War Master WMTK004 US M1A1 Abrams Tank with Mine Clearing Rollers - 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana, 1998 (1:72 Scale)
"We will carry out a campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility ... and by the application of overwhelming force."
- CENTCOM commander General Tommy Franks commenting on the conduct of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, March 21st, 2003
A mine-clearing roller (MCR) can be mounted on an M1 or M60 tank that is modified with a permanently attached mine-roller mounting kit. Mounting the roller to a tank is a cumbersome, time-consuming operation because it is very difficult under battlefield conditions and requires lift capability. The roller tank is limited to a speed of 3 to 10 mph (5 to 15 kph).
The MCR consists of a roller assembly, a mounting kit, and a hand winch kit. The roller assembly weighs approximately 20,000 pounds (9,072 kg) and consists of two push beams mounted to the front of the tank. The rollers are designed to defeat most single-pulse, pressure-activated AT and AP mines. The roller creates a 3.6 foot (1.1 m) wide cleared path in front of each track.
When employed in a suspected minefield, the MCR must travel in a relatively straight path, because tight turns may cause the roller to deviate from the path of the track and leave the tank vulnerable to mines. Ground fluctuations, bumps, and berms may cause the roller to lift from the ground and miss mines.
The roller is designed to withstand multiple mine explosions before damage; however, this depends on the size of the mines. Large blasts may destroy the roller or the vehicle or injure the crew. Rollers are best used to proof lanes in obstacles that are breached by other means, such as a MICLIC or an MCB.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US M1A1 Abrams Tank with mine clearing rollers then deployed to Fort Polk, Louisiana, during 1998.
Length: 5-1/4 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: July 2011
Historical Account: "Ready for Combat" - Fort Polk is a United States Army installation located in Vernon Parish, approximately 7 miles east of Leesville, Louisiana and 20 miles north of DeRidder, Louisiana. It was named in honor of the Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana, and a distinguished Confederate general in the American Civil War. The post encompasses approximately 198,000 acres. Of this, 100,000 acres are owned by the Department of the Army and 98,125 acres by the U.S. Forest Service, mostly in the Kisatchie National Forest. Fort Polk is the only Combat Training Center that also trains and deploys combat units.
Fort Polk began as a base for the Louisiana Maneuvers in the 1940s. It served the 1st Armored Division in the 1950s, and became a basic training post during Vietnam War years of the 1960s and '70s. It hosted the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in the 1970s-1980s, and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in the 1990s. Fort Polk is now home to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, 115th Combat Support Hospital, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, the 162nd Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army Garrison and Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital.