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  1. Definitely the best book I've seen on Czech AFVs of that era. The English version has drawings as well--both apparently from the factories and from HL Doyle--but they are regular pages that aren't removable. Also, a couple hundred pages of Kursk left, and then I'll move this to the front of the line.
  2. Is this what you're talking about? Not 100% legible but I think it's the closest I have. Taken at the Memorial Day event at Ft. Knox on 26 May 2007. Link to original: click
  3. That's exactly right Jeeps. Here's a comparison between this vehicle and an M74 (since I don't have a direct comparison handy of an HVSS tank). Lord_James, the M4A1 was the cast-hull variant, so it wouldn't have the sharp edges on the upper hull.
  4. Good eye. In order to not stray from this topic, I've posted some pics and a video here.
  5. Some shots and footage of the Americans in Wartime Museum's EFV automotive test rig:
  6. Going a bit old school in Virginia over the weekend:
  7. Neat cargo-holder fabrication or whatever they've done on the deck. If I had to guess, though, I'd go with M4A2 since the rear armor looks to dip down further that an M4's and it looks like it has the water and oil filler caps associated with an M4A2. Jeeps?
  8. Agree on M4(105), at least; it looks to have the grouser compartment air scoop between the lifting hook and taillight on the rear deck.
  9. Jeeps, I know it's a heckuva way from CA, but the Armor and Cavalry Collection is doing open houses at Benning monthly for the next few months, and you might like some of what they have to see.
  10. I've had Lawrence's comically large tome on Kursk for four years or so and have just started reading it, having been previously intimidated a bit by its sheer size and scope. I mean, it has the word "Prokhorovka" on the spine...horizontally. And it weighs 12 pounds. So far, Lawrence is definitely thorough, and there are first-person accounts to balance out the archival research. I can't really form an opinion of his analysis of the battle yet since I'm only on page 359, where the actual battle begins. I'll keep everyone posted.
  11. The four jettisonable 55 gal fuel drums mounted on the rear deck increased the tank's range to about...135 miles.
  12. Thanks. If you speak to Mr. DiNardo again, please tell him he owes me twelve bucks. PayPal is acceptable. ;)
  13. Just got through Guderian: Panzer Pioneer or Myth Maker? by Russell A. Hart. I was looking forward to reading it; the introduction says the book "seeks the real Heinz Guderian, not the man of legend." I was expecting a short but interesting insight into how Guderian inflated his accomplishments, much like Bond and Mearsheimer had done with Liddell Hart (and which Gat later attempted to redress). No less than Richard DiNardo proffered a decently glowing review of the book that concluded with, "This monograph is certainly not the definitive biography of Guderian, and I do not think the author ha
  14. I'd guess Lima Locomotive Works, which was the first factory in production in February 1942. The fixed hull MGs were eliminated in March 1942. Pacific Car and Foundry didn't begin production until May, and their first production tanks had the holes for these MGs welded shut. Pressed Steel Car Co. began production in March and its earliest tanks had the bow MG holes, but their early tanks also featured riveted lower hulls, which it looks like this tank lacks. Also, assembling tanks in a vest, tie, and fedora is classy as a sonofagun.
  15. Well this is interesting. Perhaps D51045 is a subcomponent of the turret hatch assembly rather than the part number for the entire assembly itself. SNL G-104 from 1 August 1945 for the M4, M4A1, and M4(105) does indeed call D51050 the turret hatch race ring for "first type hatch, M4, M4A1." However, what is D51045 in the picture is listed instead as part number D78013: It's tough to tell if the periscope door in your picture is D51027 or D51047, but the latter part number is listed in the M4, M4A1, and M4(105) SNL as "DOOR, turret hatch, w PERISCOPE OPENING (first type hatch)
  16. Sorry, Jeeps, I've had it forever and I think the site where I got it has shut down. Back in the day there was a guy, IIRC linked from the AFV News site, who was making copies of manuals and selling them. I forget his name and his site, but he actually did a good job: good quality copies as you can see above, spiral-bound with plastic covers (the thicker ones are three-hole bound, which allows for easy removal and scanning of pages). He had Canadian and British manuals as well.
  17. SNL G-104 for the M4A4 from 29 July 1943 shows a light switch that looks pretty similar: After messing around a bit with the warning plate for the blackout switch, I've come up with Pulling on the switch activated the blackout marker and taillights and blackout stoplight; to get to the second (service headlights and blackout stop light) or third (service stop lights with no other lights) detents you had to press the locking button on the left as you pulled the switch. Not much help, but it may be a start. Edit: The last line may be "1ST S
  18. I think the early suspension bogies point to it being an M4A2. The heavy-duty bogies were introduced by summer 1942, and the M4A2 was the only welded-hull tank in production before then. The first M4A3, which was the next welded-hull variant to be introduced, had the heavy-duty bogies.
  19. Ehh, with that resolution and angle I'd (at least) consider it to be pretty difficult, but it looks like it might have air scoops on the rear hull? If so it would probably be an M4. Jeeps?
  20. This by chance? MG Barnes's order posted there notes that "there is a War Department Circular forbidding the use of nicknames in official and technical correspondence. The objective of this order involves public information channels only"
  21. Production there continued until the second quarter of 1945 according to Stansell and Laughlin.
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