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gunslinger551 #1 Posted May 18 2017 - 21:23

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Ready for some Sheridan history?   When I was in the Army 1969 to 1972 with the 10 Cav.   We had between 21 to 36 Sheridans  I was responsible for.   The Sheridan 551 was called a track not a tank as its mission was recon.  It had a 152mm main gun which required 45 sec. to reload.  A lot of dying  can happen in 45 sec. reload!  The 152mm gun fired caseless  AP, Heat, flechettes, beehive and  MGM-51 Shillelagh IR guided missile .   This gave the Sheridan a good chance of a first round kill.   The other armament was a 30 cal. coax machine gun,  M2 50 cal.  turret mounted machine gun .  The 551 could fire white pharaohs from launchers on each side of the turret.  It was a rare event when these work as planned. The turret was electric and as such was pron to malfunction to a full speed run a way.  Getting off of a run a way turret with out getting hit in the back my the gun tube was a highly sought after skill.   The 551 could swim and I did this several times.  Before swimming the escape hatch was with glue.  The track was air drop capable.  The 551 had a Detroit/Allison power plant, these were excellent.  With the governor removed (which all of our 551's were)  speeds of 65mph was obtained. The 551 weighed 15 tons depending on load.  The 551 was made of aluminum hull and turret, the crew was safe for small arm fire only.  The only protection for the crew was to be able to run fast,  and not to be seen.  Not the track for a war in Vietnam, as many of my Brothers who died in a 551 would tell you.   Gunslinger 24 over and out!



TitaniumKnees #2 Posted May 18 2017 - 21:28

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Nothing better then a first hand report on a tank and again this prove the liberty that the WG programmers take with real vehicles.

 

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Anlushac11 #3 Posted May 18 2017 - 21:32

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Thank You for your service. Good to hear some first hand accounts of 551's

YANKEE137 #4 Posted May 18 2017 - 21:40

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Thanks soldier!

EnderWiggin94 #5 Posted May 18 2017 - 21:46

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Thanks for your service. And thanks for posting something that isn't crazy negative - the forums are tough recently.

Lord_Sunder1337 #6 Posted May 19 2017 - 01:31

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Thank you for your service first and foremost. Aluminum armor..the army's 1st and last tryout of lighter weight armor for better protection. Part of the turret run-aways is that aluminum is a wonderful conductor of electricity..a bad ground or live wire could touch the turret wall and lo and behold you've lost your head.

gunslinger551 #7 Posted May 19 2017 - 06:47

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Lord_Sunder1337 

 Thanks to all who replied  and L S as to your statement about the run a way turret,  you may be right.  My Company never did get it sorted out.  When this happened it was the TC;s job to jump off the spinning turret and pull the leads of the batteries.  Not something you want to do with people shooting at you.   Gunslinger 24 out. 

                                         



Lord_Sunder1337 #8 Posted May 19 2017 - 10:40

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june 22-23 Cleveland tank plant will be having a military show and swap meet..there will a Sheridan or two there you can look at and maybe clamor around in. You should be able to get a better look since the worst thing you'll have to dodge is foot traffic and maybe a kid or 2.

FrozenKemp #9 Posted May 19 2017 - 16:44

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Thank you for sharing your experiences, gunslinger! 




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