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The world’s most powerful military vehicles

Microsoft IES Logo By Steve Mertl for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 13: After almost a century on the battlefield, armour still rules

After almost a century on the battlefield, armour still rules

The long-range repeating rifle, the machine gun and modern artillery combined to turn the Western Front into a charnel house during the First World War. Exposed masses of infantry trying to assault their deeply entrenched foes were cut down like ripened wheat by the machinery of industrialized warfare, creating a stalemate that lasted four years.To break the deadlock, strategists looked to a concept that had been floating around since the turn of the 20th century, if not before; a vehicle that could protect its occupants from shellfire while breaking through enemy defences. The British version that debuted at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, came as a shocking surprise to the Germans. It had been developed in secret, described in documents as a "water carrier." Tank for short.Almost a century later, armies still put a priority on protecting soldiers on the battlefront. Tanks, armoured personnel carriers and other fighting vehicles remain important items in most armies' inventories. Hand-held guided anti-tank weapons and heavily-armed aircraft have diminished their impact somewhat but, properly used, they still lend formidable punch and mobility.Here's a look at some of the powerful fighting vehicles in the world's armies.
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