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UNIQUE ID 1095: M26 PERSHING TANK

(Model: M26)

Museo Peppone e Don Camillo, Brescello, Italy

(Location: Museo Peppone e Don Camillo)


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Unique ID: 1095
Added to Database: December 2009
Last Edited: December 2009
Type (ID): M26 Pershing (1620)
Model (ID): M26 (1624)
Location Category (ID): Museo Peppone e Don Camillo (5320)
Location (ID): Museo Peppone e Don Camillo (5320)
Serial Number: Not visible externally (source: M. Foti).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Allied star markings painted on nose and turret sides.
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Location History:
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1: General Motors - Fisher Body Division, Grand Blanc, Genesee County, Michigan, USA (Primary manufacturer November 1944 - End 1945)
2: Museo Peppone e Don Camillo, Brescello, Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Current location)


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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Italy publication:

In one of the movies, Don Camillo, a former partisan (just like Peppone), drives an M24 Chaffee light tank that has been kept in storage in a secret place since World War II (source: M. Foti). In this movie, Don Camillo e l’onorevole Peppone, the M24 is purported to be a long abandoned German tank; Don Camillo accidentally fires a main gun round and destroys the local peace monument.
In Brescello they wanted to pay homage by having the same type of tank in front of the museum. They failed to get an M24, so they used an M26 instead. Its mantlet and gun are fake, and its muzzle brake comes from an M47 Patton tank. (Source: M. Foti). Although it has been restored it is also missing its engine and any interior fittings, and it has M47 tracks (source: M. Viucci).
From the late 1940s the US Army began transferring tanks to allies in Europe to build up forces against the Soviet Union. Italy was provided with M26 tanks and they served with the Ariete Brigade (later a division) from the early 1950s until at least 1963. This M26 is likely to have been an ex-Italian Army vehicle that was demilitarised by cutting the gun barrel, hence the need for it to be replaced.


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July 2007

Front right view, photo by S. László
1: Front right view, photo by S. László

Taken: 14 July 2007
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 4439
Added: 30 January 2011
Filename: Dig_M26_...
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August 2005

Upper rear right view
2: Upper rear right view

Taken: 7 August 2005
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2261
Added: 6 December 2009
Filename: Dig003_M...
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Front left view
3: Front left view

Taken: 7 August 2005
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2257
Added: 6 December 2009
Filename: Dig012_M...
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Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 7 August 2005
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2258
Added: 6 December 2009
Filename: Dig011_M...
Views: 154
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Right view
5: Right view

Taken: 7 August 2005
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2259
Added: 6 December 2009
Filename: Dig002_M...
Views: 144
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Rear view
6: Rear view

Taken: 7 August 2005
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2260
Added: 6 December 2009
Filename: Dig013_M...
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July 1996

Front right view
7: Front right view

Taken: July 1996
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 2357
Added: 21 December 2009
Filename: Scan_M26...
Views: 148
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Front left view
8: Front left view

Taken: July 1996
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 2358
Added: 21 December 2009
Filename: Scan_M26...
Views: 503
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Rear left view
9: Rear left view

Taken: July 1996
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 2359
Added: 21 December 2009
Filename: Scan_M26...
Views: 899
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December 1994

Front right view
10: Front right view

Taken: December 1994
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 2360
Added: 21 December 2009
Filename: Scan_M26...
Views: 329
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Front left view
11: Front left view

Taken: December 1994
Contributor: M. Viucci
Photo ID: 2361
Added: 21 December 2009
Filename: Scan_M26...
Views: 136
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