The M18 Tank DestroyerOfficially known as the M18 76mm Gun Motor Carriage, the M18 was hardly comparable to the horse and buggy. It was actually the jaguar of heavy armor during World War II. Nicknamed the "Hellcat" by the men who served in them, the M18 could reach speed of 50 mph on the open plain. It also carried quite a punch with a 76mm gun capable of firing a variety of ammunition and the close range ability to knock out most tanks. The M18 Tank Destroyer gained the reputation among the Anti-Tank battalions as an effective "Tank Killer", infantry support weapon, and mid-range mobile artillery. The role of infantry support was unintended and often created problems of mobility. The Hellcat lost its advantage of speed when it had to support a slogging Infantry.
|Placed By||U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, June 4th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 316301 N 4452868|
|Decimal Degrees||40.20611667, -77.15846667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 12.367', W 77° 9.508'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 12' 22.02" N, 77° 9' 30.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US|
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