Army paints tank pink, but not for the reason you might think – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs

October is when America’s favorite color seems to be pink.

NFL football players don pink cleats and hang pink towels from their belts.

The wives of both major presidential candidates risk a fashion police citation by wearing the same shade of pink to the second debate. And the president himself is seen wearing a pink rubber bracelet.

Everywhere there are pink ribbons. In almost every case, this temporary change of hues is in recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, when public service organizations unite to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

But when the Army recently sent out pictures of a pink tank at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, saving woman from the disease was not the goal.

via Army paints tank pink, but not for the reason you might think – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs.

Heh. Normally Armor guys just wear pink underwear…

Also, I’m pretty sure that’s an M48, not an M60. I’ll defer to the vehicle recognition experts, but the turret doesn’t look M60ish to me.

10 thoughts on “Army paints tank pink, but not for the reason you might think – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs”

  1. It’s an M60. From this angle, the turret shapes are very similar, but the cupola is pretty distinct in its angular-ness on this picture, as is an M60. Most telling are the shape of the light gaurds, and the flat slab of the front slope of the hull and the sharp angle where the upper and lower hull meet per the M60 rather than the curved front slope of the M48.

  2. In Germany, the brigade was dumb enough to put a tank on display outside the infantry battalion, which resulted in it getting “pinked” about once a year. One time for Easter, it had multiple pastel shades. Unfortunately, when directed to fix it immediately, they never could produce the right OD shade to repaint it, so it always looked horrific.

  3. The M-48 has five (05) return rollers at the top of the tracks, the M-60 has only three (03) return rollers.
    This is an M-60A1 with the commanders cupola with needle turret and 105 mm gun.

  4. generally the fire command is called out, Target, tanks in the tree line, gunner says Identified two M-60 in treeline, TC says target pink tank, load HEAT. This enables the trainee to understand that all the tanks are not the target just the pink one and if he hits a blue one instead he has committed an anti-tank faux pas and will be in deep Kimchee.

  5. This is an early model M60, this has the rounded turtle shell turret not the more angular shape of the ‘A1 not to mention the bustle rack is a carry over from the ’48

  6. I know everyone already beat the point in, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer my two cents on the matter. The M60 initially had the same type of turret shape as the M48 that immediately preceded it. M60A1 and M60A3 had the more familiar needle-nose turret, which had an improved interior arrangement in addition to the tactical advantages of a smaller frontal target area, a stabilization system for the main gun, and increased armor slope. The M60A2, well, that might be the most visually distinctive tank ever produced outside of the KV-2 and M3 Lee/Grant. I feel like the Shillelagh deserves a post at some point if you haven’t already. I tried to find images with angles on the turret most similar to the picture of the pink tank, so here goes:

    M60 (note the bulge on the right for the commander’s cupola):
    http://www.battletanks.com/images/M60-3.jpg

    M60A1/A3 (note the lack of said bulge):
    http://www.peachmountain.com/5star/images/2006_FtKnox_Tanks/NSengupta_FtKnox_2006_4253_T72_Tanks.jpg

    M60A2 (crazy, right?):
    http://mainbattletanks.czweb.org/Tanky/m60a2_2.jpg

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