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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 20:29

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The 'guest author' for this Hatch isn't a specific author at all. I'd like to welcome to our contributor pool the US National WWII Museum. For their introduction to the Hatch, they've sent us a video featuring their M4A3E9.


The National WWII Museum's M4A3 was built by Ford Motor Company in 1943. No unit markings were discovered when previous coats of paint were removed from the tank. Because the tank was manufactured in 1943, it is almost certain that it was deployed overseas during the war, although no battle damage was discovered.

When the Sherman tank arrived at the Museum in December of 2000, its engine was completely rusted and it was painted in a color appropriate to the Korean War era rather than World War II. Restoration work began in late October 2004, when the tank received a running Ford GAA engine and a new paint job. The tank was restored with the markings of an actual vehicle which served with the 2nd Armored Division, 67th Armored Regiment, 1st Battalion, D Company. The tank's nickname, "Draftee," is from a tank in the unit commanded by Staff Sergeant Julian Czekanski of Cleveland, Ohio. It was common practice in the US Army and Marine Corps to have nicknames for armored vehicles. The names typically started with the letter of the company to which the vehicle was assigned, which was D Company in this case.

Green_Ghost #2 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 21:30

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Great Video, anyone able to tell me the name of the tiny tankette? thing at  5:53?

rambryj #3 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 21:35

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View PostGreen_Ghost, on Oct 19 2012 - 21:30, said:

Great Video, anyone able to tell me the name of the tiny tankette? thing at  5:53?

Looks like a Universal Carrier, also called a Bren Gun Carrier

Rick_500 #4 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 21:38

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M4 sherman was a high performed tank but it wasn't the best tank for dealing with panthers or tigers. That is where to m18 hellcat came in.

Tigerskunk #5 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 21:40

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Love the video. Good to learn more about the tanks. Now if we could get a M4 DD to cross some of the waterways in the game. hahaha.

Cl4nkCl4nk #6 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 21:50

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Thank you very much for this link.  The video was great :Smile_Default:

Edited by Cl4nkCl4nk, Oct 19 2012 - 21:51.


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View Postrambryj, on Oct 19 2012 - 21:35, said:

Looks like a Universal Carrier, also called a Bren Gun Carrier
Thanks, that thing looked like it would be fun to drive around :Smile_popcorn1:

The_Chieftain #8 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 22:05

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View Postrambryj, on Oct 19 2012 - 21:35, said:

Looks like a Universal Carrier, also called a Bren Gun Carrier

Also looks like a German riding it, now you've brought it to my attention.

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EXCELLENT!

whitedragonking #10 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 23:07

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Oct 19 2012 - 22:05, said:

Also looks like a German riding it, now you've brought it to my attention.
lol yep that was from the bad very bad British movement to go down the main road with tank under fire.

whitedragonking #11 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 23:08

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Awesome video!
I love learning about Sherman in the pacific because they were like the tigers tanks there.

BoredSights #12 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 23:40

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Pointby #13 Posted Oct 19 2012 - 23:55

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We need to have the option to run sand bags and extra armor on our M4 Shermans!

Wulfen #14 Posted Oct 20 2012 - 00:17

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I've been to the National WWII Museum twice, now; it is nothing short of positively mind-blowing. As my little brother lives in New Orleans, I try to get down there as frequently as possible. If you're in a position to visit New Orleans GO! And DEFINITELY hit the museum - you won't regret it.

Reaver4kOR #15 Posted Oct 20 2012 - 01:59

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The biggist draw back of the sherman was its gun.  The Sherman was on par or ever better then the Panzer 4,  but the gun could not cope with the armour of the tiger and panther.  However after world war 2, isreal bought a ton of shermans and upgraded them which was a high-velocity 75 mm gun, with was a farther devlopment of the panthers main gun or the french 105mm gun, these upgrades made them effective tanks against T-54/55 and even T-62 tanks!

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Apple_Jack #16 Posted Oct 20 2012 - 02:44

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I thought the video was interesting, except for the part where the Director Ckezski (?) started talking about how "the Sherman was tasked with taking on German armor." In the OTT series Wargaming hosted, the panel of experts on American tanks were pretty unanimous that the Sherman was not an anti-tank vehicle, that was the role of the tank destroyers. The Sherman was designed as infantry support, and performed well in that regard. At least he was correct that Shermans caught fire because of poor ammunition storage and not their fuel. However, combat footage and a restored tank are always nice to see.

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View PostApple_Jack, on Oct 20 2012 - 02:44, said:

I thought the video was interesting, except for the part where the Director Ckezski (?) started talking about how "the Sherman was tasked with taking on German armor." In the OTT series Wargaming hosted, the panel of experts on American tanks were pretty unanimous that the Sherman was not an anti-tank vehicle, that was the role of the tank destroyers. The Sherman was designed as infantry support, and performed well in that regard. At least he was correct that Shermans caught fire because of poor ammunition storage and not their fuel. However, combat footage and a restored tank are always nice to see.

I have been to the museum twice and talked with one of the curators a bit last time, he even said the same when I asked him about the sherman compared to other nations vehicles, stressing its infantry support role. He also said they got it and the (c-137? 139? can't remember the name, largest plane hanging in the main entrance area) was too.

Edited by Martellus, Oct 20 2012 - 03:45.


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View PostApple_Jack, on Oct 20 2012 - 02:44, said:

In the OTT series Wargaming hosted, the panel of experts on American tanks were pretty unanimous that the Sherman was not an anti-tank vehicle, that was the role of the tank destroyers.
I hosted that, and I don't recall the guys saying it. Indeed, as Harry Yeide said, he hoped he had "demolished" that misconception. See also my Can Openers and US Guns/German Armor articles.

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About its 75: "What this gun does, mostly, is bounce off of German armor."   :Smile_veryhappy:

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View PostPanzerleiter, on Oct 20 2012 - 04:00, said:

About its 75: "What this gun does, mostly, is bounce off of German armor."   :Smile_veryhappy:
I think that's the best description of the sherman's 75 I've ever heard.




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