplished. The infantry tank idea faded as tank design progressed during the war. It was eventually replaced outright with the general acceptance of the 'universal tank' idea. Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and Germany[edit] The concept was also employed by the other big tank-producing nation of the 1930s: the Soviet Union, as exemplified by the T-26. The T-26 was a light tank assigned to infantry units and thus fulfilled the infantry tank role. It had the relatively thin armour of a light tank, but with a potent 45 mm gun. Their BT tanks were the fast cruiser types. Germany
Germany
had its separate Panzerwaffe; the German infantry used phased out Panzerkampfwagen Is in its Independent Tank
Tank
Brigades. This is often seen as reflecting some explicit doctrine; in reality it was simply caused by a lack of funds, tank production not having any priority. When more money became available the Sturmgeschütz
Sturmgeschütz
III was taken into use by the artillery, in its original role of an infantry close support vehicle—the counterpart of the Allied Infantry
Infantry
tanks. US[edit] The US disbanded its Tank
Tank
Corps in 1919 and the National Defense Act 1920 defined tanks as an infantry responsibility and their purpose was to support the infantry. Few funds were available for tank development and only around two experimental tanks were produced a year. In the early 1930s, the promotion of mechanisation of the cavalry began. For political expediency and to avoid conflicting with the 1920 law, the tanks developed for the cavalry based on the infantry's light tanks were called "Combat Cars".[12] Medium tank
Medium tank
designs produced were focused on infantry support. The M2 Medium Tank
Tank
designed in the late 1930s had multiple machine guns to give all round fire and a 37 mm anti-tank gun. However before mass production could start the Battle of France
France
had already shown that a 75 mm gun was needed.[13] Japan[edit] The Japanese Imperial Army used tankettes as infantry support in the 1930s and into World War II. These small light tanks were also referred to as armoured cars (though they usually only held a crew of two and appeared like miniature tanks) and included the Type 92, Type 94, and Type 97 "TK" vehicles. Japanese troops would ride on the fast-moving tankettes, use them as tractors to pull equipment, or otherwise use them in support roles. Only later versions of the tankettes came equipped with anything other than machine guns. These vehicles were successful supporting infantry in campaigns against China in the 1930s but were not designed to engage other tanks with armour that was meant to repel only small arms fire. Italy[edit] The Fiat 3000
Fiat 3000
was the first tank to be produced in series in Italy. It was to be the standard tank of the emerging Italian armored units after World War I. The 3000 was based on the French Renault FT. The design was accepted with deliveries to begin in May 1919, but the end of the war caused the original order to be cancelled and only 100 were delivered. The first Fiat 3000s entered service in 1921 and were officially designated as the carro d'assalto Fiat 3000, Mod. 21. (" Fiat 3000
Fiat 3000
assault tank, Model 21").The up-gunned version of the Fiat 3000, armed with a 37/40 gun, was tested in 1929 and was officially adopted in 1930 with the designation of carro d'assalto Fiat 3000, Mod. 30. The Model 30, in addition to its improved armament, also differed from the Model 21 in that it had a more powerful engine, improved suspension, different engine compartment silhouette, and the external stores were stowed differently. Some Model 30s were also produced with two 6.5 mm machine guns as main armament, as on the Model 21, in lieu of the 37 mm gun. A limited number of Model 21 vehicles were exported to Albania, Latvia
Latvia
and Abyssinia (Ethiopia) prior to 1930. Some self-propelled guns were used for close support purposes. Aftermath[edit] Nazi Germany[edit] During the first few years of the war, the Panzer III
Panzer III
and Panzer IV functioned in the same way as a cruiser tank and infantry tank respectively, with the Panzer III's 37mm and 50mm cannons used to attack enemy tanks, and the Panzer IV's short 75mm cannon used to support infantry attacks. These roles began to break down during Operation Barbarossa
Operation Barbarossa
when German forces met the Russian T-34
T-34
and KV-1 tanks and struggled to penetrate their armor, forcing design and production changes. This led to the up-arming of the Panzer IV
Panzer IV
to a long barreled 75mm cannon, which could fire both armor piercing rounds and high explosive rounds, giving the tank a dual role. The Panzer III
Panzer III
was progressively removed from frontline armor units and relegated to a support role, with production ending in 1943. Analysis[edit] Despite the concept of splitting tanks into infantry and cruiser roles being an instance of the general economic principle of division of labour in mechanisation, during World War II, its application in mechanised warfare proved to be hugely inefficient in terms of technical development, production, maintenance, logistics and — worst of all — tactical flexibility. Therefore it was not surprising that during the war, it was progressively abandoned by all the major belligerent countries.[citation needed] See also[edit]

