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.
|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.
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