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StrelaCarbon #1 Posted Oct 09 2012 - 23:43

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Found a reference to a "T105 Sherman Rocket launcher" while reading. Apparently, this version had a 7.2 inch rocket launcher in place of the main gun.

Looked it up and found this picture:

http://ww2photo.se/t...ed/m4/03897.jpg

Maybe this is the American counterpart to the Sturmtiger?

EDIT: I believe this is the rocket we're looking for
http://en.wikipedia....molition_Rocket

Edited by StrelaCarbon, Oct 10 2012 - 00:08.


Legiondude #2 Posted Oct 09 2012 - 23:45

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Nothing is a counterpart to the Sturmtiger :Smile-playing:

SuperJaws100 #3 Posted Oct 09 2012 - 23:45

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Sturmtiger fired a rocket-proppeled Mortar

FCM_2C_Jesus #4 Posted Oct 09 2012 - 23:47

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View PostStrelaCarbon, on Oct 09 2012 - 23:43, said:

Found a reference to a "T105 Sherman Rocket launcher" while reading. Apparently, this version had a 7.2 inch rocket launcher in place of the main gun.

Looked it up and found this picture:

http://ww2photo.se/t...ed/m4/03897.jpg

Maybe this is the American counterpart to the Sturmtiger?

it looks like it could only fire 1 shell.

Which is right, since they made 40,000 of them.

Beowolff #5 Posted Oct 09 2012 - 23:51

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that's an interesting Sherman variant.  certainly i understand what you mean't by your comparison... ie not trying to say it was exactly the SAME, but merely speaking in generalistic terms of two powerful machines of war.

again, nice pickup on the unusual variant...a 7.2 inch rocket is a BIG arsed rocket and must have packed a heck of a punch.  wonder how good it performed?

thanks for the pic.

Beo

ysoignorant #6 Posted Oct 09 2012 - 23:53

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Oh no, not another pesky derp-sherman! I hate them ruining my day when I use my T-150. :(

StrelaCarbon #7 Posted Oct 09 2012 - 23:59

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View Posteat3reat3r, on Oct 09 2012 - 23:47, said:

it looks like it could only fire 1 shell.

Which is right, since they made 40,000 of them.

Are you talking about the whole launcher barrel only being able to be used once?

View PostBeowolff, on Oct 09 2012 - 23:51, said:

that's an interesting Sherman variant.  certainly i understand what you mean't by your comparison... ie not trying to say it was exactly the SAME, but merely speaking in generalistic terms of two powerful machines of war.

again, nice pickup on the unusual variant...a 7.2 inch rocket is a BIG arsed rocket and must have packed a heck of a punch.  wonder how good it performed?

thanks for the pic.

Beo

Yeah, it is a big rocket. At first I was thinking; "how the hell would they load that from inside?" But now I assume it's muzzle loaded.

ShiningArmor101 #8 Posted Oct 10 2012 - 00:00

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View PostStrelaCarbon, on Oct 09 2012 - 23:43, said:

Found a reference to a "T105 Sherman Rocket launcher" while reading. Apparently, this version had a 7.2 inch rocket launcher in place of the main gun.

Dang....

And I thought that the Rocket Launcher T34E2 (Calliope) was brutal.... o.o;

Rocket Launcher T34E2 (Calliope) - Caliber of rockets increased from 4.5 in (114 mm) to 7.2 in (183 mm), number of tubes remains at 60. Saw combat in 1944-1945.

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Xlucine #9 Posted Oct 10 2012 - 00:31

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View PostBeowolff, on Oct 09 2012 - 23:51, said:

that's an interesting Sherman variant.  certainly i understand what you mean't by your comparison... ie not trying to say it was exactly the SAME, but merely speaking in generalistic terms of two powerful machines of war.

again, nice pickup on the unusual variant...a 7.2 inch rocket is a BIG arsed rocket and must have packed a heck of a punch.  wonder how good it performed?

thanks for the pic.

Beo

You could compare it to the british churchill AVRE, and it was planned to be used in a similar role by the americans - however the rocket was no better at destroying bunkers than the 75mm HE round, so they didn't bother using them on D-day.

_Freddy_ #10 Posted Oct 28 2012 - 16:57

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The rocket was the same as fired from this beast (which was the successor as well), the crews did not like it though as you could not open the turret hatches with it fitted and so it was replaced by the Calliope.

http://www.ibiblio.o...dfs/TM9-296.pdf

Two variants

http://warphotos.bas...m4t34fb0412.jpg

http://web.archive.o...ocketTanks.html

Edited by _Freddy_, Oct 28 2012 - 16:59.


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When you get down to it, the Calliope is the precursor or great grandfather of the MLRS system.

_Freddy_ #12 Posted Nov 07 2012 - 11:52

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View PostMagick, on Nov 06 2012 - 23:55, said:

When you get down to it, the Calliope is the precursor or great grandfather of the MLRS system.

The precursor to the vehicle mounted systems were more probably the Soviet truck mounted versions used in WW2, the US version's I posted in post 10 were used before the Calliope system.

The first of the moderm multi launch systems would probably be the German Nebelwerfers as they predated WW2 and had versions mounted on top of vehicles and as carriage mounts (as well as their Wurfrahmen side mounts).





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