Re: Hi all!
- At 21:13 21-05-1999 -0400, you wrote:
>From: Geoff Winnington-Ball <whiskey@...>Geoff, the cunning Canadian - first he thinks the world of you, then he
>Hanno, you realize you're well on the way to becoming the world's expert
>on Shermans? I'm sure you do. :-)
gives you a punch below the belt to see if you're for real:
>Now I have a question for you... were the M4A4s supplied to the BritishAlthough there were considerable differences between the Lee and the Grant,
>and Canadians outfitted specifically for us at the factory, or were they
>'generic' stowage configurations? I refer to the bracketry inside - I
>hasten to admit I've never been in an A4 - but it occurs to me that the
>radio, intercom and other such amenities were unique. Were these added
>by the receiving parties, or did the factories tailor these vehicles by
as far as I know the Commonwealth stowage for Shermans did not differ hugely
from US stowage. Indeed I think stowage changes were largely done at the
receiving depots, sometimes even by the receiving units. This is nicely
endorsed by George Varley, veteran of the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards:
"Due to some difficulties with the North Atlantic convoys the new [M4A1] DD
Shermans were extremely late in arriving, and therefore were routed straight
to the user regiments instead of being prepared at the large Army Ordnance
Depot near Liverpool. We worked night and day to get the new Shermans ready,
and finished only a few hours to spare before we had to embark. One of the
tasks we faced was to rip out the American tank radio installation
(beautiful SCR-508 transceivers) and throw them away in order to install our
own British '19' tank radio sets. It broke my heart to see the SCR-508s
being hurled unceremoniously into the nearby ditch."
After being used for training American troops in the US, some 1,600 Sherman
Vs were specifically rebuilt at Chrysler for the British. Macleod Ross in
"The Business of tanks 1933 to 1945" (Ilfracombe: Arthur H. Stockwell Ltd.,
1976) mentions some of the modifications carried out on British demand, but
I do not have that book available anymore. Maybe someone else can fill this in?
- At 21:46 21-05-1999 CDT, you wrote:
>From: "John Bell" <jab56@...>All I can think of is that this was some sort of dummy Crab?
>i saw in a magazine once with a sherman outfitted with 2 metal rods comeing
>out the front about the width of the sherman. in the middle of these two
>rods was what looked to be an oildrum with chains on it.
>now on the back ofAccording to Chamberlain & Ellis in "British and American tanks of WW II"
>the same sherman was a trailer witch it said was a"crocodile fuel trailer"
>you ever heard of this?
the British converted four Shermans with British Crocodile equipment for US
in NW Europe in late 1944. They were used by the US 2nd Armored Division.
- what is crocodile equip.?
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- At 11:14 22-05-1999 CDT, you wrote:
>From: "John Bell" <jab56@...>The Churchill Crocodile was equipped with flame thrower equipment. So
>what is crocodile equip.?
'Crocodile equipment' was flame thrower equipment.