Dragon DRA60469 US M4A3E8 (76W) HVSS Sherman Medium Tank - Company C, 89th Medium Tank Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Han River, Korea, 1951 [60th Anniversary of the Korean War] (1:72 Scale)
"The only way you can win a war is to attack and keep on attacking, and after you have done that, keep attacking some more."
- General George S. Patton Jr., January 1945
The Korean War was fought between June 25th, 1950 and July 27th, 1953, when a shaky ceasefire was signed. This bloody conflagration came hot on the heels of WWII, and it essentially pitted Western countries against communism. Unsurprisingly, the USA employed equipment that dated back to WWII usage. One such 'legacy' tank commonly employed during the Korean War was the M4A3E8 Sherman, often referred to as 'Easy Eight' thanks to its E8 nomenclature. It was distinguished by its Horizontal Volute Spring System (HVSS) and wider tracks. The stronger suspension allowed thicker armor, and it was also armed with a long-barreled 76mm M1A1 gun. The M4A3E8 entered combat in December 1944, and there were still plenty around to fight North Korean and Chinese forces more than five years later.
Just such an M4A3E8(76mm) tank is depicted in Dragon Armor's latest 1/72 release. The actual tank is an example from the 89th Tank Battalion fighting near the Han River in 1951. This battalion, part of the 25th Infantry Division, was activated in Korea in August 1950. It participated in ten campaigns during the Korean War. What makes this model tank special is that it’s the very first Korean War vehicle in the Dragon Armor collection! The fully built-up and painted tank is built to an exacting finish, with details commensurate with a Dragon 1/72 scale plastic kit. Another special feature is the colorful and accurately reproduced markings of this unit. The tank has received mouth and eye markings in order to intimidate enemy combatants. This is a powerful asset in the Dragon Armor range, and collectors will appreciate its detail and markings. Now in stock!
Length: 3.25 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Release Date: March 2011
Historical Account: "Medal Contention" - The 89th Medium Tank Battalion was an Armored tank unit of the United States Army. It was activated in Korea in August, 1950 and in November 1951, it was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. The unit participated no fewer than ten campaigns, from 1951 through the Armistice in 1953 with the 26th Division. It earned the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation. The 89th Tank Battalion returned to Hawaii with the 25th Infantry Division where it remained until deactivation in 1957.