Disston Tractor Tank

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Disston Tractor Tank
Disston Tractor Tank.jpg
Type Light Tank
Place of origin  United States
Service history
Used by United States of America, Afghanistan
Production history
Designed 1930s
Manufacturer Disston Safe Company
Weight 15,000 lbs
Length 11' 3"
Width 6' 3"
Height 7' 8"

Armor 1/4 - 5/16"
Main: 37 mm Secondary: .30 cal
Engine 4 cyl
Speed 4.6 mph

Known as the Disston Six Ton Tractor, this obscure vehicle was developed during the 1930s by the Disston Safe Company. This vehicle was built on a Caterpiller tractor (model 35 or 40) ("Afghanistan."). Like the T1 Cunningham, a competing design, this vehicle featured a rear mounted 37mm main armament and a .30 secondary armament; the initial design only had a .30 armament. Roughly 36 of these were made, with 16 going to the USMC, the US Army having rejected it ("Afghanistan."); and the remainder being sent to Afghanistan ("Light Tanks").

Works Cited:

1. "Light Tanks." Tanks! Armoured Warfare Prior to 1946. N.p., 13 Feb 2003. Web. 9 Aug 2013. <http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/UnitedStates/lighttanks/LightTanks.html>.

2. "Afghanistan." Tanks! Armoured Warfare Prior to 1946. N.p., 8 Jul 2003. Web. 9 Aug 2013. <http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/afghanistan/afghanistan.html>.