M103 Heavy Tank 1950-74 (New Vanguard, Volume 197) by Kenneth Estes

By Kenneth Estes

The T43 layout represented the top of U.S. military tank engineering of the past due Forties, with its forged elliptical hull and turret, Continental AV-1790 engine, cross-drive transmission, and torsion bar suspension. A range-finder and mechanical computing device directed a strong 120mm major gun in a singular electro-hydraulic turret, between different beneficial properties. The heavy tank proved particularly well liked by its crews, who chiefly revered the strong armament it carried. Many demanding situations to the crewmen have been taken on with a feeling of satisfaction. general was once the task of the second one loader to hand-ram either the projectile (positioned by means of the 1st loader on the breech) and the propellant cartridge into the chamber in one flow, all in the confines of a slender turret. The outbreak of conflict in Korea introduced a hurry order in December 1950 which resulted in an entire creation run of three hundred cars, thought of enough for military and Marine Corps requirements.
As could have been anticipated from the push to construction, the T43E1 failed its preliminary trials at feet. Knox, in most cases for erratic gun controls and terrible ballistic functionality of the projectiles. A amendment software (of over a hundred discrepancies) ended in the standardization of the T43E1 because the 120mm gun wrestle tank, M103 in 1956.
After 1951, the Marine Corps on my own retained self belief within the heavy tank software, making an investment its scarce money within the advancements essential to lead to its fielding after a moved quickly creation run in midst of the 'tank crisis' of the yr 1950-51. with no the Marine Corps' selection to carry the M103 to operational prestige, it kind of feels transparent that the three hundred autos could have languished in garage sooner than their eventual disposal. The correctness of the Marine Corps aid of the M103 tank used to be in no small means stated by means of the Army's borrowing of seventy two M103A1 better USMC tanks beneficial for its unmarried heavy tank battalion in Germany. No different weapon process, ahead of the period of antitank missiles, may perhaps warrantly the destruction of the Russian heavies, which persevered their carrier throughout the past due Sixties. The eventual retirement of the M103 in 1972, over twenty years after manufacture and after 14 years of operational provider, verified the steadiness of its engineering and success of its designed position. it may well were the undesirable 'ugly duckling' of the military, which avoided naming the M103 on my own of all its postwar tanks. For the Marine Corps, it served the aim outlined for it in 1949 until eventually the automobile and guns know-how of the USA might produce possible possible choices.

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Indd 46 tanks as before. Aberdeen Proving Ground tested two pilot T51s in early 1953 and made several modifications on site. Accordingly, the vehicle was released for production with the stated modifications on September 1, 1953, and was classified type standard on October 8. Chrysler Motors built a total of 187 M51s during 1954–55 at Detroit Tank Arsenal. The Marine Corps took initial delivery of 104 recovery vehicles in July 1956. Deficiencies discovered after production were handled by means of modification kits, and the last vehicle was brought to standard in July 1958.

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The eventual retirement of the vehicle in 1972, 20 years after manufacture and after 14 years of operational USMC service, demonstrated the soundness of its engineering and fulfillment of its designed role. It may have been the unwanted “ugly duckling” of the Army, which refrained from naming the M103 alone of all its postwar tanks. For the Marine Corps, it served the purpose that it defined for a heavy tank in 1949 until the automotive and weapons technology of the United States could produce viable alternatives.

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