Clash of tanks: the combat effectiveness of the American and the German tanks in the Second World War

Yeşilbaş, Özgür
World War II was the first tank-combat-heavy war in military history. Tanks became the ultimate land weapons in World War II. This thesis is a comparative historical analysis of the American and the German tanks’ effectiveness. It focuses on the tanks’ combat effectiveness by examining tank kill ratios along with their overall impact in achieving the mission objectives. The Germans and the Americans produced and utilized various models of tanks in accordance with their doctrines and needs throughout the war. The study specifically focuses on different theatres of the war, where tank-heavy combats took place. By focusing on the production figures, tank kill/loss ratios and the utilization of tanks, this thesis outlines the impact of the German and the American tanks in the battlefields. In addition, based upon several assessments and observations from many sources, the thesis also outlines a number of areas where changes may have increased the tanks’ effectiveness.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Yeşilbaş, “Clash of tanks: the combat effectiveness of the American and the German tanks in the Second World War,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2021.