Naval War College Review


David Rodman


The tank constitutes perhaps the most readily identifiable symbol of land war- fare. From its initial appearance during World War I to the final stage of the Gulf War, its considerable impact on the outcome of some of last century’s most significant wars is not in doubt. Whether battles were fought on the plains of Eastern Europe or in the deserts of the Middle East, the opponent that made better use of the tank generally emerged victorious. In the early twenty-first century, the tank remains the dominant instrument of land war- fare.