M26 Pershing during the Korean War, it's a pity the Pershings didn't get enough time to shine during WWII


Well the few encounters it had with German tanks proved it was a machine that is capable. Is there any documentation of Pershing performance in WWII? There's combat footage i have seen ...



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  • Well the few encounters it had with German tanks proved that it was a capable machine.
  • Is there any documentation of Pershing performance in WWII?
  • There's combat footage I've seen of it sparring with a Panther on the Western Front in late WWII
  • Thanks! Great find!
  • Yeah, who knows how crazy it would have been to require nukes in Germany if the war was longer.
  • I don't think the Western Allies would have dropped nukes anywhere in Europe. Not in 44-45 at least. The Soviets would've 100 times over if they had gotten them before the war was over.
  • General Groves himself didn't want to drop the bomb in Europe. Roosevelt, on the other hand, would ask Groves if it was possible due to being shaken up after the Battle of the Bulge.
  • I think after Yalta there was no way an atomic bomb would've been dropped on Europe. Any bombing on a future Soviet controlled sector of Germany may have been seen as intimidation or a deliberate threat to the Soviets. Not to mention the economical and environmental damage it would've done to the land. If the western allies would have dropped one on "their" area of Germany/Berlin, it would have cost the Allies dearly politically keeping in mind their intended post war rebuilding efforts.
  • I like how they just throw empty casings out the hole. That is probably standard procedure, but it still looks funny, although the autoloader ejections out the back are even more hilarious. And yeah the Pershing didn't really get to prove it's own before being replaced by M46 and M47.
  • I like how it chucks it out far enough that someone has to throw pick it up afterwards
  • While the Pershing is indeed one the best Allied tanks produced during the twilight of the war, it had major problems that caused it to be replaced quickly with the M46/47 Patton. It's torsion bar suspension system was horribly overstressed and tended to break down. The Ford GAF engine was practically the same engine powering the Sherman except now in a tank 11.5 more tons than it's original host. Still, it was mostly suited to the flat terrain of Europe and not the hilly terrain of Korea.
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