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Thread: M10 Tank Destroyer

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    Default Re: M10 Tank Destroyer

    Quote Originally Posted by GliderInfantry View Post
    why was this tank equipped with an open-topped turret?
    It enabled them to fit a larger gun in the turret without increasing the height.

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    As far as I know, the main reason for the open turred was that it gave the crew a better view of the battle field.
    Later during the war, the M-36 Jackson and M-10's were given a thin armoured cover, with large hatches. In my opinion, the crew would be more vurnable to machine gun fire and artillery, then to handgranates.

    As said before, these vehicles were supposed to find and destroy enemy tanks, not infantry. And if they met German infantry, these would flee away if they didn't have a Panzerfaust to shoot at it. A regular German soldier would mostly not see that the tank was open, or know this... To a regular German, the M-10 must have been like a Sherman. It takes a lot of courage to run up to a tank to trough a granate in, and these vehicles would usualy be supported by infantry, so it wouldn't even be possible, while a panzerfaust could be fired from a little further away.

    There were 3 tank destroyers in the ETO in 1944-45
    The M-18 Hellcat with a 76mm canon,
    The M-36 Jackson with a 90mm canon and,
    The M-10 with a 3'' (+-76mm) canon.

    There were two types of the M-10, the M-10 and the M-10 A1.
    The M-10 was based on the M4A2 Sherman, while the M-10 A1 was based on the M4A3. Also, the A-1 had a larger turred, and better counter weights, in the shape of duckbills.

    The British updated their M-10 A1's with the 17 pounder anty tank gun, called Achilles, and from june '44, these were replasing the regular M-10's in commonwealth service, aldough not all were replased.

    Cheers,
    Joppe

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    Default Re: M10 Tank Destroyer

    If you read my preceding posts in this thread, the TD crews biggest problem, when they were inevitably used as assault guns in Normandy during the hedgerow fighting, were German snipers...

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    In British use the M10's were attached as needed to units

    When attached to Infantry tank units in the attack they tended to be used for long range sniping (although on occasion they were caught up in close in fighting) while the I tanks advanced with the infantry

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    Default Re: M10 Tank Destroyer

    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    If you read my preceding posts in this thread, the TD crews biggest problem, when they were inevitably used as assault guns in Normandy during the hedgerow fighting, were German snipers...
    Ofcource, you are right...
    I however was more pointing to the anti tank point of view, rather then to anti personel. Indeed, for tankers, especialy commanders, and TD crews, the German snipers were a real threat.

    In British armoured Divisions, an anti tank regiment usualy had two batteries with M-10/Achilles', and two with towed 17 pounders. They were widely used to cover the flanks of an advance. The towed batteries usualy were assighend to the Infantery brigade, the self probelled batteries to the Armoured brigade.

    Atleast some British and canadian Infantry divisions also had M-10's/Achilles', but I am not sure if every Infantery division had these on hand. I do know that later in the war, the 15th Scottish and 43th Wessex Infantry divisions had some Archers. These were 17 pounders fitter rearwards on a Valentine tank chassis...

    Cheers,
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