Anyone identify this tank found rusting on Lesvos?

#1
Just come back from a glorious week on Lesvos. Sand, sea and ouzo.

But also a tank, obviously set up as a fixed gun, on the outskirts of Sigri, a village at the western tip of the island.

It's in a sort of pit, surrounded by wriggly tin, with a stone wall on two sides, leaving a clear field of fire over about 90 degrees, and it was obviously put there to make life unpleasant for anyone approaching the harbour.

Clearly been there a fair while. Engine and everything else removable long since removed.

Anyone any ideas what it could be?

01 Sigri tank overview.jpg
04 Sigri tank from right.jpg
02 Sigri tank numbers.jpg
03 Sigri tank turret.jpg

Apologies for picture quality - pics taken on phone.
 
#3
I think it's an M24 Chaffee
 
#4
Yup, and somebody installed the gun mantlet upside-down, too.

Only kidding, it was cast vertically, I'm told. Built by Cadillac and Massey-Harris, it is a cute little tank that got slaughtered by the NORKs in the Korean War. Thereafter it was relegated to use as static artillery.

tac
 

maninblack

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
Greece had a number of surplus Chaffees and were still using them in front line service in the early 90s. Looking at the state of the paint this one hasn't been lying around for too long.
 
#10
I've just found it on Google Earth.......I know a man who might want to 'relocate' it........

tac
Well, it's about 50 m from a harbour that would certainly take a ship that could carry the thing. Your man would just have to explore the maze of Greek bureaucracy to find out who can authorize the sale.

I wish him luck with that ;-)
 
#11
M-24 Chaffee Light Tank
1X75mm M6 (same ammo as Sherman series) [Same gun used in the B-25G/H Mitchell Bombers]
2X .30 M1919A4 Browning
1X.50 M2HB Browning
4X .45 M3 SMG, or 1X.SMG, 3X M1 Carbine

Light Tank M24 Chaffee

This one looks to have the silly 2" smoke mortar fitting replaced post war with an antenna mount for the AN/VRC-3
 

Alsacien

MIA
Moderator
#13
Well, it's about 50 m from a harbour that would certainly take a ship that could carry the thing. Your man would just have to explore the maze of Greek bureaucracy to find out who can authorize the sale.

I wish him luck with that ;-)
Or write to the IMF/ECB/EU with a cheque.
 
#14
Greece had a number of surplus Chaffees and were still using them in front line service in the early 90s. Looking at the state of the paint this one hasn't been lying around for too long.
The opposite coast of Lesvos is only 10 km from Turkey, so this was probably meant to repel Johnny Turk rather than Jerry. The tank is sited next to the coastguard building and the remains of a Turkish-built fortress (from the days when the Turks ruled Lesbos). While we were there, a very naval-looking coastguard vessel docked, with some kind of armament under tarpaulins. Could imagine the Greeks are still smarting from the walkover that was the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
 
#15
He could actually buy the Greek bureaucracy, so I guess that won't be too much of a problem. Looks like it's been dumped there - hardly a cherished war memorial, is it?

He might not even be that interested, but we'll see.

He got a few bits and pieces out of Libya a few years back. Formerly owned by Mr Rommel and the boys, y'know.

Best

tac
 
#17
The opposite coast of Lesvos is only 10 km from Turkey, so this was probably meant to repel Johnny Turk rather than Jerry.
Esp since the US didn't sell any to Greece until 1955. ONLY other WWII user was UK.
 
#19
Esp since the US didn't sell any to Greece until 1955. ONLY other WWII user was UK.
And UK only had them in very small numbers in the last few weeks of the war. According to most sources I;ve seen 8th Hussars and 5th Dragoon Guards were the only units to use them in action.

First saw combat with US Army at the Battle of the Bulge and by the end of the war quite lot of light tank coys and Cavalry units had them.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#20
Well, it's about 50 m from a harbour that would certainly take a ship that could carry the thing. Your man would just have to explore the maze of Greek bureaucracy to find out who can authorize the sale.

I wish him luck with that ;-)
Or just find the one bureauocrat who will take a bribe!
 

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