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RE: TANK WARS
The Pershing and Patton tanks, were they the same tank, one being and
upgrade to the other, or entirely differnet design?
I thought the terrain was flat in some areas and that there was a big tank
The 90mm on the Patton was effective.
My larger question was what coraling technques did MacArthur use to
get around the NK defenses? It seemed that Air to Ground targeting was OK.
Not good Not bad.
>From the description of Russian Migs that they picked off their prey after a
bombing run where the aircrafts profile was best. Which leads me to the
next question, what air ro air defensive tactics did we use to stop the
predation of the MIGs.
Also the Russians participated little in Air to Ground assaults. Almost
opposite what they did against Germany. Yet the NK seemed to be a large air
to ground attack capability with their prop planes.
Never quite understood why the Russians/Chinese/NK did not use any other Jet
[mailto:owner-KOREAN-WAR-L@raven.cc.ku.edu]On Behalf Of Ed Evanhoe
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: TANK WARS
When the Korean War began, the only tanks in Japan were M4E8 Sherman (76mm
HV tube) and M-24 light tanks, and only few, maybe a dozen M-26 Pershing
and M-46 Patten, thus, that is what went to Korea during the early days.
Main reason there were only a few M-26's & M-46 was most bridges in Japan
would not hold the heavier tank so the few were used for training only, not
assigned to units.. M-46 tanks began arriving in Korea, directly from the
U.S., in late July 1950 but it wasn't until late August that the first tank
battalion equipped with the M-46 went into combat although previously some
tank platoons were re-equipped with M-26's and M-46's as those arrived.
But Doug is right. The Marines landed M-46 Patten tanks at Inchon.
Bottom line is armor on the T-34 was no match for the 90mm tube on the
At 02:36 PM 1/25/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>In a message dated 1/25/2002 1:01:14 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>>I think we had the Pershing against them
>Not being a "tanker" I believe, at least the tanks that supported my unit
>(Marines)" were Patton tanks and a few Sherman tanks that were used mostly
>for their flame-throwers. The few tankers I spoke to in Korea told me the
>difference between a "Pershing" and a "Patton," other than engines and
>horsepower I don't remember what the difference between a Pershing and a
>Patton was. Our 3.5 bazooka-men didn't seem to have too much trouble
>knocking out T-34s. I saw many T-34s that were knocked out by our tanks,
>3..5 bazookas, napalm and air-strikes; however I don't remember any great
>tank battles. D Gill
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