M47 Wreck Walk Around Page 1
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My guess is that this might've been a range target at one
point (though a "gently used" one, since there aren't a whole lot of bullet
pockmarks, mainly visible on the left side of the turret and on the loader's
periscope guard). Since the original driver's station has been replaced
with 90mm ammo stowage, this vehicle was likely in German (or possibly Spanish
or Italian) service and was later returned to the US.
The tank had been de-milled, with huge cuts in the glacis and turret armor and,
of course, the breech. The outside cuts have been welded up by the owner,
when he was planning on restoring the vehicle, but the inside ones are all still
visible. The engine is missing as are all the tank's fenders and the
stowage boxes and mufflers mounted on them (the armored part of the exhaust
system is present, though the left side is broken. The muzzle brake is
missing (though the owner said that it was there when he purchased it) and the
bore evacuator is dented and askew (the ports in the barrel are clearly
The major components of the interior are present, but since two of the hatches
are missing (loader and original driver's hatch) and the other two are rusted
open, the interior is essentially gutted of small components and the seat pads
and similar items are rotted away.
An interesting thing about this tank is that it has both "solid" and "lattice"
sprockets. I've seen photos of M47s in service with one type or the other,
but not both on the same vehicle.
- Michael Humphries