M48A1 Patton Medium Tank - Ozark, AL
Posted by: kb7ywl
N 31° 25.510 W 085° 37.018
16R E 631448 N 3477550
Quick Description: M48A1 Patton Medium Tank
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 2/19/2012 7:50:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMDRP8
The M48 Patton is a medium tank that was designed in the United States. It was the third and final tank to be officially named after General George S Patton, commander of the US Third Army during World War II and one of the earliest American advocates for the use of tanks in battle. It was a further development of the M47 Patton tank. The M48 Patton served as an interim tank in US service until replaced by the US Army's first main battle tank (MBT), the M60. The M48 served as the US Army and Marine Corps's primary battle tank during the Vietnam War. It was widely used by US Cold War allies, especially other NATO countries.
The M48 Patton tank was designed to replace the previous M47 Pattons and M4 Shermans. Although largely resembling the M47, the M48 Patton was a completely new tank design. Some M48A5 models served well into the 1980s. Many various M48 Patton models remain in service internationally. The M48 was the last US tank to mount the 90mm tank gun, with the last model, the M48A5, being upgraded to carry the new standard weapon of the M60, the 105mm gun.
Armament: 1-90mm main gun; 1-M2 .50 caliber machine gun; 1-M73 .30 caliber machine gun
Max Speed: 30 mph
Located on the east side of US231 0.5mi south of the entrance to Blackwell Field
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