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T32 Heavy Tank
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T32 Rear.
Type Heavy tank
Place of origin United States
Service history
Used by United States
Wars none
Production history
Designed 1945
Produced 1945-1946
Number built 4
Variants T32 (2)
T32E1 (2)
Specifications
Weight 120,000 lb (54,431 kg; 54 t)
Length 426.6 in (35.55 ft; 10.84 m) with gun

278.4 in (23.20 ft; 7.07 m) without gun

Width 148.3 in (12.36 ft; 3.77 m)
Height 110.7 in (9.23 ft; 2.81 m)
Crew 5

Armor Turret

Front: 298 mm (11.7 in)
Side: 152–197 mm (6.0–7.8 in)
Rear: 152 mm
Gun shield: 298 mm
Hull
Front: 95–127 mm (3.7–5.0 in)
Side: 76 mm (3.0 in)
Rear: 51 mm (2.0 in)

Primary
armament
T15E2 90mm L/73 gun
Secondary
armament
T32:

1 × Browning .50 in (12.7 mm) caliber heavy machine gun HMG
2 × Browning .30 in (7.62 mm) caliber medium machine gun MMG
T32E1:
1 × Browning .50 caliber HMG
1 × Browning .30 caliber MMG

Engine Ford GAC V12,
770 hp (570 kW)
Power/weight 14.36 hp/t (10.71 kW/t)
Transmission Cross Drive Transmission
Suspension torsion-bar
Operational
range
100 mi (160 km) (road range)
Speed 22 mph (35 km/h) (roads)


The T32 Heavy Tank was a heavy tank project started by the United States Army to create an appropriate successor to the M4A3E2 Sherman "Jumbo". The US Ordnance board managed the production of four prototypes, the main goal being to have the new tank share many common parts with the M26 Pershing.

History and Development

Despite its promising performance during the final stages of World War II, the M26 Pershing was thought to be too lightly armored to do battle with most German heavy tanks and tank destroyers, such as the Tiger II. Even though its gun was able to penetrate armor satisfactorily, its own armor was believed to be insufficient at stopping enemy shells. Work began in early 1945 to develop a significantly heavier variant of the M26 Pershing. Using data collected from the T29 Heavy Tank project and incorporating an experimental 90mm main gun firing armor-piercing, composite rigid ammunition as well as a more advanced transmission, the first T32 tank was produced. The T15E2 gun mounted on this tank was much more powerful than the gun mounted on the Pershing, and similar to the T26E4 Super Pershing which utilized a similar experimental 90mm, the counterweight at the back of the turret was enlarged substantially to offset the long gun's weight. The T32E1 variant eliminated weak spots in the frontal armor, including removing the hull mounted machine gun. As a result of all the changes, the M26 chassis had to be expanded, with an extra road wheel added on each side, bringing the total to seven, to reduce the ground pressure due to the tank's increased weight. After the end of World War II, the project was cancelled and the vehicles were scrapped.[1][2]

References



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