Can You Name These Tanks From an Image?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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About This Quiz

If your idea of a night of Netflix is a great war movie complete with numerous heavy artillery battlefield scenes, then we've got a quiz for you. We've compiled images of 35 tanks, and we challenge you to identify them all. How well do you think you know these awesome military vehicles? Take this quiz to find out.

Yup, we're talking about THAT kind of tank... the kind of tank that is used on the front lines of military combat, because it is equipped with heavy firepower, an armored exterior, and a kick-butt engine. Tanks, as weapons of war, are designed to be intimidating if not as indestructible as possible. But how have tanks changed since the first time they hit the battlefield?

What we know as the tank has been in play in modern warfare for more than 100 years. Three pieces of a puzzle had to come together for this war machine to come to fruition: the internal combustion engine, armor plating, and continuous track maneuvering. Without these key components, soldiers would still be hiding in Trojan horses to overcome the enemy by surprise.

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about military tanks.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe M46 Patton is a medium tank which was first brought into service in 1949. It (along with several other tanks) is named after General George Smith Patton Jr., a renowned leader in the United States Army.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe Ontos is described as an anti-tank/anti-personnel vehicle. At the time of its development in the 1950s, the Ontos (Greek for “thing) was unlike any other armored vehicle seen anywhere in the world. Almost 300 of this small, 6-gun, 3-man vehicle were built.

Country of Origin: Israel%0DThe Merkava main battle tank has been in service with Israel Defense Forces since 1978. The Merkava has undergone several upgrades and redesigns over the years, with at least 4 variations currently being used by the country.

Country of Origin: West Germany%0DThe Wiesel AWC (armored weapons carrier) is a tankette – the designation given to small tanks which are roughly the size of a car. It weighs about 4.5 tons, takes a crew of 2 to 3 soldiers and is meant to be transportable by air.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DThe Crusader (or Cruiser Tank MK IV Crusader) was used by the British Army in WWII. The very first cruiser tanks were developed after the First World War as an alternative to heavy, slow-moving tanks which had been used in that war.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThis main battle tank is named after General Creighton Abrams, who served in the U.S. Army for 28 years, becoming its Chief of Staff shortly before his death. At almost 68 tons, the M1 Abrams is one of the heaviest tanks in operation.

Country of Origin: U.S.S.R.%0DThe T-27 is a tankette manufactured by the Soviets in the 1930s from a design based directly on the British Vicker 6-ton. Roughly 2,500 T-27s were made.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DFollowing WWII, the Centurion became the main battle tank most widely used by British forces. Its top speed was just 22 mph, but it ranked high in terms of armor protection and firepower.

Country of Origin: U.S.A%0DThe M4 Sherman medium tank has been in operation since 1942. Its top speed is just 24 mph, but it was produced in large enough numbers to be used by several of the Allied armies in World War II. In fact, over 48, 000 M4 Sherman tanks were produced in just over 3 years.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe United States Army developed the M26 Pershing medium tank as a way to counter the effect of daunting German Panzer tanks in the Second World War. Production of the M26 Pershing began too late, however, for it to make much of a contribution to Allied efforts.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DThe Mark 1 is the very first tank ever built. In fact, the name tank originates with it. The Mark 1 debuted in 1916 during the First World War and is often referred to as the WW1 Tank.

Country of Origin: South Korea %0DThe K2 Black Panther is an advanced main battle tank and very expensive to manufacture. Each one costs about US$8.5 million to produce.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe M22 Locust is described as an airborne light tank combat vehicle. It was developed and used during WWII – designed and built by the American upon the request of the British for a suitable support for their airborne troops.

Country of Origin: U.S.S.R.%0DProduction of the T-54 and T-55 series of tanks began just after the Second World War and approximately 100, 000 units have been built. The T-54/T-55 attains a top speed of 30 mph.

Country of Origin: France%0DThe SOMUA S35 was produced between 1935 and 1940. It is described as a cavalry tank/medium tank and is considered by some to have been the best medium tank in operation during the Second World War.

Country of Origin: France%0DBoth France and the United Arab Emirates use the Leclerc as a main battle tank in their armies. Its modular armor is made up of steel, Kevlar and ceramics. Damaged modules can be easily removed and replaced.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe Heavy Tank T30 was a prototype (or pilot) developed by the Americans close to the end of WWII. With the ending of the war on all fronts, further development the Heavy Tank T30 (as well as the T29 and T28 pilots) was abandoned.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe M1A2 SEP is an upgrade on the highly successful M1 Abrams main battle tank. Its features include improved armor protection and an improved cooling system.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe M551 Sheridan is described as an armored reconnaissance airborne assault vehicle. It is a light tank meant to be dropped into position by parachute. The M551 also has amphibious capabilities.

Country of Origin: Ukraine%0DThe Oplot-M (also called the T-84 Oplot and the T-84) has been in production since 1994. Currently, both Ukraine and Thailand have Oplot-M main battle tanks in their service.

Country of Origin: U.S.S.R.%0DThe Kliment Voroshilov heavy tank (KV-1) was once regarded as the most powerful tank in existence. The prototype for the KV-1 was developed in 1938. When built, it weighed 58 tons and had a two-turret design.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DThe British Army began using the Challenger 1 main battle tank in 1983 but its use was phased out by 2000. Modified versions of the Challenger 1 are still in use with the Royal Jordanian Army.

Country of Origin: Japan %0DAlso called the Type 89 Chi-Ro, the Type 89 I-Go is a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army from 1932 to 1942. It was a product of Japan’s intention to produce its own tank instead of either having tanks purchased from other countries or home built copies of foreign designs.

