Tank-O-Rama #5:M41 Walker Bulldog 2 views by Buffalo1 ()
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The M41 Walker Bulldog was named after Gen. Walton Walker who was killed in Korea. It was a 23.5 ton light tank armed with a high velocity 76mm gun. It replaced the M24 Chaffee in the U.S. Army and Army of the Republic of (South) Vietnam or ARVN. The South Vietnamese tankers liked their M41s and the type proved its worth in the invasion of Laos during Operation Lam Son 719 in 1971 when ARVN M41s met North Vietnam Army's (NVA)T54 and PT76 type tanks in the first armor battle of the war. 17 M41s destroyed 23 enemy tanks for the loss of 5 M41s and 25 M113 APCs. (Lam Son 719 did not end well for ARVN due to poor unit coordination and lack of communication. The aggressive and professional counterattack of the NVA despite horrifying losses was another contibuting factor.)
Over 20 countries used this fine tank and several armies extended the service life by modifying the M41 with diesel engines, improved transmissions, and 90mm guns. A few M41s still are active in smaller countries' tank forces.
Image Comments (7)
CleonXXI () 6:44AM | Wed, 10 June 2015
Great photos! Gets the whole tank and all significant details. This one is the "classic version" of the M-41. There was a variant model with a stereoscopic rangefinder and housing sort of grafted to the top of the turret, you can see an example of this model at one the gates at FT AP Hill south of DC, while at the other gate there is one just like this one for comparison. This example is better maintained, though.
debbielove () 6:25AM | Wed, 17 June 2015
Dude! While I've more likely seen it in movies and assumed it was a M24, I've never heard of this tank by this name.. Well done Roger! LOL Thanks for the info on it and two shots, excellent series keep them coming mate. Rob