Tanks Encyclopedia, a world history of tanks and armored vehicles from WWI to this day.

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  • world war one tanks

    Origins (1916-1918)

    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.
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    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, learn how the tanks made history. Have a grasp of the tactics used by the Axis and Allies, how they evolved in the interwar, and a complete encyclopedia of all World War Two tanks from 1939 to 1945.
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  • Cold war tanks

    The Cold War (1947-90)

    Although classified as a "conventional weapon", the tank was and remains to this day the mainstay of every field army in the world. Learn how many and what types of tanks the Warsaw pact and NATO could field and their tactical use. Find out how they fought in many conventional wars during this era, and of course, a complete Cold War tanks encyclopedia.
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  • Modern tanks

    Contemporary main battle tanks and other AVF's in service

    Since the end of the Cold War, the tanks underwent a significant change. The great armored fleets of the past are gone, tanks nowadays have evolved to the very costly but extremely efficient main battle tanks, the perfect mix of technologies for the contemporary age. A complete overview of modern tanks.
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    Tank illustration tutorial with Adobe® Photoshop©

    Learn exclusive, efficient techniques. Learn how to use imaging software at its best to not only make a clean, cool and flexible tank illustrations, but also to draw as many variants as you want in a few clicks, with only a handful of graphical tricks.
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October 2014 tank of the month

FV 4201 Chieftain

The main 1960-1990 British MBT

With the Leopard and the AMX-30, the Chieftain was the last of the three European MBTs which dominates the western defence for nearly three decades. It has to be better than the Centurion and soon adopted the excellent Royal Ordnance A11. It was also the most heavily armoured tank of the sixties, and with the Chobham composite armour, the best protected for long. However this was paid in return by being overweight, and the Chieftain suffered of early teething problems with its engine.
Morris CS9
Morris CS9
Pansarbil m/39 & m/40
Pansarbil m/39 m/40
White-Laffly AMD-80
White Laffly AMD-80
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Next date: 1st of November.

The last of the Pattons

Illustration of the week

BMP-2 1980s soviet Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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Tank illustrations packages

Make your own tank variants

A new concept of full illustration packages, with all original parts (textured hull, shadows, mechanical parts, weapons, etc.), versions, variants, accessories and markings. Get your free example here. This is a zipped .psd format. To be opened in Gimp or Photoshop CS+.
Tutorial overview

Tank Illustration Tutorial...

Tanks illustrations from scratch using Adobe(r) Photoshop. A step by step process from the basic, neutral grey hull to the coloured, finished, fully-equipped model. Tutorials for variants and special effects as well.

The anniversary archive

All past "Tank of the month" files since April 2012
April 2012 : T-34/76 May 2012 : M3 Half Track June 2012 : Panzer III July 2012 : Crusader August 2012 : Char B1 bis September 2012 : The T-26 October 2012 : M3 Lee November 2012 : The Panzer IV December 2012 : The Matilda II January 2013 : Type 97 Chi-Ha February 2013 : The KV-1 March 2013 : The M4 Sherman (I) April 2013 : The Merkava May 2013 : The Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track June 2013 : The Valentine July 2013 : The T-34/85 August 2013 : The M4 Sherman (II) September 2013 : The Panther October 2013: Renault FT November 2013: The Churchill heavy tank December 2013: The Russian IS heavy tank series January 2014: The German heavy tank Tiger I Feb 2014: The M26 Pershing March 2014: The AMX-13 april fish 2014: The Bob semple FV4002 Centurion T-54/55 Leopard I M48 Patton T72 AMX-30