The War on Wheels

The history of humanity is one of great inspiration but at the same time also one of great tragedy. The past has known countless wars and atrocities committed with or without justification. While the nature of man in some ways compels him to fight and struggle, the tools with which he waged war have changed, evolved and become more deadly.

Warfare for the most part of hgallipoli1915uman history was waged in such a way where infantry and man power availability had been decisive factors in winning or losing, the First World War however changed that paradigm forever. That was the war that first introduced deadly weapons such as machine guns against which cavalry and infantry charges proved useless. As a counter to that, the battle ground had witnessed the appearance of the first tanks.

With the introduction of armored warfare, the battle landscape had become much faster, and much more unpredictable. The true power of armored warfare was highlighted best during the Second World War by the German Wehrmacht with the introduction of a new way of waging war which that of the blitzkrieg referred to in English as lightning war. The concept behind this type of warfare was to use the increased mobility and fire power provided by the tanks to quickly break through enemy defensive lines, making way for the infantry to follow.

While the Second World War was in many ways the pinnacle of tank warfare with legends such as the Panther and Tiger tank for the Germans, the T-34 and KV-1 for the Russians, the Sherman for the Americans and so on, today’s armored vehicles are a lot more powerful and deadly.

At present, even though tanks incorporate significant technologies in both offensive capabilities such as L-55 German 120 mm cannon and defensive such as composite and reactive armor, they are more at risk today than they have ever been. While the era of the tank has not yet come to pass, there is a struggle to deal with smaller and cheaper weapons that can destroy it.