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M26 Pershing card by Mexicano27 M26 Pershing card by Mexicano27
The M26 was a long time in development and only just reached combat status during WW2. A small number were brought across to Europe under the Zebra Technical Mission which included tanks, spares and military and civilian observers. They were assigned to General Omar Bradley's 12th Army Group and split between the 3rd and 9th Armored Division. They first saw combat in February 1945. The first Pershing loss was on 28 February to a Tiger but it was recovered and put back into operation.

An ordnance officer at the Combat Command (brigade) level in the 3rd Armored Division during World War II, Belton Y. Cooper, wrote a memoir about his experience. According to Cooper, ten Pershings were sent to the 3rd Armored Division beginning in February 1945. He claims they would have been sent sooner, had General George S. Patton not intervened. Patton favored the Sherman tank, contending it would require less gasoline and had better mobility. At the time Patton expressed his opinion, the inferiority of the Sherman's main gun and armor protection had yet to be demonstrated.
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Killerfive Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
but still the tiger royal dominated it.
Baane Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Patton had absolutely nothing to do with the delays to the M26 Pershing. This has been debunked through and through by many authors and historians.

To say that the M26 would slow infantry, or comparing it to a fixed fortification, is pretty silly-dilly.
Triarii Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
"sorry, but three years of burning Sherman tanks littering Africa, Italy, Russia and France weren't enough proof to Patton?"

Patton despised anything slow or stationary... The following are quotes arrtibuted to him...

"Infantry must move forward to close with the enemy. It must shoot in order to move…. To halt under fire is folly. To halt under fire and not fire back is suicide. Officers must set the example"

"My men don't dig foxholes. I don't want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don't give the enemy time to dig one either."

And the mother of all...

"Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man. Anything built by man, can be destroyed by him."
karelwolf Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
sorry, but three years of burning Sherman tanks littering Africa, Italy, Russia and France weren't enough proof to Patton?
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