Vietnam War Tanks
Although a plethora of deadly weapons and new tactics for killing people were employed throughout the Vietnam War, only a handful of different tanks were used - this may be because of the terrain, which was often jungle interwoven with many rivers and swamps.
However, the following tanks were used during the Vetnam War: M41 Walker Bulldog light tank (South Vietnamese Army), M48 Patton medium tank, M551 Sheridan, Centurion main battle tank (Australia).
The American used a few Sherman M4A3-M4A6 medium tanks in Vietnam (The M4 Sherman medium tank was the most common Allied tank used in World War II.) However, by the time the Korean War had ended, the Americans had, for the most part, replaced the Sherman with more modern tanks.
The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong were supplied with Soviet tanks: the T-34/85 medium tank, which was first used during World War II, the T-54 main battle tank and the PT-76 light amphibious tank.
The Chinese supplied the North Vietnamese with the the Type 59 main battle tank (their version of the T-54), the Type 62 light tank, a lighter version of the Type 59 MBT, and the Type 63 light amphibious tank, their version of the PT-76.
Battle of Ben Het
The Battle of Ben Het was one of the few engagements during the Vietnam War in which tanks were pitted against tanks.
On March 3, 1969, North Vietnamese forces from the 4th Armored Battalion, 202nd Armored Regiment, attacked US forces from the 1st Battalion, 69th Armor at a training camp near Ben Het in South Vietnam.
The North Vietnamese had between 10 and 19 PT-76 tanks. The Americans had several M48A3 Patton tanks.
One M48 was hit by a PT-76, but it did not suffer much damage.
Two PT-76s were destroyed by M48s. A third PT-76 exploded when it struck a mine.
(Weights are in long tons and kilograms.)