10 greatest tank battles

From Somme to 73 Eastings, here’s how tanks shaped wars

Battle of the Somme (1916): The British army employed tanks against the Germans for the first time in history.

Battle of the Somme (1916): The British army employed tanks against the Germans for the first time in history. At least 40 primitive tanks rumbled into enemy lines but soon broke down as they couldn’t take on the German counter-offensive. (Getty)

The Battle of Cambrai (1917): The British charged at the Germans yet again-- this time with 476 combat tanks.

The Battle of Cambrai (1917): The British charged at the Germans yet again-- this time with 476 combat tanks that advanced 2 miles into enemy zone. Germans did recover eventually but Cambrai was a thrust towards a long history of tank warfare.
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Khalkhin Gol (1939): Soviet troops had occupied Khalkhin Gol with about 500 sophisticated T-26s during WW2.

Khalkhin Gol (1939): Soviet troops had occupied Khalkhin Gol with about 500 sophisticated T-26s during WW2. The Japanese with their redundant tanks didn’t really stand a chance. Casualty count: 60,000. (Others)

Bloody Brody (1940): Germany’s Axis tanks took on Russia's T-34s for the first time.

Bloody Brody (1940): Germany’s Axis tanks took on Russia's T-34s for the first time. In an ideal scenario, Germany would have lost to the Soviet 34s' "mos efficient" tank design. However, the Soviets lost due to aerial attacks and poor maneuvering. Image courtesy: Wikipedia (Others)

Battle of Kursk (1943): One of the greatest tank battles in history saw 3000 German tanks pitted against double the Russian artillery.

Battle of Kursk (1943): One of the greatest tank battles in history saw 3000 German tanks pitted against double the Russian artillery. Germany's far more superior tankers lost out to the defence of their 'Eastern Front' by the Russians, an effort considered nothing short of "suicidal bravery". (Others)

Battle of Normandy (1944): The Allies kickstarted their invasion of northwest Europe with this landmark battle.

Battle of Normandy (1944): The Allies kickstarted their invasion of northwest Europe with this landmark battle which took place on the northern coast of France. Tanks of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade demolished a ruthless German defence. Image courtesy: Wikipedia (Others)

Battle of Chawinda (1965): One of the largest tank battles between the Indian and the Pakistan armies during the Indo-Pak war.

Battle of Chawinda (1965): One of the largest tank battles was fought between the Indian and the Pakistan armies during the Indo-Pak war. Both the armies were evenly matched. UN brokered the end of the war asking for an unconditional surrender from both sides. Image courtesy: Wikipedia (Others)

Battle of Ben Het (1969): The famous tank battle took place at the Ben Het Camp.

Battle of Ben Het (1969): The famous tank battle took place at the Ben Het Camp, a former base of the US and Army of the Republic of Vietnam. Armoured PT-76s of the People's Army of Vietnam gained advantage over USA's M-48s, one of the few such encounters during the Vietnam War. Image courtesy: Wikipedia (Others)

Battle for the Golan Heights (1973): Israeli tankers were outnumbered as they fought Syrian troops and tanks along Golan Heights.

Battle for the Golan Heights (1973): Israeli tankers were outnumbered 3:2 as they fought Syrian troops and tanks along the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967. Called the Yom Kippur War, the battle was a part of the two-pronged offensive against the Jewish state by Egypt and Syria. Image courtesy: Wikipedia
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Battle of 73 Easting: A major victory for the American and British forces in the Gulf War.

Battle of 73 Easting (1991): A major victory for the American and British forces in the Gulf War as a part of their operation Desert Storm operation in Iraq. Iraq's 18th Mechanized Brigade and the 37th Armored Brigade were completely annihilated in the attack by the US 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment - they lost over 160 tanks. Image courtesy: Wikipedia (Others)