David Amerland

Jun 5, 2021

8 min read
Tank Man image at Tiananmen Square in China. Image copyright CNN and respective owners.

The Incredible Heroism of Tank Man That Made Tiananmen Square Unforgettable

A Chinese-made Type 69 tank, when it is battle-ready, weighs about 35 tons. At 2.8m tall it towers a good meter over an average sized person. Even when it is moving at half its top speed of 50km/h its 580 horsepower engine is sufficient to make the ground tremble. A column of these tanks, in line, is an intimidating sight. The belching of fumes from the diesel…