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DogDodger last won the day on March 11 2017

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  1. Jeeps, very sorry but I somehow missed this post. I hadn't mentioned it or posted pictures because I was making a joke about the car I had just gotten, although to be honest its name was probably upwards of 20% of the reason I was interested in it... Anyway, since we're on the subject and since you'd probably be among the handful of people who would have any chance of appreciating the license plate I ordered for this German M4, here's a picture. Apologies for the off-topic post, but didn't want you to think I had been ignoring you and rest assured if I did somehow manage to buy an actual tank I'd be posting everywhere about it! Now back to actual tanks.
  2. Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? That's a mother beautiful tank!
  3. DogDodger

    Name that AFV: The New Tank ID thread

    That one took some digging, but I believe it ended up being the proposed howitzer version of the Canadian APC named after this guy: .
  4. Stansell and Laughling say, "At CDA [Chrysler Defense Arsenal], the glacis [applique] armor was first installed in early August 1943. The exact date of the introduction of the side plates is not known, but CDA's M4 composites starting [sic] getting theirs in late August 1943. It's safe to assume that they were installing them on the M4A4 line at the same time. It's also interesting to speculate that some M4A4s left the factory with front applique only." And later, "Once a vehicle was issued to troops--either stateside or overseas--it was rarely modified. Most, if not all, applique appears to have been installed by the factories or by the tank depots before issue or during a remanufacturing program." Chrysler rebuilt 1610 M4A4s destined for the British by October 1944, so it seems from their research that it might be rare for the applique armor kits to have been installed in Britain. On the other hand, if Chrysler started adding the applique armor in August 1943, over a year of M4A4 production had already elapsed, and 6173 M4A4s had been produced by the end of the second quarter of 1943, which would leave potentially 4563 tanks that were built before the applique armor was added to the factory line and which also didn't get run through the remanufacturing program. So bottom line: who knows?
  5. DogDodger

    General AFV Thread

    Maybe it's turning right.
  6. DogDodger

    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    That's the machine that was formerly at Aberdeen.
  7. DogDodger

    Name that AFV: The New Tank ID thread

    Correct. Also correct. You got it. It's in the American Armoured [sic] Foundation Tank Museum in Danville, VA. I tried to hide the vehicle beside it since it's kind of iconic.
  8. DogDodger

    Name that AFV: The New Tank ID thread

    Would a picture like this work with the rules? I can edit if it's against the spirit of the thread.
  9. DogDodger

    Name that AFV: The New Tank ID thread

    One of the LOSAT prototypes. :)
  10. Pedantically, Stansell and Laughlin assert that Pressed Steel manufactured "21 examples of the 76mm HVSS [M4A2] in the second quarter of 1945." But Fisher made upwards of 68% of M4A2s of all types, so Soviet tankers would have at least a very good chance of seeing vehicles from this factory.
  11. Yikes. It took me a while to work through the confusion while going through the article: But that picture is a Sherman, not an M7 tank. But the M7 tank was an International Harvester product, not ALCO. But the M7 tank was armed with the 75 mm gun M3, not a 105 mm gun. But that picture is of a howitzer motor carri...oh.
  12. DogDodger

    General AFV Thread

    Nice work! Cameos were made, lol. I'll be there again this year.
  13. DogDodger

    Movie tanks and terrible Vismods

    These look similar to the vehicles used in the movie Assembly, which is available subtitled on Youtube. I enjoyed the film overall, and thought they did a pretty credible job with the tanks, to be honest.
  14. DogDodger

    Books About Tanks

    Hills does make it sound like certain important Canadians were interested, and "Group" does indeed replace "Gang" in some Canadian reports. Brigadier F.F. Worthington "had in fact not only attended the firing trial in Lincoln of the TOG-2 turret, but was the first man to fire the 20cwt. AA gun in the turret." A Canadian Colonel F.F. Fulton wrote a report on 30 April 1943 recommending the hydraulic drive system of TOG-1 see further development as it allowed the vehicle to be steered with "phenomenal ease." There are other mentions of Canadian thoughts in the book, but it is maddeningly unindexed, and Canadian reports are something I didn't make my own pagination notes on.
  15. DogDodger

    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    Oh wow it's too bad I just bought an M4 today.