Chart of Tanks & TDs

Since the development of modern armored tactics in World War II, the combination of military tanks and infantry in mutual support has been the main force of ground combat. This page lists most of the important American tanks along with other armored vehicles and a few examples of armor from other countries.

M4A3E8 Sherman tank exhibit at the Tropic Lightning Museum (25th Infantry Division ), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
M4A3E8 Sherman tank exhibit at the Tropic Lightning Museum (25th Infantry Division ), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

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Chart of Tanks and Tank Destroyers

In this chart of tanks, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific tank.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
  American Armor  
M-1 Abrams M-1 Abrams Main Battle Tank M-1 Abrams Main Battle Tank
Bradley M-2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle
M-3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle
Bradley Fighting Vehicle System M2, M3
M-1 Combat Car M-1 Combat Car (Light Tank) M-1 Combat Car (Light Tank)
M-2 Light M-2 Light Tank M-2 Light Tank
M-2 Medium M-2 Medium Tank M-2 Medium Tank
M-3 Stuart M-3 Stuart Light Tank. See M-5. M-3 Stuart Light Tank
M-3 Lee M-3 Lee Medium Tank
British version with squatter, wider turret is called "Grant"
M-3 Lee Medium Tank
M-4 Sherman M-4 Sherman Medium Tank
Many variants. See also:
M-4 Sherman Medium Tank
M-5A1
Stuart
M-5A1 Stuart Light Tank M-5A1 Stuart Light Tank
M-6 M-6 Heavy Tank M-6 Heavy Tank
M-8
Ridgeway
AGS
M-8 Ridgeway Armored Gun System M-8 Ridgeway AGS Armored Gun System
M-10 M-10 Tank Destroyer M-10 Tank Destroyer
M-18 M-18 Tank Destroyer M-18 Tank Destroyer
M-22 M-22 Light Tank (Airborne) Locust M-22 Light Tank (Airborne) Locust
M-24 M-24 Chaffee Light Tank M-24 Chaffee Light Tank
M-26 M-26 Pershing Heavy Tank M-26 Pershing Heavy Tank
M-36 M-36 Tank Destroyer M-36 Tank Destroyer
M-41 M-41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank M-41 Walker Bulldog Light Tank
M-46 M-46 Patton Medium Tank M-46 Patton Medium Tank
M-47 M-47 Patton Tank M-47 Patton Tank
M-48 M-48 Patton Tank M-48 Patton Tank
M-60 M-60 Patton Tank M-60 Patton Tank
M-103 M103 Heavy Tank
T43 in prototype, introduced in 1952.
M103 Heavy Tank
M-551 M-551 Sheridan Light Tank
Introduced in Vietnam, in Army inventory for decades.
M-551 Sheridan Light Tank
T-16 Universal Carrier T-16 Universal or Bren Gun Carrier. T-16 Universal or Bren Gun Carrier
  British Armor  
Scorpion Scorpion Light Tank CVR(T) (British)
Photo: Courtesy of Alan Wise
Scorpion Light Tank CVR(T) (British)
  Former Soviet Union/Russian/Ukraine Armor  
T-72 T-72 Soviet Main Battle Tank T-72 Soviet Main Battle Tank
  Israeli Armor  
Merkava Israeli IDF Merkava Main Battle Tank Israeli IDF Merkava Main Battle Tank

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