History | 23 December 2015Christmas from a Tank Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Now there’s something you don’t see everyday: an American tank solider dressed as Santa Claus and greeting kids from atop an M3 Grant tank. We stumbled upon this festive photo in the book Tank: 100 Years of the World’s Most Important Armored Military Vehicle. It’s just the thing to put history buffs in the holiday spirit. Happy Holidays from Quarto Explores, everyone. This Christmas photo depicts an American tank soldier dressed as Santa Claus greeting an enthusiastic group of children from atop his M3 Grant tank. Another soldier sits in the turret of the tank and enjoys the moment. This image provides a good view of the 37mm turret-mounted gun and the sponson-mounted 75mm heavy weapon in the hull of the tank. Photo Credit – US Army Archives Tank: 100 Years of the World’s Most Important Armored Military Vehicle Author: Michael E. Haskew Explore the 100-year evolution of the tank and its role on the battlefield, from World War I to today’s armored fighting vehicles. From the Greek phalanx to Roman siege engines, plans by Leonardo da Vinci, and the wondrous imagination of H. G. Wells, the idea of the armored fighting vehicle–the tank–has crossed centuries and given rise to the technologically advanced land warfare systems that populate the armies of countries large and small today. First appearing during World War I as unwieldy boxes mounted on tractor chassis and prone to mechanical failure, tank designs evolved into sleek weapons with the now-classic characteristics of speed, mobility, and firepower. During the 1920s, American Maj. Gen. Adna Chaffee Jr., correctly predicted that mechanized armies would win the land battles of the future. Young US Army officers such as Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Patton risked their careers to champion the development of armored divisions. Modern tanks perform in both offensive and defensive roles, capable of exploiting breaches in enemy defenses and rapidly slashing into rear areas, disrupting communications, supply, and command and control. In Tank: 100 Years of the World’s Most Important Armored Military Vehicle, noted military historian Michael E. Haskew is your guide to the complete 100-year history of these unparalleled machines. He starts with the development of early tanks, moves on to the uses of tanks in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War, and covers the modern armored fighting vehicles in use during the Gulf Wars and in conflicts right up to today. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.