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The world's most legendary tanks

September 15, 15:59 UTC+3
On September 15, 2016, the tank turns 100
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An early model Mark I 'Male' Tank of 'C' Company that broke down crossing a British trench on its way to attack Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme, September  25, 1916
An early model Mark I 'Male' Tank of 'C' Company that broke down crossing a British trench on its way to attack Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme, September  25, 1916
An early model Mark I 'Male' Tank of 'C' Company that broke down crossing a British trench on its way to attack Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme, September 25, 1916
© wikimedia.org/Brooks, Ernest (Lieutenant)
The Renault FT, or FT-17, was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. It was widely used by French forces in 1918 and in the later stages of World War I. After the end of World War I, Renault FT tanks were used by most nations having armoured forces
The Renault FT, or FT-17, was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. It was widely used by French forces in 1918 and in the later stages of World War I. After the end of World War I, Renault FT tanks were used by most nations having armoured forces
The Renault FT, or FT-17, was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. It was widely used by French forces in 1918 and in the later stages of World War I. After the end of World War I, Renault FT tanks were used by most nations having armoured forces
© AP Photo/Jacek Thomas/Training Center of Poland's Land Forces
Medium Tank M3 was an American tank used during World War II. Of the 6,258 M3s produced by the US 2,855 were supplied to the British Army, and about 1,386 to the Soviet Union
Medium Tank M3 was an American tank used during World War II. Of the 6,258 M3s produced by the US 2,855 were supplied to the British Army, and about 1,386 to the Soviet Union
Medium Tank M3 was an American tank used during World War II. Of the 6,258 M3s produced by the US 2,855 were supplied to the British Army, and about 1,386 to the Soviet Union
© wikimedia.org/US Government
Soviet medium tank T-34 is often credited as the most effective, efficient and influential tank design of the World War II. Photo: T-34 tank, 1964
Soviet medium tank T-34 is often credited as the most effective, efficient and influential tank design of the World War II. Photo: T-34 tank, 1964
Soviet medium tank T-34 is often credited as the most effective, efficient and influential tank design of the World War II. Photo: T-34 tank, 1964
© Maxim Blokhin/ Fotokhronika TASS
M4 Sherman, or Medium Tank M4, was the most numerous battle tank used by the US and some of the other Western Allies in World War II. Photo: Israeli Sherman M4 tanks moving towards the Sinai during Israel's invasion of the Sinai in the six day war of Israel, 1967
M4 Sherman, or Medium Tank M4, was the most numerous battle tank used by the US and some of the other Western Allies in World War II. Photo: Israeli Sherman M4 tanks moving towards the Sinai during Israel's invasion of the Sinai in the six day war of Israel, 1967
M4 Sherman, or Medium Tank M4, was the most numerous battle tank used by the US and some of the other Western Allies in World War II. Photo: Israeli Sherman M4 tanks moving towards the Sinai during Israel's invasion of the Sinai in the six day war of Israel, 1967
© AP Photo
Panzerkampfwagen IV, commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the World War II. The tank was in service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war
Panzerkampfwagen IV, commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the World War II. The tank was in service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war
Panzerkampfwagen IV, commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the World War II. The tank was in service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war
© wikipedia.org/Dawson (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit
Soviet T-54/55 series tanks, introduced just as the World War II ended, became the most-produced tanks in military history. Estimated production numbers for the series range from 86,000 to 100,000. Photo: A Yugoslav Army soldier guards the road as T-55 tanks return to Pristina from Kosovo, 1998
Soviet T-54/55 series tanks, introduced just as the World War II ended, became the most-produced tanks in military history. Estimated production numbers for the series range from 86,000 to 100,000. Photo: A Yugoslav Army soldier guards the road as T-55 tanks return to Pristina from Kosovo, 1998
Soviet T-54/55 series tanks, introduced just as the World War II ended, became the most-produced tanks in military history. Estimated production numbers for the series range from 86,000 to 100,000. Photo: A Yugoslav Army soldier guards the road as T-55 tanks return to Pristina from Kosovo, 1998
© AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