History of the tank Tanks in World War I Comparison of World War I tanks Tanks of the interwar period Tanks in World War II Comparison of early World War II
World War II
tanks Cold War Tanks Post-Cold War Tanks Armoured fighting vehicle

Notes[edit]

^ a few Churchills were fitted with the guns in reverse positions - 3 inch howitzer in turret and 2 pdr in hull ^ The turret ring bearing must carry the recoil force of the main gun, reduced by the mounting's buffer as well containing the gun breech and associated recoil distance of the gun. The turret and bearing diameter controls the bearing capacity, thus the limit of armament capacity.

Footnotes[edit]

^ Harris 1995, p. 238. ^ a b French 2001, p. 97. ^ Harris 1995, p. 237. ^ Harris 1995, pp. 240–241. ^ French 2001, pp. 33–34. ^ French 2001, pp. 97–98. ^ Harris 1995, pp. 209–301, 303, 305. ^ Plant 2014, p. 78. ^ Postan 1952, p. 103. ^ Fletcher 1993. ^ Fletcher 1993a, p. 122. ^ Chamberlain & Ellis 1969, p. 84. ^ Chamberlain & Ellis 1969, p. 105.

References[edit]

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Chamberlain, Peter; Ellis, Chris (1969). British and American Tanks of World War II: The Complete Illustrated History of British, American and Commonwealth Tanks, Gun Motor Carriages and Special
Special
Purpose Vehicles, 1939–1945. New York, NY: Arco. ISBN 978-0-668-01867-8.  Fletcher, D. (1993) [1989]. The Great Tank
Tank
Scandal: British Armour in the Second World War. part 1. London: HMSO. ISBN 978-0-11-290534-9.  Fletcher, D. (1993). The Universal Tank: British Armour in the Second World War. part 2. London: HMSO, for REME
REME
Museum. ISBN 978-0-11-290534-9.  Fletcher, D. (1994). Matilda Infantry
Infantry
Tank
Tank
1938–1945. New Vanguard. Oxford: Osprey. ISBN 978-1-85532-396-4.  French, David (2001) [2000]. Raising Churchill's Army: The British Army and the War Against Germany
Germany
1919–1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-924630-4.  Harris, J. P. (1995). Men, Ideas and Tanks: British Military Thought and Armoured Forces, 1903–1939. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-4814-2.  Plant, J. (2014). Infantry
Infantry
Tank
Tank
Warfare (rev. enl. ed.). London: New Generation. ISBN 978-1-78507-158-4.  Postan, M. M. (1952). British War Production. History of the Second World War: United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Civil Series. London: HMSO. OCLC 459583161. 

