M74 Tank Recovery Vehicle

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M74 in Sinsheim Museum

The M74 tank recovery vehicle (T-74)[1] was an engineer vehicle used by the U.S. Army in the 1950s.


M74 in Germany

Based on the M4A3 medium tank,[2] it was developed to cope with the heavier M26 Pershing and M47 Patton which were entering service,[3] which the M32 was unable to retrieve. Using the standard Ford GAA[4] and wide tracks,[5] the chassis would be rebuilt.[6] It was fitted with a 90,000 lb (41,000 kg) hydraulic winch as well as a lighter-duty general purpose one,[7] a hydraulic A-frame,[8] and hydraulic front-mounted spade, which was suitable for light dozing,[9] as well as serving as an anchor for heavy winching operations.[10]

M4 Sherman based recovery vehicle.JPG

See also[edit]


  • TM 9-7402 M74 Recovery Vehicle (1956)
  • TM 9-7403-2 M74 Recovery Vehicle Misc. Components (1956)


  1. ^ Spence. Army Vehicle Identification Numbers ISBN 0-938242-10-5
  2. ^ Berndt, Thomas. Standard Catalog of U.S. Military Vehicles (Krause Publications, 1993), p.193.
  3. ^ Berndt, p.193.
  4. ^ Berndt, p.193.
  5. ^ Berndt, p.193.
  6. ^ Berndt, p.193.
  7. ^ Berndt, p.193.
  8. ^ Berndt, p.193.
  9. ^ Berndt, p.193.
  10. ^ Berndt, p.193.


  • Berndt, Thomas. Standard Catalog of U.S. Military Vehicles. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1993. ISBN 0-87341-223-0.

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