Until I read a comment that the M26/M46 tanks served with other NATO countries, I was not aware that anyone other than the US Army and USMC used those two vehicles. I have never seen a picture of either with markings from any of the other NATO countries that I can remember
South Korea had some (M46) for a while IIRC. They have one in the War Museum in Seoul. I know the 2nd Division had three still on static display in 2002. Two at Camp Casey, one was in front of 1st Tank, One in front of 2nd Tank, and the last at the Division Museum in Uijonbu, Camp Red Cloud. With all the changes I'm not sure what might have happened to them, Hopefully they bring them home. I know 2nd Tank's was in poor shape, being a former hard target. I have some pretty good pictures of the 1st Tank display at home.
Roy, I actually heard/read some where all M46's and M46A1's were farmed off. I also heard all the M46's used in the Korean war never came home and instead were transfered to the new ROK Army.That's why there are so few examples in the US. Unlike the M47's none were returned to the US when these countries upgraded to their own or newer tanks (That I know of), being considered too obsolete to be worth keeping for issue to other countries later. They probably served better as parts for M47's (They shared a lot of them). This would probably explain why I've seen so many wrecks of them on overseas ranges too.
- Neil_BaumgardnerFYI, Hunnicutt refers to SN 16 and SN 31 early production M46s - so it appears that they were given new SNs after conversion from M26s. Hunnicutt is somewhat unclear on how many M46s vs M46A1s were built:
"An initial production run of 800 M46s was included in the 1949 budget and it was estimated that 1215 additional M26s were available for conversion during the 1950 fiscal eyar..... (p 14)
Otherwise Hunnicutt (p 17) says 360 M46A1s were built.
Some sites appear to claim that 800 M46s were built (as planned) plus the 360 M46A1s for a total of 1160 M46s of both types - but that would make SN 1169 a fairly odd number... Although I'd probably bet it is an M46A1 regardless...
Just now I'm wondering if there are any pertinent comments in the Pershing book
- Roy_A_LingleHi Bob! Hi Folks!
Those two items are the only references to the M46 in the Pershing book.
Time for bed!
Sgt, Scouts Out!
- Neil_BaumgardnerCare to share what was said? Or are you going to just tease us?
I wish we hadnt given up the archive of the old site at least...
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