Unit I Question 11 - It was decided by Congress and the...

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It was decided by Congress and the General Staff that armored tank units should support combat troops. This decision was brought about because of the fear of larger infantry armies and advances in weaponry. It was determined that armored tank units would join regular infantry troops. The tank was developed as a supporting weapons system and was to replace the horse cavalry. Initial designs known as “combat cars” were designed to be fast, light, and mobile rather than heavily armored and sporting large, heavy firepower like that of later designs. Tank weights were limited by capacities of current bridge laying systems and held to around fifteen tons. The first designed M1921 tank weighed around twenty-three tons, but was later trimmed down to
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  • Fall '13
  • History, Millett, cavalry, armored tank units

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