Re-arming a Challenger tank in the desert, 1991.
Photograph by Sergeant J Thompson, 54th Ordnance Battalion, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1991.
During the Gulf War (1991) Coalition tanks could engage and destroy outdated Iraqi tanks like the T-55 from more than twice the distance that the latter could engage. The British Army's Challenger tanks claimed 300 kills for no losses. One had the distinction of the longest range tank-to-tank kill in military history, destroying an Iraqi tank at a range of 4km (2.5 miles).
One of 20 colour photographs taken by Sergeant J Thompson, 54th Ordnance Battalion, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 1990-1991.
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