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  • 761st Black Panther Tank Battalion
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    The 'Black Panther' Tank Battalion The 761st 'Black Panther' Tank Battalion was the first African-American armored unit to see combat. Before and during mobilization for World War II, officials in Washington, D.C., debated whether or not African-American soldiers should be used in armored units. Many military men and politicians believed that blacks did not have the brains, quickness or moral stamina to fight in a war. Referring to his World War I experiences, Colonel James A. Moss, commander of...
  • Used First By The Germans In 1915
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    This is a Mills Bomb; a grenade developed by William Mills in 1915 that was used by British troops. It has a central spring-loaded firing pin and spring-loaded lever locked by a pin. Once the pin was released, and the grenade was in the air, the lever flew up and released the striker. This ignited a four-second time fuse which allowed the thrower to take cover before it exploded. It was an improvement on other grenades that would often wound the front lines of both armies. This shows everyone is...
  • Maximum Speed Of A Tank
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    Ever since the introduction of the tank into modern ground combat, it has been a bold symbol of armies of all countries. Its beginnings based on that of a farm tractor, the tank now looms large over battlefields as a worthy foe, and is in many cases the backbone of most modern day ground maneuvers. The tank was first developed by the British and the French during World War I. These tanks were very slow (road speed was about 5 mph) and were used only for infantry protection. Although they had som...
  • Use Of Tanks In Support Of Infantry
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    The Concept of Blitzkrieg Blitzkrieg "The Lightning War" PzKpfw IV Ausf D from 5th company of 2nd Panzer Division in Semis on May 12th of 1940. The foundation of mobile warfare has its roots in Ancient and Medieval World. The German Army late in World War I initially developed basic tactics that eventually evolved into modern mobile warfare. Germans developed those tactics in an attempt to overcome the static trench warfare on the Western Front. Elite "Sturmtruppen" (Storm troops) infantry units...
  • Tanks The German Tanks Known As Panzers
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    The concept of Blitzkrieg or lightning war was developed because the Germans didn't want to face another trench war such as the one experienced in World War 1. Instead of facing years of slogging in trenches, Germany wanted Britain and France to be beaten back quickly and efficiently. In a Blitzkrieg speed was the most vital thing, as the idea of this attack was to create panic and confusion as fast as possible. It was important for Hitler that the war was to be both short and limited as Germany...

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