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Month: January 2013

M26 Pershing

There was one example of an M26 Pershing at the Texas Military Forces Museum that I was able to see. The M26 saw service during World War II and the Korean War. The M26 Pershing has a crew of 5 and its main armament is the 90 mm Gun M3.

M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle

I got to see an M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (CEV) while at the Texas Military Forces Museum.  This vehicle has a dozer blade and a crane boom on it and is built on the chassis of the M60A1 Patton tank. This type of vehicle is used by Combat Engineers; and this model was used during the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. The M728 CEV was produced between 1965 and 1987 and its main armament is an 165mm M135 gun.

M48 Patton

While I was at the Texas Military Forces Museum I was able to see multiple Patton tanks including an M48 Patton. The vehicle was produced from 1952 to 1959. The main armament for the M48 Patton was the 90 mm T54 and the vehicle had a crew of 4. The M48 Patton saw service in numerous conflicts including the Vietnam War, Six Day War, Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Yom Kippur War, Lebanese Civil War, Iran–Iraq W

ar, and the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu.

M24 Chaffee Light Tank

While I was at the Texas Military Forces Museum I was able to see an excellent example of the M24 Chaffee Light Tank. The Chaffee was built between 1944 and 1945 although it saw service in numerous wars beyond World War II; including the Korean War, Vietnam War, First Indochina War, Algerian War of Independence, and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The Chaffee has a crew of 5 and its main armament is a 75 mm Gun M6 L / 39. The example at the Texas Military Forces Museum was outside and by appearance pretty good looking compared to the other vehicles outside.

8.8cm Flak 18 auf Zugkraftwagen 12t

Following up my post yesterday to the US self-propelled anti-tank vehicle, the M56 Scorpion is another post on a self-propelled anti-tank vehicle. I chose this vehicle to discuss because it is somewhat obscure; the vehicle in question is the German, 8.8cm Flak 18 (Sfl) auf Zugkraftwagen 12t. I stumbled onto this vehicle while reading one of several used books I got at the gift shop at the Texas Military Forces Museum. The book is called Blitzkrieg: Armour Camouflage and Markings, 1939-1940 by Steven J. Zaloga. The 8.8cm Flak 18 (Sfl) auf Zugkraftwagen 12t is an 8.8cm Flak 18 cannon (main armament) mounted to a Zugkraftwagen 12t vehicle in an anti-tank role. Only 10 of these were made and they saw action in the campaigns in Poland and in France. Curiously, this self-propelled anti-tank gun saw action at the beginning of the war at a time which mainstream German anti-tank systems fielded main armaments inferior to the 8.8cm on this vehicle; in fact, it wasn’t until later in the war that this gun would be married to tanks and self-propelled anti-tank vehicles.

The M56 Scorpion

I recently bought a lot off eBay of tank models. Included was an odd piece I couldn’t identify; and I eventually passed it off as more fantasy and fun than fact. While at the Texas Military Forces Museum I was surprised to stumble onto this vehicle; it was the M56 Scorpion. I have attached to this post pictures of both the actual vehicle and the model I have; the model was in very poor shape when I received it and I was able to reassemble what I have. What threw me off about the model was the scale; but the real vehicle matches and to be clear this vehicle is small compared to the other AFVs on the lot. The M56 is a self-propelled anti-tank gun and it was built through the 1950s. It is armed with a 90mm M54 gun. This vehicle weights 8 tons (7.1 tonnes). The vehicle served during the Vietnam War but not during the Korean War having been first built the year that war ended in an Armistice.


The Lone MT-LB

While I was at the Texas Military Forces Museum I came across a Soviet MT-LB. It was the lone Soviet AFV and had what appeared to be a desert color scheme and markings from an Arab nation; I’m curious to know if anyone can identify which as I don’t know myself. The placard for this vehicle had a sub name of MPTV; I’m not sure what that means but I suspect it refers to the variant as the box like structure on the rear end doesn’t appear to be standard; if anyone can help clarify this I would appreciate it. There is a great article on Wikipedia about the MT-LB (www); in short though, the MT-LB was a troop transport from the early 1970s. The MT-LB could carry up to 11 people in its rear compartment or carry 2,000kg of cargo or tow up to 6,500kg. The vehicle has a two man crew; the driver and a commander/gunner.  The vehicle weighs 13.1 tons (11.9 tonnes) and is fully amphibious.  The main armament is a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun in a turret; there are further 4 gun ports on the vehicle.

My Trip To The Texas Military Forces Museum

Today I made a trip to the Texas Military Forces Museum (www) in Austin. I recommend the trip for any tank enthusiast; there is a good selection of US AFVs including a Sherman, Stuart, Chaffee, and Patton to name a few tanks; not to mention other vehicles. I took a number of photos with a professional camera, and more yet with my phone; these initial photos are from my phone so please forgive the quality. You will see below the Sherman with a 105mm cannon, a German Hetzer, an M1 Abrams, some Armoured Personnel Carriers and some Self-Propelled Guns.

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