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2 hours ago, Gurth said:

Funny/interesting: I came across this thread (and forum) when looking for information on the M4A4 to build a model of exactly this tank a while ago, and by now have managed to read it to the end and find … the tank that started me reading here in the first place.

 

It’s indeed a Sherman V, fitted with (the lower section of) the deep-wading trunks at the back of the hull. I could post more pics of this tank, if there’s interest, and of the other four (one Sherman V and three Crabs) that were close to it, and remained there for several years after the war.

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Thanks :)

 

Here are some more photos of the same tank:

 

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It’s the one on the left in both. The tank in the background of the first photo is a Churchill AVRE.

 

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Does anybody know what the rectangular things on the front fenders are? They look like some kind of jerrycan holders, but don’t seem to be the right size for that.

 

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And in this one, I’ve been wondering what the round thing is that’s leaning against the turret. It might not be from a Sherman at all, of course, but I can’t figure it out.

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3 hours ago, Gurth said:

Thanks :)

 

Here are some more photos of the same tank:

 

 

 

 

 

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Does anybody know what the rectangular things on the front fenders are? They look like some kind of jerrycan holders, but don’t seem to be the right size for that.

 

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And in this one, I’ve been wondering what the round thing is that’s leaning against the turret. It might not be from a Sherman at all, of course, but I can’t figure it out.

 

Looks like "Cherry" has all sots of improvised stowage on the glacis.  Just judging by the location and the other stuff, it may have been for an unditching beam or small fascine.

Since there is an AVRE in the mix, it may have also been used for carrying beach landing mesh.  Just a guess.

 

The "round bit" looks like a random chunk of material caught in the fuel tank scupper.

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Gurth said:

Funny/interesting: I came across this thread (and forum) when looking for information on the M4A4 to build a model of exactly this tank a while ago, and by now have managed to read it to the end and find … the tank that started me reading here in the first place.

 

It’s indeed a Sherman V, fitted with (the lower section of) the deep-wading trunks at the back of the hull. I could post more pics of this tank, if there’s interest, and of the other four (one Sherman V and three Crabs) that were close to it, and remained there for several years after the war.

 

(LOL oops, I should have read to the end)  Please post more pic, I love the M4A4, since it has the most interesting motor. 

 

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3 hours ago, Jeeps_Guns_Tanks said:

 

(LOL oops, I should have read to the end)  Please post more pic, I love the M4A4, since it has the most interesting motor. 

 

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You and your multibank lust :wub:..

 

 

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30 minutes ago, Meplat said:

You and your multibank lust :wub:..

 

 

 

Man, it's only gotten worse too, Walt sent me some docs on the Army's opinion on the various Sherman Motors, and the A57 was really a better choice than the R975. Even after all the changes to make the R975 a tank motor, without a very skilled driver they struggled to get 400 hours out of them. Once the bugs were worked out of the A57 it was solid, and the driver didn't need to be as careful with them. 

 

I am so pleased that there are insane people in Europe that are willing to keep a couple A57 powered Shermans working. 

 

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1 minute ago, Jeeps_Guns_Tanks said:

 

Man, it's only gotten worse too, Walt sent me some docs on the Army's opinion on the various Sherman Motors, and the A57 was really a better choice than the R975. Even after all the changes to make the R975 a tank motor, without a very skilled driver they struggled to get 400 hours out of them. Once the bugs were worked out of the A57 it was solid, and the driver didn't need to be as careful with them. 

 

I am so pleased that there are insane people in Europe that are willing to keep a couple A57 powered Shermans working. 

 

Much as I like the R975, the GAA was by far the better engine.

 

The Chrysler Multibank I like just because ONLY Chrysler could get it to work. 

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11 hours ago, Jeeps_Guns_Tanks said:

 

Please post more pic

 

Will moving pictures of Shermans (these, plus Crabs) coming ashore under fire do? How about of Shermans firing on Germans (hey, that rhymes)? Plus the odd AVRE, more LVTs and M29Cs than you can shake a stick at, and as a bonus, Hawker Typhoons making attack runs?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIber1VFkn4

 

Edit: why doesn’t it embed the video? Or doesn’t this forum support that?

 

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I love the M4A4, since it has the most interesting motor. 

 

You’re not going to say that anymore after you’ve tried fitting the 1/35th scale one by Resicast into a model.

 

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Welcome to the forum!

 

Thanks :)

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Looks like "Cherry"

 

That’s actually the codename of the LCT it was carried in :) The number 6 also refers to that — both were on all the Shermans Vs and Crabs carried in that particular landing craft.

 

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has all sots of improvised stowage on the glacis.  Just judging by the location and the other stuff, it may have been for an unditching beam or small fascine.

 

 

It’s just a generic stowage rack, going by photos of the tanks in use in early November 1944:

 

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“Cock o’the North” is on the right, behind the crowd, in both photos. The other one, “Bramble” (actually another LCT codename) is the tank that’s on the right in the first photos I posted, and also the one shown firing on German positions in the YouTube film I linked to above. All these photos appear to be stills from (the uncut version of) that film, as the picture below shows if you’ve watched the film:

 

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And a few more, of the tanks supporting Commandos:

 

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Here are some more pics of the same tanks, but now after the war.

