Originally Posted by Noobiegameplayer
Ummm ... NO ... you get a tank crew without a tank ... they are NOT infantry
Heh. Quite right - it's got little to do with crew survival in the end. Oh, and welcome to the thread! Nice to see an RAR bloke here.
on "Why armour"? It's really to allow an armoured push.
Cars, IFVs and the like can get a lot done in a firefight, but there's nothing like real tanks for direct fire support, let alone assaulting and breaching through an entrenched position. That was their original purpose and it remains a big part of their job - never let video games and their habit of making heavy (and reliably effective) anti-tank weapons abundantly available the instant a tank shows up trick you into thinking they're easily dispatched; they're tough blighters, packing considerable firepower, and tankers I've talked to pride themselves on how well they can move about unseen by the enemy.
Mind you I'm typing as an armchair expert. If you won't believe me, take the sporadic procurement of replacement tanks by armies in combat zones as a clue - they do lose them (nothing's invincible) and they still need tanks regardless. Back to zee pics!
Since we're talking about 'em, T54/55 is today's theme.
Above with external long range tanks. They can jettison these at will, IIRC. Russian tanks have astonishingly long range on a full set of tanks - about double the norm, in fact. I'd guess this is because Russia is a huge country, so they consider it fairly important. Note the WW2-era American Stuart light tank in front of it - amazing to see that old banger in the middle east!
Above, recent change of ownership. It's in Iraq.
Above, some guys get all the breaks. Nice place to be patrolling hey?
Above, nice cutaway. Someone with big welders and tins of red paint has this set up in Parola tank museum. Gives a rare look inside of one.
Pretty simple way to stow the ready shots... big shells, eh? One guy loads those. More modern tanks shoot even bigger ones.
I always thought the upside-down soup bowl turret was a smart move defensively, nice and deflective, but i hear they're head-bumping cramped inside. Oh well. She's an old girl now in any case in her second half-century of service world wide.