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9603Re: [G104] Historic Sherman from TF Baum to be Preserved

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  • Joe DeMarco
    May 11, 2013
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      >Does anyone have a reference to what these stencils would have said?

      The extensive stencils on the differential housing are not typical of WW II
      The bottom part has something about the Batteries [are] Dry.

      The top part is probably shipping code.
      If you can see "ORD II," there should be a 4 letter code before that which
      would indicate the port to which it was sent.

      To give you an idea of the stencils, I've attached a photo dated May 1956 of
      an MDAP M41 arriving at Bremerhaven.
      Just visible is "CLAY" which I would assume was the code for Bremerhaven.

      Just curious, is the smoke mortar hole on the left front of the turret
      welded up on that?

      I corresponded with a gent about Target 25 a few years back.
      He couldn't find the tank's serial number or anything conclusive that would
      indicate when it was built.
      Have you been able to find that since?

      It wouldn't be my intention to burst anyone's bubble, but I suspect the
      assault guns lost by TF Baum would have been M4(105)s with VVSS.


      From: <HL.Spoelstra@...>
      Sent: Saturday, May 11, 2013 11:58 AM
      To: <G104@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: RE: [G104] Historic Sherman from TF Baum to be Preserved

      > Shawn,
      > 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...)
      > Regards,
      > Hanno
      > Op Za, 11 mei, 2013 2:30 pm schreef Shawn Ferguson:
      >> Wish I could see the pics. Sadly though, I think this restoration will be
      >> 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
      >> See
      > http://www.com-central.net/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=16002:
      >> QUOTE
      >> 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.
      >> http://www.nachkriegsmuseum.de/wb/pages/startseite.php
      >> UNQUOTE
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