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The Heavy Tank M26 Pershing was an American tank used during World War II and the Korean War. It was named after General John Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I.
Much like other armies at the time, the U.S. Army envisioned two main roles for tanks: infantry support and breakthrough exploitation. From 1942 until the end of World War II, both roles were covered in the main by the M4 Sherman, which was better suited for the latter, "cavalry" role. The infantry would have preferred a better protected and better armed vehicle, even at a price of less mobility. In the fall (autumn) of 1942, U.S. Army Ordnance started to work on an "infantry oriented" design which was supposed to be more versatile than the British infantry tanks. During the next two years, various prototypes were built under the designations T20, T22, T23, T25 and T26. These covered a variety of combinations of weapons, transmissions, and suspensions. However, the initial success of the M4 led the Army Ground Forces command to believe that there was no urgent need for a new tank. Even with the appearance of the heavy Tiger and medium Panther tanks, the AGF did not alter its position, believing both tanks would be fielded in relatively small numbers. Also, according to the Army doctrine of the time, tanks were not supposed to engage other tanks; this was the remit of tank destroyers, more mobile armored vehicles with powerful guns, such as the M10 Wolverine. As a result, the development of the new tank was slow. When the Allies invaded northern Europe during Operation Overlord in June 1944, the M4 still formed the bulk of their tank units. It quickly became clear that the tank destroyer doctrine failed in the field and that the upgunned Sherman was still unable to engage the Panther on equal terms. Even more troubling was the fact that about half of the German tanks in France were Panthers. Efforts were made to speed up development but the tank, by now called the T26 and dubbed Pershing, only reached the battlefield in February 1945 and saw very little action in WWII.
Although still not as good as the Tiger II the Pershing was more than capable of dealing with the Panther and could take on the Tiger I on equal terms.
The M26 also saw service in the Korean War, although few armored units were sent because the initial response from battlefield commanders was "Korea isn`t good tank country." The official US Army history states a number of M26s were pulled from pedestals at Fort Knox, where they had been WWII memorials. The Pershing and its derivative M46 were the only American tanks employed in Korea that were better armed than the North Korean T-34/85 (but not the only ones in the UN forces) and were credited with almost half of T-34s destroyed by the US Armored Corps.
Opening hatches for the commander, loader, driver and radio operator. Traversable turret and elevating main gun and machine gun.
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