The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 8, 1950 · Page 20
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 20

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 8, 1950
Page 20
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FAGI EIGHTEEN BLYTHKV1LLE (ARK.) COURIER U.S. to Continue Building Light, Tanks Despite Rumor of RedPlan Bf ElTOti O. FAf :AP KiUiur Aff»Iri Reporter TORT KNOX, K>'.. Dec. 8. W— American armor experts decline to be stampeded Into production of monster tanks by rumors that Rua' »la has them. Instead, the Army's foremost tank designers at this armored center are concentrating on Improving the family of medium tanks with harder hitting fire power. They are not to heavy they need special ways or bridges. high- At the same time, the United State* Is pushing ahead with development of light tanks which experts believe have a specialized function In modern battle. The Arniy explained its armor doctrine and exhibited some of the Improved tanks to reporters on a visit here. Among other things, the new T- 41 light tank, just going Into production ^t the Cadillac division of General Motors, was taken out of wraps. While there had been a brief announcement that a light tank was . being produced, no details had been made public until today. The T-41 light tank Isn't intended to' battle other tanks. It is to be used for fast reconnaissance and protecting the flanks of Infantry units against, small and medium weapons attacks. Tank Sprouts New Gun The T-41. as It exists in the original, hand-built prototype at Fort Knox, weighs about 25 tons, mounts a new design 76 millimeter gun, is driven with a 500 horsepower engine and has a roadway speed of "belter than 36 miles an hour." Because of some gadgets which can't be discussed, it can fire accurately «t a target even while it Is rolling >t high speed. Improved versions of the M-46 Patton medium tank, for-whtch the Army placed a. $100.000,000 order for 500 with the American Locomotive Company earlier this week were put through their paces. This tank, weighing a little over 45 tons, mounts a 90 millimeter gun. In battles In Korea, the Patton's 90 milljmeter guns have made "kills" of Russian-designed T-34 mediums at ranges up to 1,700 yards (approximatelyone mile). .The accuracy of the gun surprised reporters: who found that even they (with some assists from the regular gunners). could hit ' ' • • gets at 1,700 yards. U.S. tankers awed by the touted Soviet JS-lllJi) Korea. They replied: tank. They say It Isnt a heavy, but a large medium of about 52 tons, Army to'G* Ahead The tank designers aald the Ar- niy intends to go ahead with production of the M-4«s until they are satisfied they have ready an entirely new and superior design. And, It was Indicated, this could be expected sometime next year, Changes In tanks (the military calls It "modification"), ,as Is true of all other weapons, aren't necessarily drastic revision. They may Be small, but Important, representing something discovered when the tank has been under lions. ictual battle condl- An example is this: on one series of mediums, the exhaust pipe glowed cherry-red, when the lank was operating. It was found that at night hostile aircraft could spot, this red marker from » long distance. The "modification" here was just a plain sheet of metal to conceal the exhaust stack from air observers.' Tactics Are Still Sound The Army's 'armor experts said that, in general, the tactics lor tank use developed during World War II are still sound. This means the way In which tanks are employed in battle—to punch through a line, to exploit a break-through by fanning out-behlnd the enemy's line, to support advancing Infantry or provide artillery support for them. But there have been some changes' in tank tactics, mainly because nf now equlpmcnt—tlie ability of aircraft to carry light and. under special conditions, medium tanks; improved methods of getting tanks across rivers; better devices and techniques for sending armor through enemy minefields. Newsmen asked th'e Port Knox specialists If any really new lessons In tnnk warfare had been learned Carrier 'Valley Forge' Departs from San Diego SAN DIEGO, Calif.,'Dec. 8. f/P)— The 27,000-ton aircraft carrier valley Forge, which arrived here only last' Friday from months' "We don't think Korea has proved or disproved anything that wasn't In our doctrine.- EDSON Continued from page ( and went over to the Communist side. But a U. S. Export-Import bank loan had financed the sale of these vessels to Nationalist China, and U. S. government agencies which held the mortgages were also left holding the sack when these ships were allowed to sail to Red China ports. If Chinese Communist armies were now bearing down on Hong Kong or Singapore, instead of on Seoul, Korea, It is entirely probable (hat the British would be screaming for American help. They would probably get It, too. So 'It Is not amiss now to point out that a little more reciprocal cooperation from the British on these things would make a hit In this country. European Policy Puzzling, Too As fur as British policies In Europe are concerned, It might be mentioned that they are a constant source of bewilderment and sometimes complete bafflement to many people in the United States. One of the main reasons advanced for Prime Minister Attlee's visit Is a fear that deeper American Involvement In a Far Eastern war would weaken American support foi defense of Europe. To their full credit, it must be said that the British have strongly ' backed American Ideas for the building up of a west German armed police force. Also, the British have contributed 'General Montgomery as commnnder-ln-chief of the Brussels pact European de- I Tenses. t ' ' ' But American opinion has been considerably alarmed by recent reports that one faction In the Labor government leadership most intent RLDAY; DECEMBER 8, NKW CIIEVKOI.KTS TO BE SHOWN-fhe 1051 Chevrolet will be shown for"the first "tlme'liT Blithe- ville tomorrow at Sullivan-Nelson Chevrolet Co.. 301 West Walnut. Shown above is the Styleline De Luxe four-door sedan, one of the 14 models being introduced by Chevrolet for 195). coal resources.' They have opposed the European Federation plan advanced at the recent Assembly in Strasbourg. This raised much doubt over the degree to which the British , some tall explaining by the British really mean to support a unified as well as by the Americans, while Europe. the heads of the two governments So there is plenty 'of room for I are la conference. Mayor Lear** Police On Lint Despite Union PITTSBURGH, Dec. «. W) - A union demand for removal of police protection Jn the city's 18-day violence pocked strike by department store delivery truck drivers has been refused by Mayor David L. Lawrenct. The creased socUl iceurity benefits. The APL teamiten' after new outbreaks of brought redoubling of police d«t*U< around property of thrw struck stores — Hornt's, KauXmann'i ao* Gtmbel'i. because Iff DOUBIHKH! M I KENTUCKY WHISKEY-A BIEND. »6 proof. 70% oiQin neuKal .pirili, Sck.nUy Dili. l»c., H. t. H. Y. " arms expenditures, while U. a. con- Also, the British have refused to The Navy declined to disclose the vessel's destination. Her flight deck was Jammed with combat planes Those of you who can answer "yes" (o this question, have a really joyous Holiday ahead! You'll have nil Ihe funds needed for an impressive array of Yuletide gifts for family and friends. There'll be mone yfor extra attention at (he beauty parlor—perhaps a'new party dress, or an extra fancy Christmas tree, this year. 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