A spin off of my best tank thread. For purposes of this thread tank Destroyers also count as tanks. Anyway I have two. 1. Sherman The old Sherman has a bad rep probably due to they got shot with high velocity anti tank guns and German tanks. However a Panzer IV or T-34 wouldn't do any better. Reliable and simple it actually had thicker sloped armor than other contemporary medium tanks. 85-95% of the time it didn't see combat vs other tanks so while it was undergunned vs Panthers, Tigers it was great vs infantry and most German AFV. Can also be upgunned to the Sherman Firefly and post war the Israeli Super Sherman performed well against post war Soviet designs. Performed well in Korea vs T-34/85s with a 2-1 kill ratio. Panzer IV The workhorse of the German Wehrnacht. Mechanically reliable, served the entire war, ended up with a high velocity 75mm gun capable of knocking out everything that wasn't an IS series heavy tank. Could be mass produced, comfortable to operate in with accurate fast firing gun with decent optics relative to the time. Comparatively weak armor by wars end though. Dishonourable Mentions. Panther. Very very unreliable, underpowered, great gun though for killing other tanks. Just to many flaws virtually nothing in this tank influenced post war designs. T-34 Outside 1941 it's armor wasn't good, bad ergonomics (low rate of fire in combat conditions), poor visibility, poor optics, poor ammo storage. Won the war based in numbers but massive loss ratios resulted in a lot of dead tankers.