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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#5
Definitely a Patton.

Only major track without a name I can think of offhand is the M113. M103 (US Version of Conqueror) didn't have a name either, I don't think.

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#7
The Gavin is the mod name with the extra armour isn't it?
 
#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
 
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#11
Please, the less exposure Sparky gets with his "Gavin" obsession, the better.

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#12
California_Tanker said:
Please, the less exposure Sparky gets with his "Gavin" obsession, the better.

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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?
 
#13
Yep, that's Sparky.

He also doesn't respond well to crticism. He has some other whacky ideas, and also advocates alien abduction. I think he was more 'on' with the latter than his idea for capturing baghdad by fitting C-130s with floats, landing them on the Tigris, dropping the ramps, and having infantry in M113s drive out the back.

See http://home.comcast.net/~genericdad/m113gavin.html

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#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...
 
#18
EX_STAB said:
So what should AS90 be called?

Verger perhaps? Or is that too Dad's Army?!
Well it could be called Supreme Pontiff, because it scares the Pope out of me!
 
#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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