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    Default Shermans in which units?

    Does anyone know which were the first British units to receive the Sherman MkIII (M4A2)?

    I have seen one in the livery of the Royal Scots Greys in December of 1942, and their are loads by Spring of 1943. But could we place any at Alamein for instance?

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    The New Breed, Part 1 North Africa colour and markings series by Dennis Oliver and Michael Starmer: On 23 October 1942, Sherman III tanks accounted for approximately 30 vehicles out of the 252 Shermans equipping operational unids.

    Also according to this book, 24th Armoured Brigade (ex 8th armoured division, not 10th armoured division, but retaining 8th armoured divisional sign), had the first Sherman III's. Large names were painted onto the rear hull of these vehicles. 41st (Oldham) RTR exaples are Coyote and Cocky. Cocky was the battalions first cassualty, but was repaired, and was apparantly handed over to the 4th (light) armoured brigade, whith whoom it went into action again, and was knocked out again.

    When the first replasement tanks arived, most were Sherman III's, and when the Tunesian campaign started, most Sherman's were Sherman III's.

    So, concluding, as far as I know, 24th armoured brigade, led the first Sherman III's into action at El Alamein. It may have been that some other unids had Sherman III's also at the time, but none are mentioned as far as I'm aware. But yes, some were used at El Alamein, and a lot in the closing phase of the Africa campaign and the Tunesian campaign.

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    Hi jopped.

    Brian Perrett has "Cocky" in the Royal Scots Greys in December 1942, in his book "British tanks in North Africa 1940 - 1942".
    Which would put it in the 4th Lt Armoured Brigade. Which all ties in nicely with what you have quoted from Oliver & Stamer".

    Thanks.

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    Jup, very often, especialy for the advansing party, knocked out tanks could be recovered and repaired and then be sent back into action. This is what happened to Cocky.

    By the way, do you have a link to a site where I can find more information about Brian Perrett's book? The title sounds very interesting!!!

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    Alright... thank you very much!

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    I have since discovered that "Cocky went from 41 R/T/R to the Scots Greys, via 47 R/T/R!
    A much travelled vehicle.

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    Default Re: Shermans in which units?

    Related question.

    Does anyone have any illustrations or photgraphs of the .50 Cal A/A Machine gun mount & location on the turret of an M4A2?

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    http://www.panzermodelling.com/Talle...an_mk3_box.jpg

    This might show something...
    Sherman III's had the regular Sherman split hatch, to which the MG was attatched. The hatch could be welded to the turred in different positions, and possible could even rotate, I am unsure about that. On most Sherman III's, the hatches opened to the sides, while most Sherman II's at the time had hatches that opend up to the front and rear.

    British tank crews didn't like the 50 cal, so they often removed them. This seems to have been done more to the Sherman III's then to Sherman II's, also because by the time most III's came into action, crews had more experience.

    Are you making a model of a British Sherman III?

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    Are you making a model of a British Sherman III?
    Yes, a 41 R/T/R M4A2 circa November 1942. 1/72 scale

    I should have made that last post read .30 Calibre M/Gun Not .50 Calibre.
    The .50 Calibre was not re-introduced until February 1943.

    It would appear that on the split hatch, it was mounted around the outer hatch ring. I was just wondering where? Like on a clock face.
    I have seen one mounted at about 11 o'clock (assuming that exactly in line with the main gun is 12 o'clock).

    Cheers, David.

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    Is this what you are looking for:


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    This is a Fusiliers Sherman in Caen 1944. But there is a small "RC" painted on the lower front hull, which may indicate that this is a Canadian unit?

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    Default Re: Shermans in which units?

    Two more photos:

    The first is definately a British Sherman. Is that a gun mount at 6 o'clock?

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    This photo looks like British and US troops. The Sherman has a 30 or 50 cal at 6 o'clock.

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    ps. My guess is that this is Italy 1943
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    Basicly, you can mount the .30 the same way as a .50. They were mounted on the same location... But if I had to say, I'd plase it between 11 and 1 o'clock, or between 5 to 7 o'clock, which seems to be most historical based on photo's I've seen...

    Good luck with the model, I believe 41 RTR was the senior regiment, so AoS should be 40. Also, not that 24th armoured brigade used AoS' with a green background, as in 8th armoured division, they were the second armoured brigade.

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    They were the Senior Regiment at that time.

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    Jup,.. most pictures of Sherman III's I've seen in the book I mentioned before, do have .50's, if they have a machine gun mounted...

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