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Mvm900 #1 Posted Jun 09 2018 - 05:42

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Why on Earth do some M4 Sherman tanks have that square on the side where the ammo rack is? It doesn't.. move. It doesn't seem to provide anything for the tank. It's literally just a target. Some even have another square near the midsection where there's another ammo rack, and this doesn't seem to be in any M4A1s, which are more rounded anyway. 

 

Edit: M4A1's have this too sometimes. 

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The_Illusive_Man #2 Posted Jun 09 2018 - 06:17

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According to this (https://tanks.gg/tan...model?vm=visual) that is not in the game... So not sure what you are talking about...

 

Edit: Oh, you mean in real life... Its more than likely due to prototyping.


Edited by The_Illusive_Man, Jun 09 2018 - 06:23.


Rides_with_Death #3 Posted Jun 09 2018 - 06:29

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didnt the chieftain cover that in his video about that tank?

ToothDecay #4 Posted Jun 09 2018 - 06:30

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That was actually extra armor for the driver and bow gunner.

Mvm900 #5 Posted Jun 09 2018 - 07:02

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It can't be prototype. It's on many different types, and is directly over the ammo rack. In fact, watching the chieftan vid now, the one he's standing in front of even has it. 

 

Edit: In the chieftan vid he talks about welding sheet metal over the two buldges on the FRONT of the tank. 


Edited by Mvm900, Jun 09 2018 - 07:06.


FrozenKemp #6 Posted Jun 09 2018 - 11:28

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Extra armour to protect the ammo rack. 

Worland #7 Posted Jun 10 2018 - 21:29

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Part of an early fix to mitigate ammo rack damage & fires was to weld additional armor plate over the sponson ammo racks. There is one ammo rack by the driver, hence one plate located on the left side of the tank. There are two racks behind the bow gunner, hence two plates welded on the right side of the tank.

These plates were welded on at the factory, and offered as a kit for tanks already in the field. Destroyed tanks were often cut up in the field for additional armor plate to attach to various weak spots too.  

Anlushac11 #8 Posted Jun 22 2018 - 15:54

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Early Shermans were called dry hull version and stored ammo in the side sponsons over the tracks. It didnt take the enemy long to realize ammo was stored there and it became a aiming point.

 

A quick fix was to weld armor patch panels over the sides where the ammo racks were to theoretically make it harder to penetrate. This did not work as it became a aiming point for enemy gunners. Another quick fix was to weld on a second armor patch panel to confuse enemy gunners as to which panel to aim at.  You can also find photos of cast hull Shermans with the armor patch panels added to the casting.

 

Early 1944 the wet hull version was introduced and the ammo was removed from the sponsons and moved to armored storage bins on the floor which had water jackets around the ammo. The theory was that if the ammo storage bin was penetrated and ignited water would rush in the hole and smother the flames.



Nobel_Wolf #9 Posted Aug 09 2018 - 18:51

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sherman tanks the hot boxes of ww2 still love em




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