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 Post subject: US AFV Development in WW2, or, "Why the Sherman was what it
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:41 pm 
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US AFV Development in WW2, or, "Why the Sherman was what it was"
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 Post subject: Re: US AFV Development in WW2, or, "Why the Sherman was what
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:34 pm 
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Watched the whole thing. Interesting how some weapons are invented just b/c new materials/technology comes to light - then tactics developed around the new capability - or when things are invented b/c the boots on the ground want it. His machinegun example was good, new tactics for new gear vs new gear to meet tactic demands - and how the info works its way up and down.

Also why the sherman made sense for its purpose. I never knew the units didn't want the 76mm version, at least not initially the ones available were left in England.

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 Post subject: Re: US AFV Development in WW2, or, "Why the Sherman was what
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The guy talks too much. He could have said all of that in 15 minutes and gotten the point across. But yes, correct on all counts. The Sherman did in fact succeed quite well using the 75mm against everything except PzV and PzVI, and at less than 500m the PzVIE was vulnerable. The Sherman's superior mobility WAS indeed an asset and experience US tank platoons used that asset very well.

The Soviets loved the M4 for all those reasons, and the relatively low maintenance requirements, and because even non-wet stowage Shermans didn't tend to explode if they caught on fire. Apparently once a T-34 got lit up the crew abandoning would run like hell from it because of the threat of catastrophic explosion.

The Germans' best tank was the PzIV. If they could have reduced the service requirements on it then they might not have had nearly the logistical mess that they experienced in Russia.

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