The M48 Patton tank served as the US Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank during the Vietnam War. It was also widely used by NATO countries. Photo: South Korean Army soldiers ride a M48 tank during a joint military training with US Army in Paju, South Korea, 2003
The M48 Patton tank served as the US Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank during the Vietnam War. It was also widely used by NATO countries. Photo: South Korean Army soldiers ride a M48 tank during a joint military training with US Army in Paju, South Korea, 2003
The M48 Patton tank served as the US Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank during the Vietnam War. It was also widely used by NATO countries. Photo: South Korean Army soldiers ride a M48 tank during a joint military training with US Army in Paju, South Korea, 2003
© AP Photo/Vincent Yu
Centurion became the primary British main battle tank of the post-Second World War period. It remained in production until the 1960s and was used in the Korean War in 1950, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, in Gaza, the West Bank and on the Lebanese border
Centurion became the primary British main battle tank of the post-Second World War period. It remained in production until the 1960s and was used in the Korean War in 1950, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, in Gaza, the West Bank and on the Lebanese border
Centurion became the primary British main battle tank of the post-Second World War period. It remained in production until the 1960s and was used in the Korean War in 1950, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, in Gaza, the West Bank and on the Lebanese border
© wikimedia.org/Ksimisk
T-72 tank is one of the most widely produced post–World War II tanks. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. The tank's hull has been used as the basis for other heavy vehicle designs
T-72 tank is one of the most widely produced post–World War II tanks. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. The tank's hull has been used as the basis for other heavy vehicle designs
T-72 tank is one of the most widely produced post–World War II tanks. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. The tank's hull has been used as the basis for other heavy vehicle designs
© Sergei Savostianov/TASS
The Leopard 2 was developed in the 1970s for the West German Army. Various versions of it served in the armed forces of many European countries, as well as several non-European nations. The tank was used in Kosovo and in Afghanistan. Photo: German Bundeswehr Leopard 2 A6 tank in Letzlingen, Germany, 2014
The Leopard 2 was developed in the 1970s for the West German Army. Various versions of it served in the armed forces of many European countries, as well as several non-European nations. The tank was used in Kosovo and in Afghanistan. Photo: German Bundeswehr Leopard 2 A6 tank in Letzlingen, Germany, 2014
The Leopard 2 was developed in the 1970s for the West German Army. Various versions of it served in the armed forces of many European countries, as well as several non-European nations. The tank was used in Kosovo and in Afghanistan. Photo: German Bundeswehr Leopard 2 A6 tank in Letzlingen, Germany, 2014
© EPA/JENS WOLF
The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. From 2001 to 2010, T-90 tank became the best selling in the world. Photo: T-90A tanks during a Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg
The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. From 2001 to 2010, T-90 tank became the best selling in the world. Photo: T-90A tanks during a Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg
The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. From 2001 to 2010, T-90 tank became the best selling in the world. Photo: T-90A tanks during a Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg
© Sergei Petrov/TASS
Challenger 2 is a British main battle tank in service with the armies of the UK and Oman. The tank is considered to be one of the best protected in the world. It was used in operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. Photo: A Challenger 2 tank in Basra, southern Iraq, 2003
Challenger 2 is a British main battle tank in service with the armies of the UK and Oman. The tank is considered to be one of the best protected in the world. It was used in operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. Photo: A Challenger 2 tank in Basra, southern Iraq, 2003
Challenger 2 is a British main battle tank in service with the armies of the UK and Oman. The tank is considered to be one of the best protected in the world. It was used in operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. Photo: A Challenger 2 tank in Basra, southern Iraq, 2003
© AP Photo/Dan Chung/Pool
T-14 Armata is a new Russian main battle tank based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform. The new tank is furnished with an unmanned turret, all-digital controls and an isolated armored crew compartment. Photo: Russian Armata T-14 tank at a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow
