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US Army Tank Names

#1
The US Army (with a little help from the British Army) have a long tradition of naming their tanks after famous generals - M3 Lee/Grant, M4 Sherman, M3/M5 Stuart, M24 Chaffee, M26 Pershing, M41 Walker (Bulldog), M47/48 Patton, M551 Sheridan, M1 Abrams but I don't remember the M60 being allocated a name - are there any smart armoured Arrsers out there who know why?
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#8
Yeah we used to name everything, ever noticed how older Brit SP'guns used to be called after all things Churchy-fied:

Priest, Bishop, Archer (although strictly a Tank Destroyer) and Abbot all spring to mind
 
#12
California_Tanker said:
Please, the less exposure Sparky gets with his "Gavin" obsession, the better.

NTM
There is some bloke who's obsessed with them and claims to be able to fix all US military Doctrine by letting everyone have one. Same bloke?
 
#14
EX_STAB said:
California_Tanker said:
Please, the less exposure Sparky gets with his "Gavin" obsession, the better.

NTM
There is some bloke who's obsessed with them and claims to be able to fix all US military Doctrine by letting everyone have one. Same bloke?
I think that guy also has an older brother who advocates Bradleys.
 
#16
Hoochie said:
Yeah we used to name everything, ever noticed how older Brit SP'guns used to be called after all things Churchy-fied:

Priest, Bishop, Archer (although strictly a Tank Destroyer) and Abbot all spring to mind
Priest - the original SP 25 lbdr - was actually named after the blunty thing that fishing blokes club their catch with. Unfortunately the misunderstanding stood, hence the various other "ecclesiastical" class names!

As for the M113, I believe the Australians called their's the "Waler" after the eponymous class of cavalry horses. I may be confused though...
 
#20
I 'd always thought the Priest was so named for the little pulpit-y thing the army man stood in with the bang-stick thing.

You beat off a fish with a Priest? Shurley shome mishtake......?
 

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