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9600Historic Sherman from TF Baum to be Preserved

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  • Hanno Spoelstra
    May 11, 2013
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      See 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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