Re: M4A1 DD (late type) in British Service
- I posted this a short while ago on the AFV News d/g but have finally
figured how to post G104:
"All the photos I've seen of both 44 RTR and Staffordshire Yeomanry
DDs at the time of the Rhine crossing show them not be M4A1s. Hulls
don't appear to be cast on either regiment's vehicles, and the
Staffordshire Yeomanry vehicles were M4A4s (Sherman V DDs)without
doubt. Can't identify the exact model of the 44 RTR vehicles as I've
only seen head-on shots. Having said that I'm willing to be proved
wrong as you never can be sure with Shermans!
Perhaps photos of Sherman M4A1 DDs at the time of the Rhine crossing
are in fact American vehicles? "
Since posting this I've looked at all the photos I've built up on
British DDs and, taking "late type" M4A1 DDs to be those with a
turret loaders hatch, I couldn't find any - all the shots of British
M4A1s I can find are from D-Day or shortly after and seem to show
the earlier turret with no loaders hatch.
So I now wonder if the M4A1 DDs with loaders hatch were only
delivered to US tank battalions?