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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2020 3:44 p.m. PST

"Operation Nordwind was the last big German offensive in the West in January 1945. In one infamous engagement, a pair of German SS Panther tanks created havoc in a US-occupied town, with terrible consequences for one American tank regiment."

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Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian20 Mar 2020 5:30 p.m. PST

Good find. Thanks for that.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2020 12:17 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


Legion 423 Mar 2020 8:36 a.m. PST

And yet some still say the US shouldn't have pushed to field the M26 [or even the M25] sooner …

Andy ONeill23 Mar 2020 11:50 a.m. PST

Several problems with an earlier m26.

It wasn't very reliable.
It was heavier than a sherman and a complication for handling at ports.
Switching a tank production line over is a big deal.
There are inevitable delays.
Meaning less shermans at the front.

Making them in quantity early enough to make much odds would have taken some serious bending of reality.

If they'd rushed some heavy tank into production then it probably would have had serious faults. In all likelihood we'd be discussing how much better off they would have been sticking with shermans like the army wanted.

Legion 423 Mar 2020 12:03 p.m. PST

Yes, I know, we have discussed it before …
So again I think if they would have started earlier on a Heavy tank, they would have been able to have worked out the problems. And fielded it sooner. But we'll never really know …

Even in the Korean War the M46, the "improved" version of the M26, had a few problems and most of the US MBTs in Korea were M4s w/76mm. As they soon saw the M24 was not really a match for the North's Russian T34/85s.

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