VN159-2 The M48A3 ‘Patton’ Main Battle Tank ‘Mad Dogs’
At the beginning of the 1968 Tet Offensive Communist forces overran the ancient imperial capitol of Hue in South Vietnam. U.S. Marines stationed at Phu Bai airbase south of Hue were ordered to lead the assault to retake the city.
Backed up by M48A3s, crewed by fellow Marines, the ‘Grunts’ fought their way back into the city and street-by-street, house-by-house slowly but steadily gained the upper hand.
During much of the battle foul weather hampered the use of close air support and thus the firepower of the M48A3s 90mm gun was essential.
The sheer bulk of an M48 also allowed the Marines to advance behind the armour of the tank as together they eliminated the enemy.
This second M48A3 is nicknamed ‘Mad Dogs’ and has the hull tag ‘Charlie Four-Four’.
Special Note: Just 200 of each of these USMC M48A3s are being produced. And so if you’re serious about your ‘Vietnam’ collection one or both of these great tank models will provide your ‘Grunts’ with some very valuable fire support!