Sunday, February 03, 2008

An American Tank of WW2


This is a photograph of an American tank of WW2
[Photograph: J. Ritson]
This photograph shows the type of American tank used in WW2. It was photographed outside the Memorial Museum for the Battle of Normandy, Bayeux, Calvados, France.
The Batlle of Normandy Memorial Museum is situated at the 'official' limit between the "British" and "American" sectors during the Battle of Normandy. It is also close to the town centre and one of the largest British and Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries in the area.

3 Comments:

Blogger Tomcann said...

This must be a later mark of the MK4as it has a fancy-(welded?) turret but the same old 75mm gun - much discussion on why the US didn't make a better tank as they turned out some 40,000 of these clunkers in three years - which matched the Russian Production of the famous T34 !

Monday, 04 February, 2008  
Blogger Tomcann said...

Second thoughts on this model looks like the M10 "Wolverine" Tank Destroyer used by the Americans with a 3" Gun whereas the Brits - in late late Italy used this same model but with the 17 popunder gun - they called it the Achillies - don't know which brigade had those

Monday, 04 February, 2008  
Blogger Peter G said...

This is a standard production M10 GMC. Recognisable by the five sided welded turret and the counter weights on the turret rear.

Grand Blanc Arsenal built 4,993 between September 1942 and December 1943, and Ford built 1,038 between October 1942 and September 1943.

A number of M10s were supplied to Britain in 1944 where they were designated "3 in SP. Wolverine" and issued to units in Italy and France; most were converted in France from late 1944 by replacing the 3" gun with the formidable 17 pdr gun and redesignated "17pdr SP. Achilles Mk IIC".

This was a most successful conversion, but months too late for Italy. Vehicles not converted were altered to gun towers by the removal of the turret.

Peter

Monday, 04 February, 2008  

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