U.S. military tanks parade near the Capitol Building in Washington DC, 1947

117 Ships & Tanks Photos From History With Surprising Backstories

A British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank during 'Operation Crusader'. Cyrenaica (the eastern province of Libya). Winter 1941.
A British tank on 5th Avenue, New York City in 1919
A British war worker adjusts the track of a tank, 1940
A fully loaded English Mark IV tank, northern France, 1917
A German tank factory,May 15, 1940
A Hungarian soldier, wearing an armband marking his defection to the anti-USSR insurgents, stands near a damaged Soviet tank in Budapest, late 1956
A Kriegsberichter (war correspondent) holding an Arriflex 35 2 1942 camera 35mm ACR 0292 and he is leaning against a knocked out Soviet BT-5 light tank. c.1940 41
A man dismantling a tank with a blow torch, during the post war disarmament in Germany. 1920
A U.S. Marine tank follows a line of prisoners of war down a village street. September 26, 1950
A woman walks past a Republican T-26 Model 1933 light tank knocked out during the Battle of Teruel during the Spanish Civil War - December 1937
A WW1 factory for the repair of German tanks. 1916
Allied soldiers inspect the wreckage of one of the tanks of the German Tenth and Fifteenth Panzer Divisions. (May 1943
American GIs inspect an overturned German tank, after it toppled into a crater made by a bomb dropped right in front of it by an Allied plane, December 1944
American tanks entering the Mauthausen concentration camp under banner in Spanish that reads Antifascist Spaniard..
An Overturned German Panther tank lies in a shallow stream next to a rebuilt bridge in war-torn Houffalize, Belgium 1945
Australian Cruiser Tank Mk. 3 Thunderbolt 1943
British soldier hiding from the rain under the German tank Tiger during World War II, 1944
British troops use a Mark V tank to break open a sealed storefront in Dublin during the Irish War of Independence, January 1921
Captured Tiger tank crewed by Americans, Tunisia, 1943
Caterpillar Tank Demonstration, Stockton, California, c.1918
Checkpoint Charlie during the Berlin Crisis of 1961
Allied soldiers inspect the wreckage of one of the tanks of the German Tenth and Fifteenth Panzer Divisions. (May 1943
American GIs inspect an overturned German tank, after it toppled into a crater made by a bomb dropped right in front of it by an Allied plane, December 1944
Crew of an M-24 tank along the Naktong River front. On the ground is Pfc. Rudolph Dotts, Egg Harbor City, N.J. gunner (center); Pvt. Maynard Linaweaver, Lundsburg, Kansas, cannoner; and on top is Pfc. Hugh Goodwin, Decature, Miss., tank commander. All are members of the 24th Reconnaissance, 24th Division. NARA FILE#: 111-C-6061
East Berliners throwing stones at a Russian tank during the first violent resistance in a Soviet post war satellite state. June 17, 1953
East German workers throwing stones at tanks during the Uprising of 1953
Finnish military motorcycle and tank during The Continuation War 1941-1944
German 88mm flak cannon painted with kill markings, 1943
German Panzer column comprising Tiger tanks of 506.Heavy Tank Battalion join the retreat of the German army in western Ukraine on May 4, 1944.
German Panzer II tank commander waving to Austrian women during Anschluss, Austria, 13 March 1938
German tank commander inspects an abandoned French Char B1 Bis tank, May, 1940.
German troops with French prisoners crossing the Meuse on 15 May 1940 near Sedan
Italian tanks seized by Australian troops of the 6th Division are given a quick paint job, and then used in the capture of Tobruk in early 1941
Jagdpanzer IV 70(A) tank destroyer knocked out in the ruins of Mittelwihr in France - 1945
Jugoslavian soldiers posing on an Italian tank CV 33 35, Bosnia, 1944
Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton in France, standing in front of a Renault FT tank, summer of 1918.
Marilyn Monroe visiting the troops in Korea after the war C.1954
Marmon-Herrington CTLS tanks maneuvering in a mountain pass in Alaska, summer of 1942
Message sent by bird from tank, France, 1918
My Great Grandfather in front of a captured Soviet Union KV-1 Tank during the Winter War 1940, Finland Russia
Nusle Bridge (Suicide Bridge) in Prague is testing for strength by 66 tanks. 1973 year.
Soldiers clean the inside of turret of the M4A3E8 Sherman tank Korean war 1951.
Somewhere in Europe a Sherman tank fitted with a chain flail clears the road of mines, c. 1944
South Vietnamese Marines having a nap under a tank - May 19th 1972
Soviet tank cemetery, Westend Bahnhof, Berlin, 1946
Soviet tank ploughs into building during Warsaw Pact forces arrival in Liberec Czechoslovakia. August 21, 1968.
Spanish colonial infantry, Land Rovers and AMX-30 tanks during a troop review, Western Sahara, 1970's.
Spectators crowd around as noted British tank Britannia demonstrates fire power on old M.I.T. building, Cambridge, Mass. 1918
Tank Barrel Pointed at the Ruined Reichstag Building, 1945
Tank, Gaza Patrol Picture from the roll of film found in Paul Schutzer's camera after he was killed on the first day of the Six-Day War, June 1967
The commander of the USMC 2nd Division, General Thomas Watson and Marine Trooper Posing with Abandoned Chi-Ha Tank, Saipan, July 1944
The crew of a M4 Sherman tank run for cover after being hit by a shell near Cologne Cathedral. March 6th, 1945
The last Panther in Cologne and the M26 that destroyed it, May 1945
The Uprising of 1953 in East Germany started with a strike by East Berlin construction workers on 16 June 1953
Tiger tanks from the 503rd Heavy Panzer Battalion near Kursk, 1943
Two American M10 tank destroyers move up in the Hürtgen Forest area, October 1944.
U.S. military tanks parade near the Capitol Building in Washington DC, 1947
US soldiers inspect a German tank Tiger II, destroyed near La Gleize 1944
View from a German Panther Tank, 1944.
Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague, August 21, 1968
Warsaw Pact tanks invade Prague, Czechoslovakia, August 1968.
Watched by curious East Berliners, Soviet tanks leave their Friederichstrasse cross-point after facing massed U.S. tanks for...
Workers assemble M-3 tanks in an American factory. (1942
WWII Disabled U.S. Sherman tank at the Battle of Leipzig Germany - April 1945

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