A Brace of Korean Tanks

Discussion in 'Korea' started by Charley Fortnum, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I don't know the first thing about post-war armour.

    These two are now gate guardians at an active army base in Goyang, South Korea, but I have no idea of the model, vintage.


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  2. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    M48 Patton
    1950s era.
  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles


    Were they any good? Aesthetically speaking, they have a pleasingly squat profile.

    They're also immaculate despite being outside. I think they must have the national service lads out there with cloths once a week.

    There are a couple of APCs at the next gate, but rain was threatening.
  4. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    The M48 was a good tank. I don't think I could tell you which model of M48 those are, but the tank did receive technical upgrades into the 1970s.
  5. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    The M48 was an early incarnation and quite soon (believe I'm correct in saying that) replaced by the M60 Patton which had a bigger gun and less of a tendency to burst into flame when hit. The tank - presumably the M60 'version' - is the US Vietnam standard tank: very successful history. I believe a number were sunk - not sure whether US or Far East (Thailand?) as a wildlife and diving attraction a few years ago.
  6. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    The tank in the picture is an M48A2 - different rear decks from the earlier ones. As far as I know, the M60 never went to Vietnam; the M48 was quite capable of dealing with the few NVA tanks encountered, though some were later fitted with the 105mm gun (M48A5).
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  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Huh, wikipedia agrees with you - I didn't know this: "The M60 AVLB [bridgelayer] and M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle were the only variants of the M60 series deployed to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War."
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Must be one of the most successful US armoured exports after Sherman.
    Seem to crop up in so many nation's armouries when the Cold War getting was good, and 'interim' designs were readily replaced.

    A1 was only made in mild steel so near all are A2-5

    Late '53 for the first batch.
    Had a look in an old Janes from 1976 & still in service then with Israel & Germany (under their own specific variants - extra smoke & IR on the Germans - local cupola & some British 105 guns for the Israelis), along with Greece, Jordan, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, US, Vietnam - still undergoing modernisation that year.

    For many of those states - "Maybe a bit strapped? Opposing the red menace? Here, have some tanks."
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