Further reading[edit] Books

Buckley, John (2006) [2004]. British Armour in the Normandy Campaign 1944. London: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-40773-1.  Murray, W.; Millett, A. R. (2006) [1996]. Military Innovation in the Interwar Period (17th ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-63760-2.  Ness, L. (2002). Jane's World War II
World War II
Tanks and Fighting Vehicles: The Complete Guide. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-711228-9.  Place, T. H. (2000). Military Training in the British Army, 1940–1944: From Dunkirk to D-Day. Cass Military History and Policy (pbk. ed.). London: Frank Cass. ISBN 978-0-7146-8091-0.  Postan, M. M.; et al. (1964). Hancock, K., ed. Design and Development of Weapons: Studies in Government and Industrial Organisation. History of the Second World War, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Civil Series. London: HMSO & Longmans, Green & Co. ISBN 978-0-11630-089-8.  Tucker, Spencer (2004). Tanks: An Illustrated History of Their Impact. Weapons and Warfare. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Information Services. ISBN 978-1-57607-995-9. 

Theses

Armstrong, G. P. (1976). The Controversy over Tanks in the British Army 1919 to 1933 (PhD). King's College London (University of London). OCLC 500372423. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.448107. Retrieved 2 November 2016.  Coombs, B. (2011). British Tank
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Production, 1934–1945 (PhD). University of Kent. OCLC 872698322. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.590028. Retrieved 10 March 2016.  (registration required) Forrester, C. J. (2010). Montgomery and his Legions: A Study of Operational Development, Innovation and Command in 21st Army Group, North-West Europe, 1944–45 (PhD). University of Leeds. OCLC 767733859. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.540781. Retrieved 2 November 2016.  Salmon, Roger Edward (2013). The Management of Change: Mechanizing the British Regular and Household Cavalry Regiments 1918–1942 (PhD). University of Wolverhampton. hdl:2436/315320. OCLC 879390776. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.596061. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 

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Little Willie "Female" tank "Male" tank Mks I, II, III Mk IV Mk V Mk VI Mark VII Mk VIII Mk IX Medium Mk A "Whippet" Medium Mk B Medium Mk C Flying Elephant Killen-Strait Armoured Tractor Lancelot de Mole's proposal* (1912)

French

Schneider CA1 Saint-Chamond Renault FT Breton-Prétot machine Boirault machine Frot-Laffly landship Souain prototype Levavasseur* (1903)

German

A7V K-Wagen LK I LK II Oberschlesien

Armoured Cars:

Büssing A5P Ehrhardt E-V/4

Austro-Hungarian

Günther Burstyn's Motorgeschütz* (1911) Austro Daimler
Austro Daimler
armoured car (1905)

Italian

Fiat 2000 Fiat 3000

American

M1917 light tank Ford 3-Ton M1918 Holt Gas-Electric Skeleton tank Steam tank Steam Wheel Tank

Russian

Tsar Tank Vezdekhod Mendeleev Tank* Rybinsk tank*

Belgian

Minerva Armoured Car

Italics—experimental prototypes; * concept only

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L3/33 L3/35 Carden Loyd Morris-Martel T-27 TKS Type 92 tankette Type 94 tankette Type 97 Te-Ke Tančík vz. 33 AH-IV

Light

H35 R35 Fiat 3000 Leichttraktor Light Tanks Mk I–V Light Tank
Tank
Mk VI Light Tank
Tank
Mk VII M1 Combat Car M2 Light Tank Panzer I Panzer II LT vz. 34 LT vz. 35 LT vz. 38 T1 Light Tank T7 Combat Car T-18 T-13 T-15 T-19 T-26 T-37 T-38 7TP Type 95 Ha-Go Vickers 6-Ton Vickers-Carden-Loyd Light Amphibious Tank

Medium

Char D1 Char D2 Grosstraktor Medium Mk I Medium Mk II Medium Mk III Panzer III T-24 T-28 Type 89 I-Go Type 97 Chi-Ni Type 97 Chi-Ha Type 98 Chi-Ho

Cavalry, Cruiser and Fast

AMC 34 AMC 35 AMR 33 AMR 35 BT tank Cruiser Mk I Cruiser Mk II Cruiser Mk III SOMUA S35

Infantry

FCM 36 Infantry
Infantry
Mk I, Matilda Renault R35 T-26 Type 89 I-Go

Heavy

Char B1 Neubaufahrzeug SMK T-35 T-100 Type 95 Heavy Tank Vickers A1E1 Independent

