English | March 18, 2019 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B07PV235TM | 66 pages | AZW3 | 2.09 Mb
This book is dedicated to the first armored development in the United States after World War II. In it, we consider the features of the history of post-war tank design in America and describe the main models of armored vehicles.
Based on combat experience, the American command in 1946 adopts an extensive program for the improvement of tanks and their units. The prerequisites were: reducing the size, weight and standardization of spare parts in order to increase the possibility of using tanks in a variety of climatic zones and terrain conditions with minimal use of accessories, to increase the simplicity of field repair and maintenance in general, as well as to achieve savings in the manufacture of tanks. The assigned tasks define the features of future combat vehicles.
The troops planned to use light, medium and heavy tanks. The lungs were intended for reconnaissance and airborne troops, as well as for use in escort. In order to increase mobility, they had bulletproof armor and weapons sufficient for self-defense. For these purposes, use the M1 “Walker Bulldog.” The medium tank M46 “Paton” becomes the main medium, and the last heavy American tank becomes the M103.
Introduction. The evolution of the post-war tank building USA
Light tank M551 “Sheridan”
Light tank M41 “Walker Bulldog”
Medium M46 tank “Patton” or “General Patton”
Medium Tank M47 “Patton II”
Medium Tank M48 “Patton III”
M103 – the crown of American heavy tanks
Tank destroyer M50 “Ontos”
90-mm self-propelled anti-tank gun M56
Combat use of Sherman M50 tanks
American heavy tanks. Projects
Post-war projects of American super heavy tanks