The First Online Tank Museum
This replacement for the M3/M5 Stuarts was a leap forward in light tank design, improving the concept in all directions. New, modern torsion bar suspensions, new supercharged engine, completely revised welded steel armour, greatly improved protection and firepower thanks to a much more potent 75mm. Although late in the game (just in time for the battle of the bulge, winter 1944), the Chaffee was so successful, being efficient, simple, reliable and rugged, that that it was largely exported after the war and stayed in service with many armies until the 1980s and beyond, encompassing most of the cold war.
World War One was the deadly laboratory for many advances in warfare. The tanks were originally born as a way to deal with the deadly equation made up of trenches, barb wire and machine-guns. It was a way to make the long awaited breakthrough after nearly three years of a muddy, gruesome stalemate, and their first test in battle ever.
World War Two (1939-1945)
Never in history were so many tanks built and destroyed in large scale battles. From the steppes of Kursk to the burning sands of El Alamein, tanks made history. Study the tactics developed by the Axis and Allies, how tanks evolved in the interwar, and have an overview of all AFVs developed before and during WW2.
The Cold War (1947-90)
Although classified as a conventional weapon, the tank remains at the forefront of “hot” conflicts that developed during the cold war. A comprehensive overview of all Warsaw Pact and NATO tanks and armoured fighting vehicles of the cold war, and their tactical use throughout studies of conventional wars of this era.
Since 1990, Armoured Fighting Vehicles underwent a number of significant changes. New classes of more versatile families of vehicles emerged, still topped by the main battle tanks. This is also an era of new vehicles tailored in response of the threats and challenges of an multi-polarized world and asymmetric warfare.