Super-heavy

FCM F1 Char 2C T-42

Armoured carriers

UE Chenillette Bren Gun Carrier

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7TP Fiat L6/40 M3/M5 Stuart M22 Locust M24 Chaffee Marmon-Herrington CTLS Renault R40 Schofield T-26 T-40 T-60 T-70 Tetrarch Toldi Type 98 Ke-Ni Type 2 Ke-To Type 2 Ka-Mi Type 4 Ke-Nu Type 5 Ke-Ho

Medium

Carro Armato P 40 40 M Turan I Fiat M11/39 Fiat M13/40 Fiat M14/41 Fiat M15/42 M2 Medium M3 Lee/Grant M4 Sherman Panzer III Panzer IV Panzer V Panther T-34 T-43 Type 97 ShinHoTo Chi-Ha Type 1 Chi-He Type 3 Ka-Chi Type 3 Chi-Nu Type 4 Chi-To Type 5 Chi-Ri Type 5 To-Ku Sherman Firefly

Cruiser

AMC 35 AMR 33 AMR 35 BT-2/BT-5/BT-7/BT-7M Cruiser Mk III Cruiser Mk IV Covenanter Crusader Cavalier Cromwell Mk VIII Challenger Comet Grizzly Ram Sentinel

Infantry

Black Prince Churchill Matilda I Matilda II T-26 T-50 Valentine Valiant Type 2 Ho-I

Heavy

IS tank KV tank M26 Pershing Tiger I Tiger II T-35

Assault

Excelsior T14 Sherman Jumbo Tortoise

Super-heavy

T28 TOG1 TOG2 O-I Panzer VII Löwe Panzer VIII Maus Panzerkampfwagen E-100 Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte Landkreuzer P. 1500 Monster

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AMX-30 AMX-40 Centurion Challenger 1 Chieftain Chonma-ho EE-T1 Osório K1 88 Leopard 1 Leopard 2 M1 Abrams M60 Patton M-84 Magach MBT-70 MBT-80 Merkava Object 187 Object 292 Object 785 OF-40 Panzer 68 Stridsvagn 103 T-62 T-64 T-72 T-80 TAM TR-85 Type 59 Type 61 Type 69/79 Type 74 Nana-yon Type 88 Vijayanta Vickers MBT WZ-122

Light

AMX-13 ELC Expeditionary tank M8 Armored Gun System M41 Walker Bulldog M551 Sheridan PT-76 Scorpion SK-105 Kürassier Spähpanzer SP I.C. Stingray Stridsvagn 74 T71 Light Tank T92 Light Tank Type 62 Type 63 Type 64 WZ-132

Medium

Charioteer M26 Pershing M46 Patton M47 Patton M48 Patton Panzer 58 Panzer 61 T-44 T-54/55 T95 Type 58

Heavy

AMX-50 Conqueror IS-3 Object 279 M103 T-10 T30 Stridsvagn KRV WZ-111

Tank
Tank
destroyers

Infanterikanonvagn 73 Infanterikanonvagn 91 Kanonenjagdpanzer M56 Scorpion M50 Ontos

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Under 120 mm gun

Ch'ŏnma-ho Ramses II

Under 50 tonnes

Al-Zarrar Al-Khalid P'okpoong-Ho PL-01 PT-91 Twardy T-84 T-90 Type 10 Type 59G Type 96 Zulfiqar

Over 50 tonnes

Ariete Arjun BM Oplot Challenger 2 K1 88-Tank K2 Black Panther Leclerc Leopard 2 M1 Abrams M60-2000 Merkava Sabra Type 90 Type 99 tank T-14 Armata VT-4 Main Battle Tank

Not in service

Altay Black Eagle EE-T1 Osório M-95 Degman M-84AS Black Tiger T-95 Tank
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