Tank Design

Photo by: Jennifer Pendergast

Combat reporter Bryce Monoghan peered between the train cars. At five-kilometers he could easily see the thirty-meter tall, alien walking war machine. “Aren’t you terrified?” he said.

Lieutenant Cohen said, “No. Why?”

“Well, it’s huge, imposing, threatening.”

“Yep. It’s very easy to see.”

“And our Army? Our tanks are nowhere to be found.”

“That’s the whole idea.” said Cohen.

“Whole idea of what?”

“Maybe the alien can’t see them either.”

At that moment, over three-hundred armor-piercing tank rounds struck the alien. It promptly blew up.

Cohen calmly lit a cigarette. “And now you see the value of not being seen.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2020/08/05/gere-historical-fiction/

Author’s Notes:

As much as I love movies with giant walking tanks, I think they’re wholly impractical. Take a look at any modern tank design and you can see designers put the most armor and weapon power in the lowest profile they could possibly manage. Tanks have gotten heavier, faster, and deadlier, but they aren’t much taller. There’s a reason for that.

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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25 Responses to Tank Design

  1. Dale says:

    Default benefits to being invisible.

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  2. Indeed, not being seen is definitely an advantage. About the walking thanks, though, they might still come… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G6fMV1UPzkg

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  3. draliman says:

    Sneak around and attack from the shadows. Ninja tanks!

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  4. Yeah the notion of giant mega-mech combat tanks never seemed too credible to me. Big targets, easy to hit, liable to be knocked over, and at those scales the energy calculation of walking vs rolling doesn’t add up. Of course, there’s always the Cyclops from Stanislaw Lem’s ‘The Invincible’: https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/the-invincible-cyclops-is-go-nuclear-firepower-in-ground-combat.176064/ – woah! (The book, incidentally, is available in new direct translation. The edition I’ve got is the English translation from the German translation of the Polish…and reads like it…)

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  5. granonine says:

    I suspect your next sci-fi book will contain some of these nearly-invisible, low-profile tanks 🙂

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  6. Dear Eric,

    Invisibility would have its advantages. I guess it would be appropriate to say, “wow, I didn’t see that coming. 😀 ”



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  7. Lyn says:

    Now that technology would be worth investing in! I want one to take to Melbourne at the weekend to try out on the anti-maskers – Maskholes – are intending to hold a “I don’t give a rat’s about anyone else, you can’t tell me what to do” rally.

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  8. Bill says:

    300 rounds? That’s some heavy shootin’. Well-devised story. Enjoyed it. But now I have to look up ‘stealth tank.” It sounds like an oxymoron to me. 🙂

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  9. James McEwan says:

    Stealth over bravado any time – it always works – a good choice for the story.


  10. I’m in love with your Lieutenant. Never explain to the doubters — just let them see for themselves! Great job with characterization.


  11. msjadeli says:

    I remember those walkers in the Star Wars movies and the small fast ships looping cable around their feet and them falling. Talking about tall vehicles, I saw what looked like a 2-story motor home on the highway yesterday. All I could think was that sucker could get blown or knocked over easy.


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