M48A1 Patton Medium Tank
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The M48 tank was the backbone of American armored forces in Vietnam.  Some 11,700 examples of the type were built by Chrysler, Ford, Fisher, and ALCO in the 1950s.  Along with the M46, M47, and M60, the M48 was named the “Patton,” after World War II commander George S. Patton.

This version, an M48A1, features an improved driver’s hatch and commander’s cupola fitted with a .50-caliber machine gun that could be fired and reloaded from inside the turret.  About 600 M48A3s, refitted with diesel engines, served with U.S. Army and Marine Corps units in Vietnam starting in 1965.  While built for tank-to-tank battles, the M48s were often used to support infantry soldiers in jungle and urban environments in Southeast Asia.

M48s are still employed by many nations including Greece, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Republic of Korea (South Korea).  This tank was one of 200 M48s acquired by the Royal Jordanian Army.  Some of Jordan’s tanks saw combat during the Six-Day War in 1967.

History of the Artifact
This M48A1 was a gift from the Royal Tank Museum, Jordan.

Did you know?
Pakistani versions of the M48 were used in support of American and UN troops in combat in Somalia in 1993.
General Statistics
Width:  11 ft 11 in
Length:  28 ft 11 in
Height:  10 ft 2 in
Max Weight: 104,000 lbs
Engine:  1 x Continental AV-1790 12-cylinder gasoline-powered
Engine power:  690 hp at 2,800 rpm (515 kW)
Maximum speed:  28 mph
Range, Road:  70 miles
1 x 90 mm M41 cannon, .50-caliber and .30-caliber machine guns

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