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M103 Heavy Tank



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T43

M103 prototype, one example built.

Model Id:
1870
Manufacture:Detroit Tank Arsenal / TACOM, Warren, Macomb County, Michigan, USA (Design parent and pilot manufacturer June 1951)


1) Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, USA

Number of Photos:
4
Sample Photo from Album Number 1312

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Unique ID: 1312
Serial Number: Pilot #1 (source: D. Moriarty).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Ladder on right turret side.

M103

The production run of 300 T43E1 heavy tanks (later standardised as the M103) was completed by Chrysler at the Newark, Delaware plant during 1953 and 1954.

Model Id:
1871
Manufacture:Chrysler Corporation Newark Assembly Plant, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware, USA (Sole manufacturer 1953-4)


2) Maryland Boulevard, Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA

Number of Photos:
2
Sample Photo from Album Number 735

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Unique ID: 735
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: USA registration number “9130973”.

M103A1

The main changes in the T43E2 (later M103A1) were confined primarily to the turret and fire control system. The turret was now fitted with a basket and the gunner was relocated to the right front alongside the cannon (source: Hunnicutt). The distinguishing feature was the new gunner's periscope in the front right turret roof. It is not known which facility conducted the upgrades.

Model Id:
1872
Manufacture:Chrysler Corporation Newark Assembly Plant, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware, USA (Sole manufacturer 1953-4)


3) Fort Polk Military Museum, Leesville, USA

Number of Photos:
0
Sample Photo from Album Number 1386

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Unique ID: 1386
Serial Number: 117
Registration: 233132 (USMC)
Name:
Other Identification:

M103A2

The most important change in the M103A2 was the installation of the Continental AVDS-1790-2A diesel engine. Operating with the CD-850-6 cross drive transmission, the new engine increased the cruising range of the tank from about 80 to approximately 300 miles. (source: Hunnicutt). Distinguishing features were the raised engine deck, and the replacement of the long travel lock attached to the hull rear to a short one attached at the centre of the engine deck.

Model Id:
1873
Manufacture:Chrysler Corporation Newark Assembly Plant, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware, USA (Sole manufacturer of base M103 1953-4)
Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas, USA (Sole organisation for upgrade from M103A1 to M103A2 1962-8)


4) Lewis Army Museum, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, USA

Number of Photos:
5
Sample Photo from Album Number 1401

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Unique ID: 1401
Serial Number: 168: “168” stamped into front towing lug. “68” visible stamped into left side of upper and lower engine decks.
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Name:
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5) Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Camp Shelby, USA

Number of Photos:
2
Sample Photo from Album Number 1368

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Unique ID: 1368
Serial Number:
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Other Identification: Painted in a three colour camouflage scheme.

6) Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, USA

Number of Photos:
3
Sample Photo from Album Number 1278

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Unique ID: 1278
Serial Number:
Registration: “USMC 233097” painted on side stowage boxes.
Name:
Other Identification: “A12” painted on turret sides. Red diamond painted on glacis.

7) Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, USA

Number of Photos:
8
Sample Photo from Album Number 1279

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Unique ID: 1279
Serial Number: “666” (source: D. Moriarty).
Registration: “USMC 233150” painted on side stowage boxes.
Name:
Other Identification: “A11” painted on turret sides. Yellow square painted on glacis.

8) Fort Polk Military Museum, Leesville, USA

Number of Photos:
0
Sample Photo from Album Number 1387

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Unique ID: 1387
Serial Number:
Registration: 233091
Name:
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9) The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

Number of Photos:
3
Sample Photo from Album Number 2045

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Unique ID: 2045
Serial Number:
Registration: USMC registration painted on side stowage boxes.
Name:
Other Identification: “A12” painted on right turret side. Red diamond painted on glacis.