May 3, 2015

Heavy Tank M6

A request for a U.S. heavy tank was made by the Chief of Infantry. The first pilot was completed in December 1941. The M6 took its final form in May 1942. With up to 82mm of armor, 3in main gun, 37mm co-axial gun and weighing 56 tons it was the most powerful and best-armed tank in existence, at the time. But only forty were produced. The Armored Board was in favor of the cheaper, more reliable and easier to transport Sherman. 

Heavy Tank M6



Heavy Tank M6


M6A2E1
3. A heavier variant was proposed in August 1944 the M6A2E1 with 190mm 
frontal armor and 105mm main-gun, weighing 77 tons. It was not approved.


Photos attribution
 1. Library of Congress, via Wikimedia Commons
2. United States, Office for Emergency Management, via Wikimedia Commons
3. http://vn-parabellum.com/, via Wikimedia Commons