A dose of reality.
This article will compare NATO tanks according to characteristics actually required of battle tanks. These are likely to be different from typical focus on armor and firepower above all else. Consequently, first thing that has to be established is actual usage of tanks; all necessary characteristics stem from that.
« The tank’s purpose is to bring machine-guns to bear on the enemy’s unprotected rear, using speed and surprise. »
– General George S. Patton
« Logistics is the ball and chain of armored warfare. »
– Heinz Guderian
George Patton also wrote that it would have been impossible for him to achieve the successes of the Third army if he had been forced to use German tanks. He was entirely correct, as will be seen from the following.
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