Sherman blanket box

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by JackGe, May 8, 2022.

  1. JackGe

    JackGe Junior Member

    This storage bin attached to the rear of the turret, are there any known dimensions, based either on official drawings or taken from a physical existing artifact? Specifically looking at the type common in NWE 1944-45.



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  2. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    If no one here knows, I would bet you anything that someone on missing-lynx does.
  3. JackGe

    JackGe Junior Member

    It has been asked there, as well as the Maple Leaf Up forums, and if it is known, it seems to be a well guarded secret.
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  4. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Wow, that's frustrating :( I guess there are no extant boxes?
  5. JackGe

    JackGe Junior Member

    There was just a posting now at missinglynx, and apparently the likelihood of finding an original box is really slim. Constructed of thin sheet metal, any that had survived the war would have rusted out, unless they were stored away from the elements?

    I think a good starting point for measurements would be the width as 36 inches, an even three feet. Going by 1/35 scale model examples, depth of 14 to 15 inches, and a height of around 18 inches (half of the width calculation). All based on the assumptions the design was kept simple, and fractional measurements were avoided.
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  6. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    In North Africa the box from the Crusader tank was so appreciated many units transferred them to Shermans. When these ran out, copies were made - squarer than the originals, note the diagonal split. These were very common in Italy. As for the big one common in NW Europe it certainly looks to be a standard size, I wonder if it had another original use?

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