 

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This is Cock o’the North, but before its spare track links etc. were removed; it’s in the same place as the photo @EnsignExpendable posted, with the wooden wall behind it. Interestingly, it rides on T48 tracks and has those on its hull front, but for some reason there seems to be a length of T49 track on the turret. Unfortunately I’ve not found any other photos that show this side of the tank during or shortly after the war so I can’t tell if it was there during the war too. You can tell it’s a command tank, though, by the antenna mount on the right hull front, and the photo also shows there’s a bracket for probably an extra antenna on the right rear of the turret (the other Sherman V, let’s call it “Bramble”, has that too).

 

Talking of which:

 

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This one I particularly like because it looks like someone cleaned a paintbrush on the side of the tank.

 

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Bunch of new posts today. 

 

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Sherman Tank Site News Post 16: A few setbacks but some good content on the way. 

Well, the beginning of the year was looking good, then things on a work-related front went south, and I have not had as much time for the site. What time I had I was using on image improvements and had to cut back there due to some carpal tunnel syndrome issues.  I won’t bother you all with further personal stuff.

I’ve discovered the stash of Army Motors Magazines over at Radionerds, and have done a series of posts about them.

Sherman Tank Site Post 72: Army Motors, the Magazine of the Army Mechanic!

Sherman Tank Site Post 73: Articles from Army Motors Episode one, Give Your Tank a Brake!

Sherman news from around the net.

 

 

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The consequences of hitting a German 88-mm shell in the “Sherman”. 18+

The above link takes you post on LiveJournal with a video of a French crew removing a dead crew member, it is not for the faint of heart.  Another catch by Looser over on the SH forums.

 

Tank and AFV News new Video channel.

Our pal Walt from the Sturgeons House Forums, who runs Tank And AFV News, has a new video channel, and though it is not Sherman specific, it is doing book reviews and if you’re interested in Shermans, or Armor in general, you should give his page and videos a view! Support the fellow Armor loving guys out there!

Here are a few samples!

 

 

Peter Samsanov of Tank Archives does a Podcast on German Kill claim inflation!

 

Peter S and his Tank Archives site are powerhouses in revealing the truth about the prowess of Soviet Armor, and the imaginary prowess of German Armor!

Listen to Peter talk to Military History Verbalized about German Kill claims and the real numbers. Not directly Sherman related, but there are many mythical German kill claims in the west too.

 

I’m also going to include a few improved images I haven’t put up yet. 

 

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That’s all for now, but don’t forget to check out or gear store if you want to wear Sherman Tank related gear.  It supports the site

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http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/73-years-late-an-american-tank-sent-to-stalin-is-almost-ready-for-first-mission-on-russian-soil/

Article from April, forgot to post here (i saw that news in Russian)

Sherman as lifted from Barents Sea

 

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Sherman as lifted from Barents Sea

 

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It was this week flown from Murmansk region to Vladivostok - where it will be restored to working order 73 years after it was sent by the US to help the Soviets defeat the Nazis. 

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I'm looking at a list of improvements added to the Canadian Grizzly tank, and it contains the following:

  • 2nd first aid kit and holder
  • 2" bomb thrower
  • Mine snake hatch
  • Red bird lamp & bracket
  • Hand grenade stowage
  • Spent cartridge bag removal

What is a mine snake hatch and a red bird lamp? I assume that the first is a hatch to drop mine-clearing detonation cord of some kind, but what's the second? A red tinted lamp that doesn't spoil your night vision maybe?

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1 hour ago, EnsignExpendable said:

I'm looking at a list of improvements added to the Canadian Grizzly tank, and it contains the following:

  • 2nd first aid kit and holder
  • 2" bomb thrower
  • Mine snake hatch
  • Red bird lamp & bracket
  • Hand grenade stowage
  • Spent cartridge bag removal

What is a mine snake hatch and a red bird lamp? I assume that the first is a hatch to drop mine-clearing detonation cord of some kind, but what's the second? A red tinted lamp that doesn't spoil your night vision maybe?

 

I have no idea.  I searched around the webs.  Oddly enough, there is a modern company that makes bulbs named Redbird LED, but they were founded in 2006.  Probably not what they are talking about on the Grizzly.

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13 hours ago, EnsignExpendable said:

What is a mine snake hatch and a red bird lamp? I assume that the first is a hatch to drop mine-clearing detonation cord of some kind

 

Snake was a mine-clearing device that consisted of lengths of explosive-filled pipe (basically Bangalore torpedo) pushed across the minefield by the tank, and then detonated. I suspect the hatch is intended for easier access to that through the belly of the tank, so as not to expose the crewman to enemy fire. Not sure why they couldn’t use the escape hatch, but maybe this modification involved a hatch that wouldn’t drop to the ground and had to be lifted back into place?

 

13 hours ago, EnsignExpendable said:

 

but what's the second? A red tinted lamp that doesn't spoil your night vision maybe?

 

No idea, sorry.

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11 hours ago, LoooSeR said:

https://dambiev.livejournal.com/1170376.html

 

The Victory Parade in Verkhnyaya Pyshma on May 9, 2018 with rare armored vehicles

 

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Sweet photos, it's an earlyish M4, the gun mount is an M34, not M34A1, but the hull has upgrades, interesting. 

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Question: Would mid- to late-production M4A4s (with no direct vision blocks) have had the mesh shields around the turret basket as on early-production M4A4s, or not?

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1 minute ago, Walter_Sobchak said:

Is it just me, or does this suspension look a bit like some sort of evil Aztec god?

 

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LOL it really does,  if you colored in the picture on the right with Aztec colors it would be perfect!  

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