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Pershing M26 Heavy Tank
General Patton Museum visit November, 2008

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Pershing  M26 heavy tank - General Patton  Memorial Museum

Pershing M26 heavy tank

The Pershing tank was introduced very late into World War II in the European theater. Development was slowed in 1942 because the Sherman tank was evaluated in combat against German Panzer tanks and found to be sufficient. Consequently the Allied command did not foresee the arrival of German Panther and Tiger tanks in the near future. The Allies had no heavy tank such as the Pershing to effectively counter the new German heavy tanks.

Weight: 46 tons
Hull: Cast
Engine: Ford V-8 GAA
Transmission: Automatic
Maximum speed: 20 mph
Armament: 1-90mm gun, 1-50 cal machine gun, 2-30 cal machine guns
Crew: 5
Reclassified as a medium tank after WWII.
~Statistics from display notes at the General Patton Memorial Museum.