The Sherman Tank what an amazing vehicle!!

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by kfz, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

  2. Churchy

    Churchy Member

    Whatever is said about it,the allies needed it in ww2.
    It was'nt that great from a technical standpoint,but it was easy to produce in large numbers,like the t34,which in the end was the telling factor.
    Unfortunately,as has been said by veterans who knew this tank,losing many tanks also meant losing many lives and the policy of producing a mediocre tank in great numbers took a big toll on the tankies who fought in them.
    Mediocre tank,but essential for the war effort due to the fact there was so many of them and losses could be replaced relatively easily which was a luxury that the Germans did'nt posses in both terms of men and equipment.
     
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Why have armored versions of Cat and AC dozers? There were far more Shermans around then crawler tractors and the modifications required to produce a Sherman dozer seem much simpler than to armor a D7. Plus it could still function as a tank if required, either with or without the dozer blade.

     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Presumably as a converted Sherman will have a fraction of the sustained earth-shifting ability a D7 or similar has.

    Watched a D7 & grader at play for a few hours one beltring. Very very serious grunt.
     
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Nicolas Moran gives a good tour of the inside of a Firefly

     
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  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Another gem from Belton Cooper:

    To make matters worse, the committee was apparently dominated by Yankees, who decided to name this tank(M3) the ‘Grant’ , after the Union general and later president. The Southerners were aggravated further by the later naming of the M4, known as the ‘Sherman’, after the Union general who burned a path through Georgia.”

    By Yankees he must mean British, I guess.
     
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    :lol:
    That book can be so full of shit.
    "Apparently"... You can always trust a supposedly serious but controversial 'history' that makes use of "apparently".
    I like to think that lying liar Ambrose led Cooper astray by indulging his every theory... It's a shame, as Cooper's story might have been interesting without all the nonsense.
     
  8. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Some forum members may recall the hullabaloo about the new book on the "Sherman scandal" that was going to rock the world. Thankfully the book sank like a stone.
    However I thought I'd share this review which I think is one of the best I've read on that tome:
    For Want of a Gun - The Sherman Tank Scandal of WWII

    Worthwhile bookmarking if you ever run across a defender of the work :)
     
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  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    That is wonderful.
    Politely vicious...
     
  10. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    That was the worst beating I've seen since the second Liston fight.
     
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  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Here is another winner from Belton:

    "The Ford Motor Company, under the direction of the ordnance department, had taken the British Rolls Royce Merlin engine and cut it down to eight cylinders."
     
  12. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Wow, I mean, what. That is so stupid it makes it difficult for me to think coherently.
     
  13. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Claustrophobic in the extreme! I'd prefer to walk.
     
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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  16. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Shermans in sci-fi movies :D

    sherman.jpg
     
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  17. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Found this one today. Seems like the idea is to keep enemy infantry away from the hatches.
    Must have made everyday use by the crew difficult. The hatches could be locked from the inside so I wonder what the whole story is.

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  18. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Completely free from pigeon infestations as well.
     
  19. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Good point. Probably more likely pelicans in those latitudes, and if you've ever seen on of those jettison cargo ......
     
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  20. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Yes, significant mass, multi-hued and with more than a hint of seafood.
     

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