The 95th Anniversary of the Tank: Nine Iconic Moments

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Ninety-five years ago today, the tank made its debut at World War I's Battle of the Somme.

It played a role in bringing an end to that appallingly bloody and stupid battle, and tanks have since gone on to become vital symbols of military might.

Here are nine iconic moments or personalities involving tanks:

9. Tiananmen Square
No one knows who this guy with the shopping bags was, but he will be remembered for a long, long time.

8. Michael Dukakis is no George Patton
Someone in the Dukakis campaign thought it would be a smart idea to film him riding around in a tank. The George Bush campaign obviously agreed, and used the footage in this commercial.

7. The stolen tank
Shawn Nelson was a former soldier who was having trouble adjusting to life in San Diego, so he went to the California Army National Guard Armory in San Diego and got himself an M-60 Patton tank. He then went on a 23-minute joy ride, smashing into cars and light poles, but injured no one. Police shot him to death.

Megadeth was inspired enough to cut a song and video.

Megadeth - The Right To Go Insane from Fallout Entertainment on Vimeo

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They believe "Tankman," as he was known, was killed by the CCP.  His identity is uncertain, but the tyranny of the CCP isn't.


Actually, nobody in China even knows who the guy with the tank is.

NBC reported about this recently.  For some reason the communist party simply erases these from everyone's memory - OR ELSE!

Mel Sharkskin
Mel Sharkskin

A fine list to commemorate one of our finest creations as a people. The tank became the instant 500-pound-gorilla to the world. For, unlike the noble airplane, it has no other function than to fight wars. For my own part, I was gassed at the Somme. Old Heinie certainly did us a trick with that one!

As for "The Cross and the Switchblade," if memory serves, it was the Protestant Right's knockoff of the much finer "The Hoodlum Priest." They both have in common real-life sources, but that's all.

Anyone so unfortunate as to be in a public school in the South in the late '60s was restrained and forced to watch "The Cross and the Switchblade."

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