Photo of the Day: M47 for sale

Looking for an M47 that needs a little work?  Check out this one on Ebay.

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Vehicle listing description:

This M47 Patton Medium Tank was built in 1955 at the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant (DATP) in Warren, Michigan while under Government contract. It was overhauled multiple times during the development of the “Patton” series tank at the Red River Army Depot (RRAD) including 64′ 67′ and a final time in 68′ before it was sent to the Italian armed forces under a “Lend Lease” agreement in ending in the 80’s. A total of 2,480 M47s were leased or sold directly to the Italian Army during this time. This M47 was returned stateside and was designated as a range target at Ft Hood after demil but ended up being sold to a private collection due to the rarity of the vehicle by 89′. Of all the Patton M46/M47/M48 tanks only under 9000 were built of the M47 making it a rare vehicle. Most M47 variants were sold overseas, unable to be imported back into the US, those who stayed in the US were destined to be range targets in the 70’s then scrapped or sold.

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Photo of the Day: T28 Accident

These photos were reportedly posted on the facebook page WRECKED N RECOVERED TANKS AND BATTLEFIELD RELICS earlier today.  The photo shows the T28 prototype heavy tank after it fell off a transporter this weekend.  Apparently, the brakes on the HETT which was moving the T28 suffered a failure, resulting in the tank coming loose.  Fortunately, no one was hurt although the tank reportedly suffered some damage to a few bogies.  The tank was being transported to a restoration center, so whatever damage was incurred in this incident will be repaired as part of the restoration of the vehicle.  To see images of the vehicle loaded on the HETT, check out this facebook post from the National Armor and Cavalry Museum.

Document of the Day: Tigers in Syria

Instead of a Photo of the day, today we present a Document of the day.  This one is chosen more for entertainment value than anything else.  Over at the Sturgeon’s House forum, regular contributor Priory_of_Sion found this browsing through the online content at the CIA.gov reading room website.  This unusual memo from 1950 states that the Syrian government had ordered 50 Tiger Tanks and 20-30 Panther tanks from France.  It also notes that “some Tiger tanks were observed being driven in the streets of Damascus.”  We guess the trend of identifying Panzer IV tanks as “Tigers” didn’t end with WWII! (the only former German tanks operated by Syria following WWII were relatively small numbers of Panzer IV and Stug III.)

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Photo of the Day: M3 Grant Turret for Sale

Need to find a gift for that hard to please tank nut in your life?  Ebay is listing the turret from an M3 Grant on sale for a paltry $35,000…

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Photo of the Day: Crusader Wreck in Maryland

Our POTD comes from the facebook page Treadheads: Living History Tank Crew and features the wreck of a British WWII era Crusader tank on the grounds of the former training area of Fort Meade, MD.  To see more photos of this tank and other nearby wrecks, go to their facebook page gallery here.

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Photo(s) of the Day: Heidi

Over at the AFV News Dicussion Board, user “clausb” posted these rather intriguing photos from the Bundesarchiv website of what looks like a German A7V .  Another forum member provided some information on this vehicle, quoting the authors Hundleby and Strasheim who state:

“In January 1919 a modified A7V minus gun but with four revolving machine gun mounts, one on each corner, was used by the Freikorps in Berlin. This machine was not an original A7V, as various details show, but a Geländewagen of the Tank Training Detachment fitted with surplus armour plates, possibly from 524, A7V-U…This vehicle was used only on a few occasions. It was later named Heidi, and for some time was commanded by 2nd Lieutenant Theunissen. In July 1919, the tank was required to be delivered to the Allied Control Commission, but was afterwards scrapped, of which there is photographic evidence.”

Photo of the Day: Tank Face-off

This photo was posted on Tank-net a few days ago.  We don’t know for sure, but it looks like a black and white photo that was later colorized.

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