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Heavy Tank, M26 "Pershing"


While the Heavy Tank, M26 only saw limited service during World War II, it proved to be a potent combination of armour protection and firepower, with only two Pershings being lost in action - both to German 88 mm guns (on a Tiger I and a Nashorn, respectively).

The Pershing was used until 1969 in the Belgian army, having served a full quarter of a century.

Technical Details

Heavy Tank, M26 "Pershing"
Crew 5
Physical Characteristics
Weight 41.7 t
Length 8.79 m
Width 3.5 m
Height 2.77 m
Armour (max) 102 mm
Speed (max) 32 km/h
Primary weapon 90 mm Gun, M3 (1)
Secondary weapon
  • .50 cal. Browning Machine Gun (1)
  • .30 cal. Browning Machine Gun (2)


Drawing of a Heavy Tank, M26 "Pershing"
Front and right side view
Front view

Further Reading