By Jim Mesko
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From these positions the Centurions fired their guns in anger for the first time while supporting an American patrol along the Han. "Caughao", a Centurion from C Squadron, Headquarters Troop, came under fire from a Cromwell tank which the Chinese had captured. Along with another Centurion, fire was returned at a range of 3000 yards. The Cromwell was destroyed with the second shot, a rather remarkable feat of gunnery considering the range. Following the initial impetus of the Chinese attack, their drive lost power.
US Army) self-propelled gun moves down a road past a column of troops from the 24th Infantry Division during a counterattack against the Chinese spring offensive. The M-7 is believed to be from Company D of the 8th Armored Battalion. Note the face tiger face on the An M-7 mudguard. (US Army) 61 This M-7, "HELLBOUND" of the 300th Armored Field Artillery, has round at Chinese positions and the gun tube is in full (US Army) just fired a recoil. With a load of ROKs aboard, this M-46 from the 73rd Tank Battalion prepares to cross the Imjin River to help secure a bridgehead.
Attempts by the 5th Cavalry to break through were to no avail; the 8th Cav was forced to break into groups of twos and threes to get through the Chinese lines. During the fighting nine tanks were either destroyed or abandoned, along with large quantities of other equipment. Though the tanks did prove extremely valuable during the battle, confinement to the narrow roads limited their usefulness, while exposing the tanks to enemy fire. This small action was but a taste of what was to come as the Chinese literally began enclosing UN forces inside a sea of Chinese troops.
Armor in Korea A Pictorial History by Jim Mesko