Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
M26 Pershing Tank
Type: Heavy Tank/Medium Tank
Manufacturer: Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, Fisher Tank Arsenal
Production Year: 1945
Weight: 92,000lbs (46 tons)
Armament: 90mm Gun M3, Two Browning .30-06, Browning .50
MAx Speed: 30 mph, 5.25 mph off-road Cruising Range 100 miles
Crew: 5 - Driver, Assistant Driver, Gunner, Loader and Commander
Number Built: 2,202
Intended as a replacement of the M4 Sherman, a prolonged development period meant that the M26 was only used in combat during the final months of World War II. Most notably, the M26 was the type of tank used by the 9th Armored Division's dash to take the Lundenorff Bridge during the Battle of Remagen. The M26 was used extensively during the Korean War, where it outmatched the Soviet T-34/85 in terms of protection and firepower, but had issues navigating the hilly and muddy terrain. Due to this, the M26 was replaced in 1951 by the M46 Patton.
Late in World War II the 773rd Tank Battalion of the Louisiana National Guard was outfitted with Pershings.
SN: 2128; Object ID# 272323
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military Roads & Vehicles • War, World II.
Location. 31° 22.219′ N, 92° 24.246′ W. Marker is in Pineville, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker can be reached from 3rd Street near E Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pineville LA 71360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M4A3 "Sherman" Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); M2 155mm Field Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Caterpillar No. 33 Pull Grader (within shouting distance of this marker); M19A1 "Duster" (within shouting distance of this marker); M37 Dodge Weapons Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker); Willys M38A1 Truck "Jeep" (within shouting distance of this marker); Dedicated to the Soldiers of the Spearhead Division (within shouting distance of this marker); M56 Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pineville.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Louisiana National Guard, Camp Beauregard base. The Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum is located on site. Highly recommend checking before a visit to make sure base/museum is opened and accessible to civilians, as it is an active military base.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 8, 2022, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.