T-14 Armata is a new Russian main battle tank based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform. The new tank is furnished with an unmanned turret, all-digital controls and an isolated armored crew compartment. Photo: Russian Armata T-14 tank at a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow
T-14 Armata is a new Russian main battle tank based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform. The new tank is furnished with an unmanned turret, all-digital controls and an isolated armored crew compartment. Photo: Russian Armata T-14 tank at a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow
© EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY
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An early model Mark I 'Male' Tank of 'C' Company that broke down crossing a British trench on its way to attack Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme, September 25, 1916
© wikimedia.org/Brooks, Ernest (Lieutenant)
The Renault FT, or FT-17, was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. It was widely used by French forces in 1918 and in the later stages of World War I. After the end of World War I, Renault FT tanks were used by most nations having armoured forces
© AP Photo/Jacek Thomas/Training Center of Poland's Land Forces
Medium Tank M3 was an American tank used during World War II. Of the 6,258 M3s produced by the US 2,855 were supplied to the British Army, and about 1,386 to the Soviet Union
© wikimedia.org/US Government
Soviet medium tank T-34 is often credited as the most effective, efficient and influential tank design of the World War II. Photo: T-34 tank, 1964
© Maxim Blokhin/ Fotokhronika TASS
M4 Sherman, or Medium Tank M4, was the most numerous battle tank used by the US and some of the other Western Allies in World War II. Photo: Israeli Sherman M4 tanks moving towards the Sinai during Israel's invasion of the Sinai in the six day war of Israel, 1967
© AP Photo
Panzerkampfwagen IV, commonly known as the Panzer IV, was a German medium tank developed in the late 1930s and used extensively during the World War II. The tank was in service in all combat theaters involving Germany and was the only German tank to remain in continuous production throughout the war
© wikipedia.org/Dawson (Sgt), No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit
Soviet T-54/55 series tanks, introduced just as the World War II ended, became the most-produced tanks in military history. Estimated production numbers for the series range from 86,000 to 100,000. Photo: A Yugoslav Army soldier guards the road as T-55 tanks return to Pristina from Kosovo, 1998
© AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
The M48 Patton tank served as the US Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank during the Vietnam War. It was also widely used by NATO countries. Photo: South Korean Army soldiers ride a M48 tank during a joint military training with US Army in Paju, South Korea, 2003
© AP Photo/Vincent Yu
Centurion became the primary British main battle tank of the post-Second World War period. It remained in production until the 1960s and was used in the Korean War in 1950, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, in Gaza, the West Bank and on the Lebanese border
© wikimedia.org/Ksimisk
T-72 tank is one of the most widely produced post–World War II tanks. The T-72 was widely exported and saw service in 40 countries and in numerous conflicts. The tank's hull has been used as the basis for other heavy vehicle designs
© Sergei Savostianov/TASS
The Leopard 2 was developed in the 1970s for the West German Army. Various versions of it served in the armed forces of many European countries, as well as several non-European nations. The tank was used in Kosovo and in Afghanistan. Photo: German Bundeswehr Leopard 2 A6 tank in Letzlingen, Germany, 2014
© EPA/JENS WOLF
The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. From 2001 to 2010, T-90 tank became the best selling in the world. Photo: T-90A tanks during a Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg
© Sergei Petrov/TASS
Challenger 2 is a British main battle tank in service with the armies of the UK and Oman. The tank is considered to be one of the best protected in the world. It was used in operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. Photo: A Challenger 2 tank in Basra, southern Iraq, 2003
© AP Photo/Dan Chung/Pool
T-14 Armata is a new Russian main battle tank based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform. The new tank is furnished with an unmanned turret, all-digital controls and an isolated armored crew compartment. Photo: Russian Armata T-14 tank at a rehearsal for a military parade in Moscow
© EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

On September 15, 2016, the tank turns 100. The first tanks went into action at the Battle of the Somme in France, on September 15, 1916. The most notable armored fighting vehicles for their century-long history - in this gallery by TASS.

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