Top Ten Best Tanks from WW2

These are the best tanks of WW2. Depending in how strong, versatile, and easy to produce the tank is.

The Top Ten

Panzer-5 "Panther"

The tank one of the best all around table in World War Two. It could be produced fairly well and could take out most allied tanks.

The Panther was known for the terror it was capable of spreading as no other tank of the time could compete with the Panthers gun, armor, and pilots. The panther's only downfall was he fact that they were not cheap to run or fix.

Overrated as everything German is. Many books describe the reactions of Alied soldiers when checking captured panzers. Most of them were badly made and inferior to their own tanks. They were notorious mostly because of the fear of the Nazi regime.

Good tank. But only 6 000 were built. The number of T-34s and Shermans combined was at 90 000. So, although the Panther has quality, it lacks a whole lot of quantity. But, still, Panthers were damn good. Heil Hitler!

T-34/85

The best tank of World War II, (along with IS-2 and M4) "Fear of all german machines", penetrated all german tanks from a range of 2000 meters. Very fast and easy to produce and maintain.

This tank was developed before the panther and for it's time it was great, sloped armor, mass production, and durability was awesome. The panther was great too but early varients had issues and the t34 had the/76 varient that was a match to it in the late war.

The T-34 suffered from the unsatisfactory ergonomic layout of its crew compartment.

The first type of tank to provide a challenge and defeated German Panzers

Tiger-1

Tiger-1 was a great tank, it was a lot more expensive than the allied tanks but for a good reason. It had an 88 mm cannon which could penetrate almost any tank that had less than 60 degree sloped armor. This tank was a ranged tank, a few tigers would go out and snipe of a group of t-34s and they were successful. The only reason the tigers were outdated during the later part of the war because the allies had pushed the Germans back to more suburban areas and that is were the tigers are less effective (At close range). The Tiger tank is by far one of the best WW2 tanks, it only down fall was it's flat armor and the limited number.

Best tank in ww2, with it's armor that could stand most infantry anti-tank weapons, and it's powerful 88mm cannon, as well as it's machine guns, downside is that it was too expensive, and cost too much material, it was also slow and usually broke down, as well as taking up too much fuel.

Great cannon, thick armor, and much cheaper and reliable than tiger 2

The deadliest tank in the war, you needed 10 shermans to even stand a chance against the tiger.

M4 Sherman

The Panther, Tiger, and all the TDs were designed to take out other tanks as one of their primary purposes. The Tiger was also designed to spearhead breakthroughs, the Sherman? It was designed to do all of that and more.

The Sherman was a capable tank killer at its introduction in ww2, and as the Tanks opponents developed, so did the Sherman. The 75mm gun had better penetrating power than the original T34, and the 76 eventually made standard had more power the the 85 used on the T-34/85. So the Sherman was capable of taking out Tanks on a one on one basis.

But that was not its main job, instead, the Sherman was primarily meant as an infantry support vehicle, and it excelled in this. You can see this in the best allied tank ace, Lafayette G. Pool, who had 258 armored vehicle kills (including TD's, Self Propelled Artillery, and Tanks), but he also killed 1000 German infantry and took 250 prisoners. This was over only 81 days. Compare this the German tank aces, which was ...more

This tank was very good during WW2, it had a good enough gun in 1942, and since there were only Pz. III's and IV's around, making it very versatile and most likely the winner of a battle against them. It started to be a little obsolete when the Tigers and Panthers started to come of factory lines, but was upgraded to a 76 mm which could penetrate a Panther's and Tiger I's front plate, making the bigger tanks start to seem less frightening, but then many more started to get the 76 mm. The Sherman was also very mobile, reliable, cheap, and well armored in some variants. Many underestimate the Sherman due to it caught on fire, but so did the Tiger and Panther. The Sherman also has nearly the highest survivability rate of the war., and most of those deaths were from the crewmen being outside the tank. The Sherman also always were in a group of 5 with some infantry with, them, while Panthers, Tigers I's and II's were usually by themselves or in very small groups. The Sherman was also not ...more

Was one of the best tanks of WW2. good all arouund stats but bad armor late in war for most models, BUT the Sherman assult tank of which 250 were made in October 1944 could take a 88mm shot and keep rolling over the enemy.

A great, easy to mass produce tank. The only problems were its engine as it sometimes caught fire and the tank didn't stand a chance against later German tanks such as the Tiger 2

Jagdpanther

Great td, unparalleled in its field, but restricted to it.

