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T32 Heavy Tank
Type Heavy tank
Place of origin United States
Service history
Used by United States
Wars none
Production history
Produced 1945-1946
Number built 4
Variants T32
T32E1
Specifications
Weight 54 tonnes (59.5 short tons)
Length Approximately 7 meters
Width 3.51 m (11 ft 6 in)
Height 2.80 m (9 ft 2 in)
Crew 5

Armour Front: 203 mm
Sides: 76 mm
Rear: 51 mm
Primary
armament
T15E2 90 mm gun with 54 rounds
Secondary
armament
T32: 1x Browning 12.7 mm HMG, 2x Browning 7.62 mm LMG
T32E1: 1x Browning 12.7 mm HMG, 1x Browning 7.62 LMG
Engine Ford GAC V12, 770 HP
Power/weight 14.26 HP/T
Transmission Cross Drive Transmission
Suspension torsion-bar
Operational
range
100 mi (160 km)
Speed 35.4 km/h (22.0 mph)


History and Development[edit | edit source]

Despite its promising performance against German vehicles, the M26 Pershing was considered by some to be too lightly armored to eliminate heavier German vehicles in certain engagements. Work began in early 1945 to develop a significantly heavier variant of the M26 Pershing. Using data collected with the T29 Heavy Tank project and incorporating an experimental 90mm main gun firing APCR ammunition as well as a more advanced transmission, the first T32 tank was produced. The 90mm gun on this tank was much larger than the Pershing's gun, and like the T26E4 Super Pershing which utilized the same experimental 90mm, the counterweight at the back of the turret was enlarged substantially. As well, the tank was so heavy that the M26 chassis had to be expanded and an extra road wheel was added for a total of 7 per track. The T32E1 variant removed weakspots in the frontal armor including a hull mounted machine gun. After the end of WWII, the project was cancelled and the vehicles were scrapped.

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