Remember, it was *intended* to be shipped in May.
It may not have been shipped until 1945 . . . As a dozer, it could’ve been used for rubble clearance and might have hit some UXO . . . Just guessing.
Ah, 1952 – When kids were encouraged to climb all over tanks and original Wehrmacht field caps were a dime a dozen J
The M47's code does have something after the LD, just like the Dozer M4A3, it just is not readable. The time priority code probably is H, I was thinking Roman numerals were being used there, since the ORDII is using Roman numerals. Attached is the 1952 photo. Now I have to wonder how a tank built in June has a May delivery code? Is there any way to figure a year out of that code? I don't see how it could be May 45, If that was the case then who blew up the front end of the tank and wore all the rubber off the front bogie wheels then discarded it as a monument by 1949?
Another odd thing about that tank, the brake access covers in the driver/BOG compartment are removed and left laying in the dvr compartment. The steering brakes behind the covers are drenched in oil. The only explanation I have for that is the tank was probably sitting in a depot after the incident that caused all the damage with the brakes locked up. Someone may have gone into the transmission to unlock the brakes to move the tank and poured oil on them to keep them from locking up again. No way of knowing when it happened though, could have been as recently as when the tank was moved to Graf from Vilseck, though I have not been able to find out when that was either.
“I” meant May 1 – 15; the code was alphabetic. For example, Jan 1-15 was “A”, Dec 16 – 31 was “Z”. (“O” and “V” weren’t used.)
On the CLAY code, there should be something after the LD, unless there was only item on the requisition. There was no “II” time designator, but as an alternative (when shipments left more frequently than twice per month) “two digits” could be used, which I take to mean Arabic numerals. The indicators were doubled “for all shipments the importance of which necessitates positive shipment in the requested period.” So, that could be May 1 -15 “and we’re serious” or maybe a blurry H . . .
Every shred of info helps with this one. The time priority indicator "I", means only May 1-15 or is it 1-15 of any month with May given as an example? That tank was built in June 44, so it was looking like late summer 44 as the likely time of arrival in the ETO. In reference to the question about post-war use of those codes, I found an Oct.52 photo showing the same type of code on the back of an M47 in Germany with 4th ID. It looks like CLAY-II-ORDII-ATC 329 LD