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M47 Part II...Variant Designation?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:14 pm
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This is the second M47 that is confusing me. This one is near Onalaska, Wisconsin. Again, it seems to be a standard M47 EXCEPT for the missing secondary idler wheel. Does this variant have a specific (army-assigned) designation?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:54 pm
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Hi John,
The compensating idler wheel was removed during the many rebuilds by foreign companies such as Oto Melara of Italy. There isn't a special designation for this modification. Like the M47 in your previous post, this one was probably shipped back from an overseas user.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:33 pm
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Hi Chris,
Thanks for the info. Even though this particular tank was pretty intact (not looted or vandalized), I couldn't find a data plate on the exterior like the one at Camp Dodge. However, I suspect that this was a NATO return as well.

Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:58 pm
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John,
Can you give me an address or more specific location for this M47?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:42 am
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John,
Can you give me an address or more specific location for this M47?

Neil


Hi Neil,
This one is on Highway 53 in Holmen, Wisconsin, in front of a bank.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:30 pm
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Note the rain deflector chutes welded to the turret sides, this was a common modification added to Italian M47s. The gasoline powered M47 on show at the Spanish armor museum is a Italian one which nver served with the Spanish army. A number were bought in the early 80s to use them to developt specialiced variants (engineers, AVBL....) In the end they were sold for scrap or used as monuments.
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