TODAY IN ARMOR/CAVALRY HISTORY; 1945 – The first and only engagement between a Super Pershing T26-E4-1 and German King Tiger took place at the village of Dessau. The Super Pershing, commanded by SSG Joe Maduri destroyed the King Tiger with a penetrating shot to the underbelly. Later that same day the Pershing also destroyed what was believed to be a Panther Mark V.
TODAY IN ARMOR/CAVALRY HISTORY; 1945 Units of the Third Army, under the command of LTG George Patton, secure the German city of Leipzig and the nearby Buchenwald Concentration Camp, freeing thousands of Jewish prisoners.
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THIS WEEK IN ARMOR/CAVALRY HISTORY; 15 April 1941 – 3rd and 4th Armored Divisions are activated in an Army wide mobilization period preparing for potential future actions in Europe.
(Cameron, Robert S. Mobility, Shock, and Firepower: The Emergence of the U.S. Army's Armor Branch, 1917-1945. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History United States Army, 2008. P. 361-362 Print.)
APRIL IN ARMOR/CAVALRY HISTORY; 1944 - The M24 Chaffee Light Tank, named after "The Father of the Armored Force", General Adna Chaffee, Jr, rolls off the production line. The M24 gradually replaced the M5 Stuart tank and carried a more powerful 75mm main gun (compared to the Stuart's 37mm gun) and provided mobile protected fire support to infantry and mechanized cavalry units. The M24 was fielded near the end of World War II and was considered superior to similar German light tanks because of its reduced maintenance demands, gyrostabilizer, excellent visibility, and antiaircraft weaponry.
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