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M26 pershing - heavy or medium during ww2[edit]

To avoid a backwards and forwards on reclassification of the Pershing I've highlighted an apparent contradiction in the M26 pershing talk page. Can we resolve the main article and then reflect the most appropriate on here. For the time being I've left the M26 in Heavy as that seems to agree with the article for the ww2 period, but a bit more digging in the article indicates there may be more to it. Lkchild (talk) 20:09, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

It's my understanding that it was a medium in WWII, the US didn't have a policy for heavy tanks, that's why the M6 heavy tank was shelved. For a brief period after the war the tank was classified as a heavy, but only because it had a 90mm gun, not because of weight or armor. Pennsy22 (talk) 04:39, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
I'm not up on US vehicles, so apologies if I'm missing something (I'm more into the British and Commonwealth vehicles). As a starting point, while Chamberlain and Ellis isnt perfect, it's one of the better references I've come across (British and American tanks of world war 2: The complete illustrated history of British, American and Commonwealth tanks, 1939 - 1945). It states the change under the development programme from medium to heavy occurred pre-production with T26E1 in June 1944. Production of T26E3 starts November 1944. Shipped to Europe Jan/Feb 1945 along with a full production order. Standardised as heavy tank M26 General Pershing in March 1945. Thus it looks (to me, from this source) like the tank was built and fielded under the heavy designation during ww2. Have you got any other sources that might offer an alternative viewpoint? Lkchild (talk) 23:06, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

I'm getting ready to leave on a 7 day cruise, I'll look for an answer when I get home. On a funny note I was looking through a tank book I have at home yesterday and in the section on the Pershing, it list it as the M26 Pershing Gravy Tank and is accompanied with a picture of a Pershing at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, in front of the tank is a sign that says Medium M26 Pershing Tank. Pennsy22 (talk) 20:06, 1 July 2017 (UTC)