Country of Origin: Japan%0DThe Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has been using the Type 10 since 2012. Type 10 weighs just under 50 tons and boasts high forward and backward mobility.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DWhen production of the Vickers Medium Mark 1 began in the 1920s, it was among the first set of tanks to be mass-produced. A total of 30 units were built.

Country of Origin: Russia%0DThe T-90 is an advanced main battle tank in service with the Russian Army. Over 3000 of this highly successful tank have been built with many of that number exported to several other countries.

Country of Origin: Japan%0DJust like its predecessor the Type 4 Chi-To, the much anticipated Type 5 Chi-Ri never got past the prototype (or pilot) stage of development. Both were medium tanks, with the Type 4 Chi-To weighing 33 tons and the Type 5 Chi-Ri coming in at 37 tons.

Country of Origin: Germany%0DThe Mk IV Panzer (or Panzer IV) medium tank was used by German forces during WWII. It ranked very low in terms of maneuverability but in the early years of the war it was a formidable, almost unstoppable, tank.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThis medium tank was first brought into service in 1941. Its official designation is Medium Tank, M3 but when in British service it was called either Lee or Grant after U.S. Civil War generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant.

Country of Origin: U.S.A.%0DThe only two T28 Super Heavy Tanks ever built weighed an extraordinary 95 tons each. They hold the distinction of being the heaviest tanks ever built by the United States Army.

Country of Origin: Japan%0DThe Type 90 is a main battle tank used by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. Production of the Type 90 ran from 1990 to 2009, during which time a total of 341 tanks were built.

Country of Origin: Japan%0DThe Type 95 Ha-Go is a light tank produced between 1936 and 1943. It holds the distinction of being the first enemy tanks that U.S. forces engaged during WWII.

Country of Origin: France%0DThe Renault FT was designed in 1916 and has featured prominently in many wars since, beginning with WWI. Its design was ruled as revolutionary, which actually carries a double meaning since the Renault FT was the very first tank to have a fully rotating, armed turret.

Country of Origin: Israel%0DThe Israel Defense Forces began using the Merkava Mk.4 main battle tank in 2004. The Merkava Mk.4 boasts some of the best all round armor protection of any tank in the world.

Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia %0DAfter Nazi Germany took over Czechoslovakia in 1938, the Panzer 38(t) light tank became a part of the German Army’s armored vehicle arsenal. It was widely used by German forces during the Second World War.

Country of Origin: U.S.S.R.%0DThe T-34 is credited with having influenced the design of all tanks which came after it. It is a medium tank which has received high praise for its armor protection, firepower and maneuverability.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DThis British-made light tank was considered for use by the British Army but military decision makers rejected it. It has, however, done service for both Poland and Finland.

Country of Origin: France%0DA total of 405 Char B1 heavy tanks were built and put into service by French forces between 1936 and 1945. The Char B1 was touted for its firepower and armor protection, but it ranked low in terms of maximum speed and had a high fuel consumption.

Country of Origin: India%0DThe Arjun main battle tank is named after Arjuna, a hero in Indian mythology. It is the first tank to be developed by India. The Arjun was put into service in 2004 although development began from as far back as 1974.

Country of Origin: Germany%0DWhen Germany began using the Tiger heavy tank in 1942, it was one of the most feared tanks in the Second World War. It was an extremely heavy tank but could go at relatively high speeds – up to 28 mph.

Country of Origin: China%0DThe Type 99 is a main battle tank in service with Chinese forces from 2001 to present. It is built from a prototype known as Type 98 and has itself been upgraded to Type 99A.

Country of Origin: Russia%0DThe T-14 Armata is referred to as simply the Armata or the T-14. Development of this main battle tank began in 2011 and the Russian Army began using the pre-production versions of the Armata in 2015 on a trial basis.

Country of Origin: France%0DThe Schneider CA1 served French forces during the First World War. Approximately 400 were built, each one manned by a crew of 6 soldiers.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom and U.S.A.%0DThe Mark VIII is also called The International or the Liberty. It was produced shortly after the end of WWI and is distinguished as the first tank developed through collaboration of nations (between the United Kingdom and the United States).

Country of Origin: West Germany %0DThe West German army began using the Leopard 2 as a main battle tank in 1979. Nearly 3,500 tanks were made, of which approximately 1,000 were exported to other countries.

Country of Origin: Sweden%0DThe Stridsvagn 103, Strv 103 or simply S-Tank is an amphibious main battle tank developed by Sweden after WWII. It is a low-profile, turretless tank meant to be used in mostly defensive positions.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DThe Challenger 2 has a high level of armor protection and is, in fact, one of the most protected main battle tanks currently in operation. While the Challenger 2 is slow when compared to some other main battle tanks, its mechanical reliability is considered to be far superior.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DThe FV4201 Chieftain (also called simply Chieftain) is a main battle tank developed by the British and widely used by the British Army from 1966 to 1995. A number of Chieftain tanks have been exported to Middle East countries including Iran, Jordan and Iraq.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom%0DAlso known simply as Matilda and as Waltzing Matilda, this infantry tank was used by the British during WWII. It was low on speed and firepower but holds the distinction of being the only British tank in service for the entire war.

Country of Origin: China%0DAlthough the Type 59 was produced by China, it is considered to be a copy of the Soviet T-54 main battle tank. Externally, the two were almost identical, but the Chinese version was mechanically adjusted to suit that country’s requirements.

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