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#3681 Mr King

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0602 AM

I think these are M26's


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0634 AM

Ok M26 but they still had 5 men crews I believe. What was the protocol for this kind of inspections in the US Army at the time? I think its Patton in the first half-track right? So this would be late WWII somewhere in western Europe. Could one crew member still be in the tank, the driver perhaps?

 

Added: If I'm wrong about Patton then the time could be a lot later of course but the M26 still had 5 men crews. I'm curious about that missing crew member, that's all. :D


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0646 AM

All are M4s.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0817 AM

Two very plausible reason why there are only four crew members present in front of the M4s.  1.) One crew member stayed inside to lock the hatches in the closed position.  2.) Post war and post combat, the unit is not at full strength.  It is also quite possible that the crews, such as they are, were rounded out by the occasional clerk, cook, or mechanic, for this day's inspection.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0900 AM

All are M4s.

 

I stand corrected, thanks Bojan. 


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 0919 AM

 

Why is the turret mg on the first tank in a different position than all the other tanks?

 

Same reason some have muzzle brakes and some don't?

 

 

Oh thanks. Explains a lot.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 1104 AM

 

 

Why is the turret mg on the first tank in a different position than all the other tanks?

 

Same reason some have muzzle brakes and some don't?

 

 

Oh thanks. Explains a lot.

 

 

You're welcome, I'm always happy to help :)


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 1640 PM

Two very plausible reason why there are only four crew members present in front of the M4s.  1.) One crew member stayed inside to lock the hatches in the closed position.  2.) Post war and post combat, the unit is not at full strength.  It is also quite possible that the crews, such as they are, were rounded out by the occasional clerk, cook, or mechanic, for this day's inspection.

Thanks for answering, DKTanker! :)


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 1726 PM

I was trying to think up a joke about the MG position of the frontmost tank; thankfully, I've been unsuccessful.  THAT said, it most likely just 'came that way', since I couldn't see any provision for a more forward mounting as on the other tanks.  Same for the ones lacking muzzle brakes.

STILL, someone must PAY for the lack of uniformity!  Disgraceful!


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 1953 PM

Why is the turret mg on the first tank in a different position than all the other tanks?

World War II tankers had felt that the existing antiaircraft machine gun mounts were hard to use, and it wasn't too uncommon for units to move them to handier positions. It was such an issue that in 1949 the Army Field Forces Advisory Panel on Armor noted that a requirement remained for a dual-purpose small caliber weapon "readily available to the commander" of combat vehicles, but because extant machine guns "normally cannot, because of their location, be fired by the vehicle commander personally", a "more suitable mount should be developed for the dual purpose machine gun mount on top of the tank turret." Nonetheless post-war progress was slow: in the Korean War some marines similarly moved the .50 cal MGs on their M26s to in front of the TC, and even in Vietnam machine guns were being rigged up on top of M48s' TC cupolas rather than having to use them from inside, despite the increased risk this would impose.
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Posted 11 September 2018 - 2245 PM

Ken Estes can speak on the M48 cupola MG...
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Posted 12 September 2018 - 0639 AM

Thank you DogDodger.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 0842 AM

Try THIS with rockets!

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