September 4, 2014

M-26 Pershing Meets Tiger I

M-26 Pershing knocked out in combat

The above photograph shows the first M-26 Pershing to be knocked out in combat. The incident occurred on February 25, 1945 at Elsdorf, Germany. The M-26 was hit three times by a Tiger I concealed behind the corner of a building only 100 yards away. The gunner and the loader of the tank were killed instantly. The Tiger I reversed hastily to avoid retaliatory fire, but became stuck into a rubble pile and was abandoned.


Tiger I
2. The Tiger belonged to schwere Panzer-Kompanie “Hummel”.

SPECIFICATIONS

M26 Pershing
Tiger I
Weight:
41,730 kgr
circa 57,000 kgr
Length:
8,79 m (28 ft 10 in)
8.45 m (27.72 ft)
Height:
2,77 m (9 ft 1 in)
2.93 m (9.61 ft)
Armor:
102 mm (front)
100 mm (front)
Engine:
Ford GAF V-8 500hp
Maybach HL 230 P45 V12 694hp
Max Speed:
48 km/h (30 mph)
37 km/h (23 mph)
Range:
180 km (110 miles)
195 km (road)
Crew:
5
5
Armament:
Main gun: 90mm M3 L/53, Secondary Armament: 1 X 0.50’’ M2 MG, 2 X 0.30’’ Browning MG
Main gun: 88mm KwK 36 L/56, Secondary Armament: 2 X 7.9mm MG
Ammunition:
Main gun: 70 rounds, Machine guns: 0.50’’: 550 rounds, 0.30’’: 5,000 rounds
Main gun: 92 rounds, Machine guns: 3,920 rounds


Photos attribution
Elmer Gray, via Wikimedia Commons