Military Vehicle Photos
In 1948, the U.S. Army needed an air-portable, self-propelled, antitank gun wich resulted in the M56 “Scorpion”. The “Scorpion” was armed with a 90mm gun that used ammunition similar to the rounds used in the M48 “Patton” tank. Although ammunition had a smaller charge than its “Patton” relative, the “Scorpion’s” gun still recoiled a violent 3 ½ feet. Production of the M56 “Scorpion” was from 1953 to 1959. The “Scorpion” was disliked by its crew for many reasons, primarily because there was no protection for the crew from enemy fire or from the elements. The “Scorpion” served in the anti-tank companies of both the 36th Infantry Division and the 49th Armored Division of the Texas National Guard until they were withdrawn from service in the 1960’s.
Picture added on 17 April 2011 at 21:01