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Re: Sherman Calliope and Sherman Flame

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  • napalm@usa.net
    ... The flamers were available on D-Day AFAIK, numbers had to be small tho - I d guess similar to the Churchill crocs - no more than 60. Calliopes were
    Message 1 of 4 , May 1, 2001
      --- In G104@y..., jean_sabatay@h... wrote:
      > Dear all,
      >
      > Do you know when where the Sherman equipped with Calliope (rocket
      > launchers) and Sherman Flame (with flamethrowers) first used on the
      > ETO, by which units they were used, and in which number ?

      The flamers were available on D-Day AFAIK, numbers had to be small
      tho - I'd guess similar to the Churchill crocs - no more than 60.

      Calliopes were certainly around by December 44 - they were used in
      the Ardennes. I seem to remember they were quite new at that point.
      Again, limited numbers - both these units are very specialist.

      Sorry couldnt give any more details.

      Andy
    • khall@wayward.co.uk
      ... Only 4 Sherman flame throwers were used in the European Theatre. They were a great success and the troops asked for more, but they were not forthcoming.
      Message 2 of 4 , May 2, 2001
        > The flamers were available on D-Day AFAIK, numbers had to be small
        > tho - I'd guess similar to the Churchill crocs - no more than 60.

        Only 4 Sherman flame throwers were used in the European Theatre.
        They were a great success and the troops asked for more, but they
        were not forthcoming.

        The rest were used by the Marines in the Pacific.

        Someone should be able to fill in more details, if not, I'll dig up
        the material when I get back home.

        Ken.
      • napalm@usa.net
        ... small ... Weren t there two types of flamers - one was a field fitted self contained f/t that replaced the bow MG and the other was the bigger one used in
        Message 3 of 4 , May 3, 2001
          --- In G104@y..., khall@w... wrote:
          >
          > > The flamers were available on D-Day AFAIK, numbers had to be
          small
          > > tho - I'd guess similar to the Churchill crocs - no more than 60.
          >
          > Only 4 Sherman flame throwers were used in the European Theatre.
          > They were a great success and the troops asked for more, but they
          > were not forthcoming.
          >
          > The rest were used by the Marines in the Pacific.

          Weren't there two types of flamers - one was a field fitted self
          contained f/t that replaced the bow MG and the other was the bigger
          one used in the PTO? The latter was more akin to the Crocs.

          I've had this discussion before- have to drag it out...

          Andy
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