New Pictures from US Army- Germany
Posted in the Files:Surviving_Shermans: Germany are several new
photos I was able to take this week while visiting the 1st Armor
Division Museum in Baumholder, Germany.
Dan Peterson, Museum Director, was very gracious and helpful. (he's
also put me on the trail of several other M4's in Europe, one of
which is in running condition and is operated by one of the Armor
Battlions in the Division)
Info on some of the Shermans and variants as follows:
M4A3- Serial number stamped on the rear tow points- 49047.
Registration # painted on the side- 3033859
M7B2- Korean era veteran. Registration #- 40152257
M3- rare, orginally found in Australia. Serial number stamped on the
rear tow points- 4559. Registration #- 209132
M10- Registration #- 40162837
M4A1- Registration #- 3039572
M32- no info
There are no data plates for any of the vehicles and the museum is in
the long process of sand-blasting, repainting, and trying to
determine exact serial numbers, etc of all their AFV's. Over 50
years of paint on some of them makes identification of numbers
impossible. Also, it is not certain if the registration numbers on
the sides of the vehicles is accurate.
The Director extends his invitation to the group to contact him if he
can be of any further assistance. The web site for the museum is:
Enjoy, gentlemen. I hope I got most of it right. :-)
- Excellent work Chaplain!
Based on the info Joe DeMarco and I have complied, here's what we know about
> M4A3- Serial number stamped on the rear tow points- 49047.This is a M4A3(75)W built by Fisher Tank Arsenal in April, 1944. By our
> Registration # painted on the side- 3033859
reckoning the R/N should be 3081644. The number you give might have been
taken off a Detroit Tank Arsenal M4A3(76).
> M7B2- Korean era veteran. Registration #- 40152257Our data shows that this was built by Pressed Steel Car. For that R/N, the
S/N ought to be 53389. (There weren't 50,000 M7s made, this was just the
assigned S/N range. It might have been an amended Sherman contract.)
> M3- rare, orginally found in Australia. Serial number stamped on theBuilt by Detroit Tank Arsenal, July, 1942, R/N 3058150, but if it was a
> rear tow points- 4559. Registration #- 209132
Lend-Lease vehicle this number might never have been painted on it. In any
case, all American tank registrations began with "30" (vs. Gun Motor
Carriages which started "40"), so this may have been the Australian number.
> M10- Registration #- 40162837No conclusive info. I'll have to dig a bit more when I get home tonight.
> M4A1- Registration #- 3039572This comes up a Pullman Standard M4 or M4A2, S/N 31042 . . . 30_6_9572,
however, was M4A1 S/N 36975 built by Pressed Steel Car.
I'll open this up to discussion. . . Once it settles down, we'll pass this
info and anything new on to Mr. Peterson.