Quick Overview of Developments (WW1-Present)

What was developed and what changed?

NOTE: Observations by the student that they remember off the top of their head.

WW1:

  • Tanks first produced
    • Primitive design (Non-Classical layout)
    • Riveted steel construction
      • Bad armoring
    • Bad ventilation/internal conditions
    • Primitive tactics
      • Lack of combined arms experience
    • Extremely slow speeds
    • Early specialized tanks
      • Engineering Vehicles
      • Self-Propelled Artillery

WW2:

  • Improvements:
    • Improved design
      • Classical layout
    • Cast or welded steel construction
      • Improved armor (mostly from the front)
        • Angled armor
    • Improved ventilation/internal conditions
      • Radios
    • Improved armaments
      • Variable ammunition types (armor piercing, HEAT, HESH, HE etc.)
      • Bigger guns
    • Improved tactics
      • Better integration of combined arms tactics
        • Blitzkrieg!
    • More specialized tanks
      • More Engineering Vehicles
      • Tank Destroyers
      • Assault Guns

Cold War/Modern Era

  • Improvements
    • Classical layout
    • Composite Armoring (Cast/Welded, no more Steel Armor)
      • Reactive Armor
      • Angled armor becomes less useful
      • Contained Ammunition Storage (to prevent ammo fires/explosions)
    • Further improved ventilation/internal conditions
      • Interior reinforced to protect crew from Nuclear/Biological conditions
    • Improved armaments
      • More ammunition types
      • Even bigger, more accurate guns
    • Improved tactics
      • Full integration of combined arms tactics
    • Specializations/Removals
      • Light tanks replaced mostly by Armored Fighting Vehicles
      • No more assault guns or tank destroyers
      • Heavy/Medium tanks replaced by Main Battle Tanks (Tanks that can do almost everything that a Heavy/Medium/Light Tank can do)
      • Anti-Aircraft Tanks
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