Interesting notes about the M1-A1.
The M1 uses a Turbine
engine to achieve it's incredible (for it's weight) top speed. This engine also generates a tremendous
amount of heat
. (in other words if you are driving behind one don't get to close unless you want the paint
stripped from the hood of your car) Many soldier
s used this heat during Desert Storm
to dry their clothes and to keep warm during the incredibly cold desert nights.
During an inspection of a field exercise being performed by the Georgia National Guard
, the Brigade
commander of 3rd Infantry Division(Mechanized) noticed a M1 with condensation
forming on the main gun barrel
. He entered the tank to find the barrel had been stuffed with ice
and cans of beer
These last two example
s show the domestic
versatility of the M1.