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Tanks have been very influential in warfare ever since the first GreatWar They started out as a way to cross the muck filled trenches of the firstWorld War to one of the most powerful ways to attack the enemy TheUnited States Armed Forces tanks have been some of the greatest of thewide variety of tanks The most interesting and powerful of these giants inthe United States arsenal are the Abrams the M60 the Sheridan thePatton the Sherman and the Chaffee models Some of these tanks aresmall and some of them are large but all of these tanks have managed tostrike fear into any country who have dared to oppose the United States atThe Abrams was created in the 1970s to counter the newest generationof Russian tanks Lloyd 14 The early models of the Abrams tank wereused primarily for the Cold War against the Soviet Union however few if anyshots were actually fired from there guns Then in the early 1990s theAbrams M1A1 was used against Saddam Hussein and his Iraqi troops in theGulf war The main advantage the Abrams had over the enemy tanks herewas that because of its thermal viewer the American troops could seethrough the darkest cloud which was the case here due to the burning oilThe three main models of the Abrams tank are the original M1A1 model The M1A1HA which was nearly identical to the M1A1 with the exception ofthe much heavier armor however this tank was primarily used in Europe Finally in mid 1992 the follow-up to the M1A1 the M1A2 went into fieldtesting This model alot of improvements over the M1A1 to numerous toThe weapons and armor on most tanks are not unique to their model most guns and armor used on a wide variety of tanks On the Abrams modelfor example it has the following weapons A 105 millimeter tank gun or aRheinmetall 120 millimeter smoothbore tank gun It also has dual 762millimeter machine guns to handle infantry
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