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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2007, 02:23:26 pm »

M46 Patton

After World War II, the US Army needed a new Heavy Tank.  The current Heavy Tank, the M26 Pershing was now too light for modern battlefields.  The result was the development of the M46 Patton.  Development of the M46 began in 1946, and was finished in 1949.  The M46 featured a superior engine and transmission to the current Main Battle Tank of the US Army, the M4A3 Sherman.  The M46 Patton featured a 90mm Main gun with a .50cal M2HB Machinegun and 2x. .30cal M1919A4 Machineguns as secondary weapons.  The M46 was manned by a crew of 5 Tankers including a commander, gunner, loader, driver, and co-driver.   The M46 saw a great deal of service durring the Korean Wa, where it's larger gun made it more superior to the North Korean T34-85s.  M46 Pattons served with distinction with the 6th Tank Battalion in Korea.
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« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2007, 02:23:55 pm »

M47 Patton

The M47 Patton was developed by the US Army and went into production in 1951.  The M47 was an upgrade from the M46 sporting a new turret from the experimental T42 tank prototype.  The M47 featured new, improved targeting sights mounted on the side of the turret.  The M47 featured a 90mmm Main Gun.  A .50cal M2HB Machinegun and 2x .30cal M1919A4E1 Machineguns as secondary weapons.  There was a crew of 5 tankers in an M47.  These were a commander, gunner, loader, driver, and co-driver.  The M47 saw some action with NATO forces.
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« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2007, 02:24:26 pm »

M48 Patton

In 1952, one year after the development of the M47, the M48 went into production as a replacement tank.  The M48 served in the US Military from the 1950's until the 1990's.  It was a vastly superior tank to the previous Pattons.  The M48 featured a 90mm Main Gun that was later upgraded to a 105mm Main Gun.  Secondary weapons on the M48 were a .50cal M2HB Machinegun and either 2x .30cal M73 Machineguns or 3x 7.62mm M219 or M240 Machineguns.  Unlike previous tanks, the M48 had a crew of 4 Tankers.  The co-driver position was eliminated.  The new crew consisted of a commander, gunner, loader, and driver.  The M48 saw a great deal of service in the Vietnam War.  The M48 proved to be a useful and effective tank on the battlefield of that conflict, providing good protection from RPGs as well as serving as an fine Infantry support vehicle.

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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2007, 02:24:55 pm »

M60 Patton

The M60 Patton entered into service with the US Army in 1960.  It was designed as a tank capable of going head to head with the Russion T-62, one of the most modern tanks of the time.  The M60 series tanks had superior operational range and firepower over it's predecessors as well as an extremely good infrared sighting system on the M60A3.  The M60 featured a 105mm Main Gun, or in the case of the M60A2, a 152mm conventional/Shillelagh anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system.  Secondary weapons on the M60 were a .50cal M2HB Machinegun and a coaxial mounted 7.62mm M73 or M219 Machinegun.  The M60 was operated by a crew of 4 Tankers.  These were a commander, gunner, loader, and driver.  The M60 was one of the most superior tanks in the world, until the M1 series was developed.  The M60 far outclassed T-55s, T-62s, and T-72s.  The M60 saw action in the Vietnam War and in the Persian Gulf War.  The M60 tank served with the USMC in the 1991 Gulf War as well as with many US Army National Guard units.  The last active M60 tanks were phased out of service in 1997, however the US Army maintains a large number of M60s on many US Military bases to this day as well as uses them as OPFOR at CMTC in Hohenfels, Germany.

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2007, 02:25:17 pm »

M551 Sheridan

The M551 Sheridan went into service with the US Army in 1968.  The M5551 was designed to be a Light Airborne Tank to fill a recon/infantry support role with the US Military.  The M551 Sheridan featured a 152mm Main Gun/Launcher System for conventional tank rounds and the Shillelagh Anti-tank Guided Missile.  The M551 also had a .50cal M2HB Machine gun and a 7.62mm M240 Machinegun as secondary weapons systems.  The M551 also had a standard tank crew of 4 Tankers.  This was made up of a commander, gunner, loader, and driver.  The M551 Sheridan saw action in the Vietnam War and with the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989, and in the Persion Gulf War in 1991.  The M551 remained in service with elements of the 82nd Airborne until it was phased out in 1996.  The M551 is still in service with the US Army at NTC as an OPFOR operated vehicle.
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2007, 02:25:50 pm »

M1 Abrams

The M1 Abrams entered service with the US Army in 1980.  The M1 has since proven that it is the premier Main Battle Tank on todays battlefield.  The M1 tank features the most modern and up to date engine, optics, fire control system, and armor of any armored vehicle.  The M1 first featured a 105mm Main Gun, but this was upgraded to a 120mm Main Gun with the introduction of the M1A1 series of tanks, that is capable of knocking out enemy tanks at over 2000 meters.  Secondary weapons on the M1 Tank are a .50cal M2HB Machinegun and 2x 7.62mm M240 Machineguns.  The M1 series tank is operated by a crew of 4.  These are a commander, gunner, loader, and driver.  The M1 Abrams has seen combat action in the Persian Gulf War, Bosnia and the Balkans, and the Iraq War.  The M1 Abrams is still in service to this day, and most likely will be for many more years.

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« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2007, 10:00:29 am »

Just watched a program on the History Channel about the M-18 Hellcat. First I ever heard of it. What an impressive piece of armor! It still holds the record as the fastest American tank.
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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2007, 12:35:48 pm »

Not exactly a timely response, but the M-18 Hellcat is a Tank Destroyer, not a tank.
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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2007, 10:41:30 pm »

I should have said "Tanks and Tank Destroyers" to be more accurate.  \Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2008, 11:54:19 am »

M46 Patton

After World War II, the US Army needed a new Heavy Tank.  The current Heavy Tank, the M26 Pershing was now too light for modern battlefields.  The result was the development of the M46 Patton.  Development of the M46 began in 1946, and was finished in 1949.  The M46 featured a superior engine and transmission to the current Main Battle Tank of the US Army, the M4A3 Sherman.  The M46 Patton featured a 90mm Main gun with a .50cal M2HB Machinegun and 2x. .30cal M1919A4 Machineguns as secondary weapons.  The M46 was manned by a crew of 5 Tankers including a commander, gunner, loader, driver, and co-driver.   The M46 saw a great deal of service durring the Korean Wa, where it's larger gun made it more superior to the North Korean T34-85s.  M46 Pattons served with distinction with the 6th Tank Battalion in Korea.

  My Father served on M46's during the Korean war. He always got mad at books on tanks that left out
the M46. He'd always say he served on a "forgotten" tank during a "forgotten" war. Thank you for including his
tank here, it would have made him happy to see someone remember his "baby" He loved the M46 and said it
saved him many times and was the reason I was here!  Bravo
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« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2008, 05:04:03 pm »

Very Cool...Nice Collection...think you can fix the ones where the pics didn't show up?
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« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2009, 07:05:01 pm »

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« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2009, 07:40:02 am »

Always found the comparisons between the German tanks and the US tanks interesting...especially since we have pretty much adopted a similar style to the WWII German Tanks...using the side plates, additional armor, and more squared than rounded turret...I guess we finally managed to provide speed and maneuverability with additional armor...whereas in WWII the german tanks slower, less maneuverable, and heavily armored for survivability and the US tanks were faster, more maneuverable, and lighter armored for survivability...

But...I have alwasy preferred the WWII tanks to modern day tanks...just something more classy about their designs...based on purpose more than technology...
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