9600Historic Sherman from TF Baum to be Preserved
- May 11, 2013See http://www.com-central.net/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=16002:
This hulk of a 105mm howitzer armed Sherman, which was apparently one of the
three such SP arty vehicles attached to Task Force Baum when they
unsuccessfully attempted to liberate the POW camp at Hammelburg, Germany, in
late March 1945, is now at a museum. This hulk was found on the ranges at
Hammelburg training area several years ago and it appeared on the cover of
the "After the Battle" magazine about TF Baum (issue 91). After that, it was
no longer used as a hard target and was moved to the site of TF Baum's last
stand (still within the training area).
In March, the hulk was finally moved to a museum for preservation (they are
even talking about eventual restoration). The front cover still retains
original stenciling - it's hard to read and I'm not a Sherman researcher,
but it says something about closing the drain plugs. (Does anyone have a
reference to what these stencils would have said?)
This tank was commanded by T/Sgt. Charles Graham of the 10th Armored
Infantry (acting platoon leader). It was apparently knocked out by a Hetzer
tank destroyer when TF Baum was surrounded and overrun.
The tank is now located at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Nachkriegsmuseum in
Rütschenhausen, near Schweinfurt.
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