The M4 Sherman was widely used in the fighting on the Pacific Islands against Japan. For the first time this type of tanks were in this region used in the fighting on the Atoll of Tarawa in November 1943.
Waterlogged Sherman on the beach was the attraction of the island of Saipan. This tank is one of the wrecks in the battle for Saipan in 1944
I saw your Alexander question and it got me wondering, How do you make an empire that will last at least a few generations? I've studied the Mongols long enough to know how to make it BIG but not old.
That’s one of the big questions of history, isn’t it? A couple of empires lasted a long time. Japan has had an emperor for well over a millenium, though it hasn’t been an empire continually. The Byzantine and Holy Roman Empires lasted a long time, over eight hundred years. Ethiopia and the Zhou Dynasty were no slouches either.
From what it appears, the most enduring empires are the flexible ones. They adapt to the problems of the age, adopt new technology as much as they are able, and building a solid administrative system while working to eliminate decadence and corruption of said administration that engenders the rot of an empire. They also invested heavily in their military to be able to secure themselves from foreign threats and incursions, though part of this is inevitably that warfare was more common back then.
For those who don’t know what Samurai Jack is and why we should be stoked that it’s coming back:
There’s a loner with a man-bun
Who was pulled out of his timeline
And sees modern things through the lens of 17th century Japanese prince.
There are awesome fight scenes
And dramatic narrative moments
And best of all, the show fluctuates between being awesome and freaking ridiculous at the drop of a hat, often in the same narrative breath.
It’s a really good show to watch if you want to learn about the use of color and shapes in storytelling, as well as exaggerated perspective, use of negative space, timing, and narrative arcs. I recommend it to all comic artists, storyboarders, illustrators, cinematographers, writers… heck, ANYONE. GET HYPE.