WW2 M26 / T26 Pershing Dragon #9107 Plastic model kit
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Suitable for Ages 14 & Up. Features: Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey 2-in-1 BONUS: US Army Anti-Tank Team Two type of tracks Waterslide decals Illustrated instructions
The Heavy Tank M26 Pershing was an American heavy tank used in World War II briefly and in the Korean War . It was named after General John Pershing , who led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe in World War I .Development of the M26 during World War II was prolonged by a number of factors, the most important being opposition to the tank from Army Ground Forces (AGF). As a result, only the initial 20 M26 (T26E3) tanks deployed to Europe in January 1945 saw combat in World War II. [1 ] The M26 and its improved derivative, the M46 Patton , both saw more combat in Korea. The M26 was underpowered and mechanically unreliable and so was withdrawn from Korea in 1951, in favor of the M46, which had a more powerful engine. [2 ] The lineage of the M26 continued with the M47 Patton , and was reflected in the new designs of the later M48 Patton and M60 Combat Tank .