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[[File:M46-Patton-Korea-19520708.jpg|thumb|USMC M46 Patton, 8 July 1952. Note the different rear plate and twin fender-mounted exhausts.]]
 
[[File:M46-Patton-Korea-19520708.jpg|thumb|USMC M46 Patton, 8 July 1952. Note the different rear plate and twin fender-mounted exhausts.]]
   
In the [[Korean War]] M24 Chaffee's were the first U.S. tanks to fight the North Korean [[T-34|T-34-85s]]. The M24 fared poorly against these much better-armed and armored medium tanks which were superior to the [[M24 Chaffee|M-24]]. M24s were more successful later in the war in their reconnaissance role, supported by heavier tanks such as the [[Sherman tank|M4]], [[Pershing tank|M26]], and [[M46 Patton|M46]].
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In the [[Korean War]] M24 Chaffee's were the first U.S. tanks to fight the [[North Korea]]n [[T-34|T-34-85s]]. The M24 fared poorly against these much better-armed and armored medium tanks which were superior to the [[M24 Chaffee|M-24]]. M24s were more successful later in the war in their reconnaissance role, supported by heavier tanks such as the [[Sherman tank|M4]], [[Pershing tank|M26]], and [[M46 Patton|M46]].
   
 
The heavier but older [[M26 Pershing]] was deemed unsatisfactory due to its inferior mobility, which was unsuitable for a medium tank role as it used the same engine that powered the much lighter M4 Sherman, and in November, 1949, the upgraded M26 received a new power plant and a main gun with [[bore evacuator]], and the [[M46 Patton]] designation. Less than a thousand were upgraded to M46 standard.
 
The heavier but older [[M26 Pershing]] was deemed unsatisfactory due to its inferior mobility, which was unsuitable for a medium tank role as it used the same engine that powered the much lighter M4 Sherman, and in November, 1949, the upgraded M26 received a new power plant and a main gun with [[bore evacuator]], and the [[M46 Patton]] designation. Less than a thousand were upgraded to M46 standard.

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