The top tank battles of World War II, despite their crucial victories and severe losses, do not carry the same notoriety as other battles throughout the war. Throughout WWII, tanks were used as an effective force which allowed a quick tactical victory. Their involvement in World War II was vital. Listed below, in no particular order, are some of the top tank battles of World War II:
(1941) Battle of Brody
Germans: 800 tanks Soviet Union: 2,500 tanks
The Battle of Brody was a fierce tank battle between the Germans and the Red Army. It remained the largest tank battle of WWII until the Battle of Kursk two years later. Despite being outnumbered, the Germans were victorious.
(1940) Battle of Hannut
France: 600 tanks Germans: 618 (up to 674)
This World War II tank battle occurred in Belgium between the French army and the Nazi invaders. Despite inflicting a significant number of casualties on the French, the Germans were unable to neutralize the French army and withdrew.
(1944) Operation Goodwood
United Kingdom – 1,100 – 1,300 tanks Germans: 377 tanks
In Operation Goodwood, the British attacked the German forces in northern France. What ensued was a battle some would arguably defend as the largest tank battle ever fought by the British Army. In the end, some would refer to this as a strategic Allied victory, but a tactical victory for the Germans.
(1943) Battle of Prokhorovka
Soviets: 800-850 tanks Germans: 500-700 tanks (possibly far less)
This WWII tank battle was part of the Battle of Kursk and is one of the largest tank battles in military history. Though the victory of this battle was not immediately clear, it did show the continued force and determination of the Soviets.
(1941) Battle of Raseiniai
Soviets: 749 tanks Germans: 245 tanks
During the Battle of Raseiniai, the Soviet armored forces were almost completely destroyed. This cleared the way for the German offensive to continue their drive and cross the Daugava River.
(1942) Second Battle of El Alamein
Allies: 1,029 tanks Axis: 547 tanks
The German’s lost this battle and were unable to gain possession of Egypt and the Suez Canal. The Allies received Sherman Tanks from the Americans, which reinforced their forces and allowed them to outlast the Germans. The tanks were critical in this Allied victory.
The world has seen many epic tank battles before and since. But those listed above are definitely some of the top tank battles of WWII.