Think Tanks

By: Ronald McDonald

  

Intro

Have you ever wanted to see what is inside a tank or what they are capable of well if you read this you will know a lot more cool facts or things that you might not have known before did you know that a tank has gone 200mph before and you will read about nicknames for tanks and who invented the first tank, how many men are in a tank crew etc. if you want to read more about that then just sit down and read.

What It Is

How many men are in a tank crew and what are their positions? According to www.thortrain.net. The crew of a tank is generally four to five men.  These are:  Commander: he is the one who guides the tank, tells the crew where to go, what targets to shoot, etc.  Gunner: He aims the gun and fires.  Loader: the man who maintains and loads ammunition.  Driver: the man who actually steers and drives the tank.  Radioman: in World War II era tanks, he was responsible for communications with the rest of his unit.  He handled all communication with those outside the tank.  The radioman has been made obsolete by technology.  The commander also serves as radioman today. A crew of a tank has four to five positions in it.  Commander is someone who guides the tank and tells the crew where to go and what targets to shoot. Gunner is someone who aims and fires. Loader is the person who maintains and loads the bullets. Driver: the person who drives the tank. Radioman (or sometimes taken over by commander) would communicate with other tanks or units.  These are all very important positions. Wow I canŐt believe that a tank needs that many people to operate a tank.

How fast is the fastest tank? According to dbkb.wordpress.com. Engagement ranges approaching 22 miles were successfully demonstrated during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Jay Slaw has been clocked at a speed of over 200mph in desert sand which is simply astounding considering the vehicle weighs more than a thousand tons. The worldŐs fastest tank can go 200mph in desert sand. Wow I did not know a tank could go 200mph in the desert that is faster than my car I canŐt believe that such a heavy vehicle could go that fast

History

When was the first tank built? According to wikipedia.org. The development of Mark 1 tank began as a solution to the problem which trench warfare had brought to the western front. The first prototype of the Mark 1 tank was tested for the British Army on September 8, 1915 although initially termed "land ships" by the British Army. Initial vehicles were referred to as "water-carriers" (then shortened to "tanks") to preserve secrecy. While the British took the lead in tank development, the French were not far behind and fielded their first tanks in 1917. The Germans, on the other hand, were slower to develop tanks, concentrating on anti-tank weapons. The Mark 1 tank began as a solution to the problem, which trench warfare, had brought to the western front. The first prototype was tested for the British army on September 8, 1915 the French fielded their first tanks in 1917, and the Germans were concentrating on anti-tank weapons. Wow that is long time ago I didnŐt know that the first tank was fielded in 1917 that is 93 years ago!

 

How It Works

What are some nicknames for tanks? According to wikipedia.org. Some have nicknames like ŇDeathstalkerÓ and ŇBlack Magic.Ó A few are branded with swastikas or slogans saluting Stalin. The ones dressed in camouflage pose a strange question to a civilian: How could a 60-ton tank powered by a jet engine expect to go unnoticed? Some nicknames for the tank are "Black Magic" and "Deathstalker". Those are some pretty cool nicknames.

How many people can fit inside a tank?  According to wikipedia.org. The crew of a tank is generally four to five men.  These are:  Commander: he is the one who guides the tank, tells the crew where to go, what targets to shoot, etc.  Gunner: He aims the gun and fires.  Loader: the man who maintains and loads ammunition.  Driver: the man who actually steers and drives the tank.  Radioman: in World War II era tanks, he was responsible for communications with the rest of his unit.  He handled all communication with those outside the tank.  The radioman has been made obsolete by technology.  The commander also serves as radioman today. 3 or 4. Driver, Gunner, Commander, Loader a crew of a tank has four to five positions in it.  Commander is someone who guides the tank and tells the crew where to go and what targets to shoot. Gunner is someone who aims and fires. Loader is the person who maintains and loads the bullets.  Driver the person who drives the tank. Radioman (or sometimes taken over by commander) would communicate with other tanks or units.  These are all very important positions. Just enough room for each person that is needed to run/protect the tank. We need all those positions to run a tank that is a lot.

What is the most powerful tank? According to wikianswers.com. Two tanks vie for the title of Most Powerful Tank. One is the M1 Abrams. The other is the German Leopard II.  Both have 1500-horsepower engines and 120mm Rheinmetall smoothbore main guns. The difference between the two: the Abrams has a turbine engine, and the Leopard II has a 12-cylinder turbodeiesel. The 2 most powerful tanks in the world are the M1 Abrams. The other one is the German Leopard II. Both have 1500-horsepower engines and 120mm Rheinmetall smoothbore main guns. Wow that is such a powerful tank.

 

Cool Facts

Do tanks have air conditioning?  Give credit. Unfortunately, as the CBC reports, Leopard C2 tanks lack air conditioners to protect crew and systems from heat stress The Leopard C2 tanks do not have an air conditioning system and well that is probably really hot. ThatŐs cool I never knew that tanks have air conditioning.

Can tanks have cameras around the tank to show the surrounding? According to wikipedia.org. The Ripsaw's six cameras send live, 360-degree video to a control room, where program manager Will Mc Master steers the tank. So the Ripsaw, which is a name for a tank, has cameras all the way around it and sends it to a control room. Where the driver can see all around him. ThatŐs good that a tank has cameras showing its surroundings or maybe an RPG might be on the right side of them and they donŐt see him

 

 

Conclusion Main Idea

Who invented the largest tank? According to battlefleet.com. Maus is the name of the largest tank design ever built. Designed in 1942 by Ferdinand Porsche under direct order from Adolf Hitler. The Maus would have had a crew of either 5 or 6. The tank's hull was 10.1 meters long, 3.67 meters wide and 3.66 meters tall. Weighing 188 tons, the Maus was armed with a 128mm cannon and a coaxial 75mm gun, and covered with 180-240mm of armor. Only two were produced. One was destroyed by the Germans at Kummersdorf to prevent its capture by the Soviets, and the sole surviving Maus tank is currently in the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia. Nine others were in various stages of completion when the war ended. None ever saw combat. The largest tank ever built was named Maus; it was designed in 1942 by Ferdinand Porsche Under direct order from Adolf Hitler. The tank would have a crew of either 5 or 6. The tank's hull was 10.1 meters long, 3.67 meters wide and 3.66 meters tall. Weighing 188 tons, it was armed with a 128mm cannon and a coaxial 75mm gun, and covered with 180-240mm of armor. Only two were made. But the Germans at Kummersdorf to prevent its capture by the soviets destroyed one, and the last Maus tank is currently in the Kubinka Tank Museum in Russia. Nine others were in various stages of completion when the war ended none ever saw combat. I canŐt believe that the guy who invented the hybrid car invented the largest tank for Adolf Hitler.