US Units Equipped with M26 Pershing

Discussion in 'US Units' started by Paul Reed, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Can anyone tell me which US armoured unit(s) were equipped with the M26 Pershing in 1945.

    By unit I mean the specific unit rather than just the Division.
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

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  3. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    Hunnicutt says 320 were 'in theatre' of which 200 were issued to units.
    The first 40 went to 2nd AD (22) and 5th AD (18) A further 30 went to 11th AD.
    The Zebra mission was the first 20 tanks and 10 went to 3rd AD ( 5 to 32 Arm. Reg/5 to 33 Arm. Reg) and 10 to 9th AD (5 to 14th TB/5 to 19th TB).

    Thats all Hunnicutt says about Units.

    Zaloga says:

    Totals issued....March.......April.....May........AD Total

    2nd AD................0..........19..........21.........40
    3rd AD...............10..........10..........18.........38
    5th AD ...............0.............0..........17.........17
    9th AD...............10..........10..........17.........37
    11th AD ..............0 ..........0..........32.........32

    Total .................20..........39........105........164

    It seems they were distributed within regiments in small groups rather than being concentrated together.
     
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  4. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Thanks to you both, that is very useful.

    The figures of numbers issued very useful too, thanks indeed.
     
  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Paul,

    Steven Zaloga mentions several accounts of the T26E3 Pershing in combat in his book "Armored Thunderbolt".

    Photo of a Pershing from Company A, 14th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division, near Vettweiss, Germany, which would take part in the capture of the Bridge at Remagen a week later on March 7th,1945.

    Also one shown in the streets of Cologne that accounted for two Tigers.

    Photo of the Knocked out Panther outside Cologne Cathedral, the Panther accounting for two Shermans before the Pershing commanded by Sgt Bob Early.
    As the Panther was traversing the Pershing hit the Panther side on three times.

    The Video has been posted previously.

    Two Pershings were knocked out approaching Cologne but only one was a complete loss.

    One was hit by an 88mm fired at 200 Yards from a Self propelled Nashorn, which penetrated the lower bow armour under the Transmission and set off the ammunition in the floor.
    The round passed between the Drivers legs, but surprisingly, the entire Crew survived. Lady luck being with them.

    Regards
    Tom
     

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