9602RE: [G104] Historic Sherman from TF Baum to be Preserved
- May 11, 2013Shawn,
Here you go. You will notice it is in a typically ex-range condition,
nowhere near the condition Cobra King was in before being restored. BTW, I
think they did an excellent job on its restoration and I hope the TF Baum
Sherman is preserved rather than restored (after which it will look like
just another Sherman...)
Op Za, 11 mei, 2013 2:30 pm schreef Shawn Ferguson:
> Wish I could see the pics. Sadly though, I think this restoration will behttp://www.com-central.net/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=16002:
> more complete than Cobra King's.
> To: G104@yahoogroups.com
> From: HL.Spoelstra@...
> Date: Sat, 11 May 2013 14:18:03 +0200
> Subject: [G104] Historic Sherman from TF Baum to be Preserved
> 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
> 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
> 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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