“These heavily-armored units will attack defensive buildings, distracting them at close range while your other troops do the damage.”
General Information Edit
Historical Description Edit
"The M48 Patton was a medium tank named for the legendary general George S. Patton, who commanded the third and seventh U.S. armies during WWII. Compared to eariler American tanks, the M48 featured superior track links and a significantly lower hull that sloped in the front to deflect enemy shells. During the war in Vietnam, Pattons were used primarily in a fire-support role as the North Vietnamese had relatively few tanks. However, the M48's thick armor proved useful against enemy small-arms fire, landmines and rocket-propelled grenades."
A deep modernization of the M48 tank. Development of the prototype was started in 1957, and in 1959 the order for production of the first tank was placed with Chrysler. A total of 15,000 vehicles of four modifications were manufactured.
The M60 was the last U.S. main battle tank to utilize homogeneous steel armor for protection. It was also the last to feature an escape hatch under the hull. (The escape hatch was provided for the driver, whose top-side hatch could easily be blocked by the main gun. Access between the driver's compartment and the turret fighting compartment was also restricted, requiring that the turret be traversed to the rear).
In 1957, plans were laid in the US for a universal or all purpose tank. Fulfilling this requirement with an interim tank resulted to the M60 series, which largely resembles the M48 it was based on, but has significant differences. The M60 mounted a 105 mm M68 main gun with the bore evacuator mounted towards the middle of the tube, compared with the M48's 90 mm M41, which mounted the bore evacuator towards the end of the tube right after its T-shaped blast deflector. It also had a hull with a straight front slope whereas the M48's hull was rounded, had three support rollers per side to the M48's five, and had road wheels constructed from aluminum rather than steel, although the M48 wheels were often used as spare parts.
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