Patton Tanks

Patton Tanks

by Michael Green

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 19/12/2012

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The end of WW2 and the early Cold War years saw the need for a more powerful tank than the Sherman and Pershing tanks. The first Patton tanks (M46) were converted Pershings which saw service in Korea. As the Cold War intensified, the M47 with a more effective 90mm gun and turret went into mass production (9000 built) and countered the Soviet build up.


The M48 entered service in 1953 and the M47s were sold off to allies whose armies were being rebuilt.


The original M48 had serious deficiencies. Nevertheless over 12000 of numerous variants (MY8A1/A2/A2C) came into service. These were followed by the M48A3 which the Marines took to Vietnam.


In the late 1950s the Americans overcame their aversion to diesel power and the M60 with its British designed 105mm gun came into service. By 1982 over 15000 units had been built in four basic models.


Simultaneously 200 of the M48A5 with the 105mm gun went into service with the Army Reserve and National Guard and friendly foreign armies.


To complicate matters, countries such as Israel made their own modifications to M48s which remained in service until the late 1990s.


As this fascinating book reveals Pattons were made into specialist role vehicles, be they anti-aircraft, flame throwers, recovery, combat engineer.

ISBN:
9781783378531
9781783378531
Category:
General & world history
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
19-12-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pen and Sword
Michael Green

Michael Green is a freelance writer, researcher, and photographer. He specializes in military subjects and has authored and co-authored more than 90 books. His books have been translated into a number of languages, including German, Japanese, and Georgian.

In addition, Green has authored and co-authored numerous articles for a variety of national and international military-related magazines including Armor: The Magazine of Mobile Warfare, and Jane's Defense Weekly.

Green is a lifetime member of the Marine Corps Tanker's Association and a tour guide at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.

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