I have always been fascinated with tanks. While I was in Kandahar, we had some Canadians Leopards 2 acting as Quick Reaction Force (QRF). They would also form a perimeter around the EOD teams when we found IEDs. I decided to create the first gallery with the M1 Abrams tank because I love it. It has been a solid and reliable tank since the 80s.

According to Wikipedia – I choose Wikipedia once in a while – the M1 Abrams is an American third-generation main battle tank produced by the United States. It is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of U.S. military forces in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972. Highly mobile, designed for modern armored ground warfare, the M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful gas turbine engine (multifuel), the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons (almost 62 metric tons), it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service.

The M1 Abrams entered U.S. service in 1980, replacing the M60 tank. It served for over a decade alongside the improved M60A3, which had entered service in 1978. The M1 remains the principal main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps, and the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Iraq, and militant group ISIS.

Three main versions of the M1 Abrams have been deployed, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, incorporating improved armament, protection and electronics. These improvements, as well as periodic upgrades to older tanks, have allowed this long-serving vehicle to remain in front-line service. The M1A3 was under early development as of 2009.

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An M1A2 Abrams tank crew from Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division fires the main gun during a Gunnery Table VI live-fire exercise at Blackwell Multiuse Range Sept. 16 at Fort Hood, Texas. Table VI is an annual qualification for the tank crews where many of the crews compete for "Top Tank." (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kim Browne, 3rd BCT PAO, 1st Cavalry Division)

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(U.S. Army Photo by Ssg. John Couffer, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. PAO)

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You are or were a M1 Abrams tanker and would like to share some pictures of your tank? Well send them to us here!