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HG3210 M26 Pershing Medium Tank "Alice" C Company, 73rd Tank Bttn., 1950
The M26 Pershing was developed at the end of WWII as the successor of the M4
Sherman. Weighing in at 46 tons with 127mm of armor, excellent agility and a 90mm M3
gun for its punch, the Pershing was a tank capable of standing up to the Panthers and
Tiger Is. At the start of the Korean War the M26 was sent to combat the Soviet built T-
34/85s. The M26 became the model for designing the M46, M48 and M60 tanks.
January 13, 1941 the 3rd Battalion, 73rd Armored Regiment was first formed as the 76th
Tank Battalion. On May 8, 1941 the unit was re-designated the 756th Tank Battalion and
activated on June 1, 1941 until it was inactivated on February 6, 1946. On August 1,
1946 the unit was re-activated and on January 15, 1948 it was re-designated the 756th
Heavy Tank Battalion. On January10, 1949 the 756th Heavy Tank Battalion was re-
designated the 73rd Heavy Tank Battalion and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division until
July 1950 the unit was once again re-designated the 73rd Tank Battalion and no longer
attached to the 3rd Infantry Division. Once released from the 3rd Infantry the 73rd
headed for Korea. On August 8, 1950 the 73rd arrived in Korea and on the 17th they
were assigned to the defense of the Pusan perimeter. On August 27, 1950 M36 “Alice”
became part of the unit. On September 2, 1950 the 73rd was assigned to the 7th Infantry
Division. On July 1, 1957 the 73rd was inactivated having fought in major battles of the
Korean War: Pork Chop Hill, Triangle Hill, Battle of White Horse, UN counter-offensive,
crossing of the Imjin River and the recapture of Seoul.
Crew: 5 (3 in turret – 2 in hull)
Weight: 41.23 tons
Length: 28 ft. 4 in.
Width: 11ft. 6 in.
Height: 9 ft 1 in.
1 x 90 mm M3 gun
2 X .30 MG (1 co-ax, 1 bow)
1 X .50 AA
Armor: 12.5 mm – 112.5 mm (on gun shield)
Powerplant: V8 500 hp Ford GAN petrol
Maximum speed: 30 mph
Range: 100 miles