Considered the best Tank destroyer of WW2

because it has a big cannon

Panzer 4

The panzer four was the best all around tank of World War Two. It could take on most of the allied tanks at at least equal terms and be mass produced with ease.

The underrated, semi-reliable, workhorse of the German army.

Was a amazing tank basiclly a German sherman tank but a long cannon.

shows how tanks evolved during the conflict

Tiger-2

It was the best tank of WWII because the allies were never able to build anything truly capable of destroying it One on One.

It was a large heavy tank, it has a 43 l 71 gun. It's strongest armour is 7.2 inches, and it's weakest is 1 inch. It's secondary is mg34s

Another great tank but was slower than the Tiger 1

The best tank but very slow!

IS-1

Named after Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin, was a great tank and could easily wipe out German tanks. The only reason it isn't higher is cause it was only used in the last year of WW2 and didn't see much battles.

But that 122 mm cannon though

Crusader-2

The British tanks that challenged Rommel in Africa.

It looked sick with its sloped armour and good speed and helped the british regain the initiative in north africa

T-34/76

This should be higher up on the list. This tank is the reason why the Panther and Tiger tanks were made!

And with a much better fire power than regular T34

Sloped armor

The Contenders

Matilda-2

Amazing early war tank.

Panzer III
M26 Pershing

Was the best US tank of WW2. crushed north korean T34s in korea and tigers in WW2. amazing gun able to take out tigers at a mile away! and good armor. multi role.

Both the Pershing and Super Pershing had superior fire power with the high velocity 90MM gun. Could take out a Panzer at 2600 yards!

The pershing was an advanced heavy tank! why was this not on this list before!?!

This tank should be #1 or #2 on the list!

M4A3E8 Easy Eight

A Sherman but better. The Panther's equal. It is so awesome that Hollywood gave it its own movie. (Fury)

better than the firefly by a mile as the armour is a lot thicker and they were easy to produce and maintain unlike other tanks on this list

Was a amazing all round tank and helped set the ground for the MBT. good armor, gun, speed, and could be made easy.

Comet A34

Probably the closest thing to become a main battle tank at the time . It was part of the c line of tanks e.g. crusader II, III, IV. This line would later produce the first ever main battle tank, The Centurion. It has all round good stats but was introduced very late into the war so could not make a big impact. However it served all through the Korean war.

Underrated as it could easily knock out tiger 1/2 and panthers from 1.5 kilometres, it had a 7.7cm 17 pounder gun, great speed and decent armour.

Was the best of the cruiser tanks and good all around stats.

€- Best of the British in WW2

- Moderate to poor amour, but up for it with speed and firepower

- A good looking tank

- It was the height of the cruiser tanks

Panzer VIII Maus

It is the heaviest tank ever made in ww2 and weighting over 100 pounds. Only 2 were made out of 148 becuase Allied bombing destroyed factories. One of 2 Mauses did not had turret and ammo. Other were found by Russians and there os only 1 maus in world in Russian tank museum

It's a German super tank
183 mm barrel and very thick armor is strong

Ehm not 100 pounds... OVER 100 TONS

Hetzer

A amazing TD. way under rated. was real good.

Very good to, bad part is that it couldn't turn its turret around, so could be shot from behind and easily blown up

Churchill

A smashing tank with good all round abilities.
What more has to be said its named after Winston Churchill

Wonderful tank, if a bit slow, upgraded versions were very well rounded, and th armor was amazing.

A good infantry tank amazing at its job.

Churchill here, ready to takeover

IS-2

The de facto most powerful tank of WWII. It's long-barrelled 122mm gun could penetrate any german tank in the front from any distance. It had 120mm front armor and was much lighter than the Tiger.

it could take out anything in its path. (not sure about the Maus though) I think it would be a great tank destroyer but that 12.2 cm gun though.

Set the ground for the MBT. could smash king tigers at thousands of yards and had good armor.

The Tiger killer...

Jagdtiger
Panther D
KV-1

Best tank at the beginning of the war, no German or polish AT weapons could destroy it

It was one of the first real heavy tank of ww2 and germany created the tiger 1 as a direct response to it

KV-2

Heavy armour made this sucker difficult to knock out

SU-122
Sherman Firefly

Fast and powerful. Built on the dependable Sherman chasis. 17 pounder gun. Could take out the Tiger and Panther. We Americans should have built them too.

This improved Sherman was used up until the end of the war and was used widely across common wealth countries who where lucky o receive it over the poorly under gunned and under armoured standard Sherman

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