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Newbie question: Sherman turret stowage

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 13, 2023 11:42 PM

As built, the 75mm gun tank turrets had tie down points on the rear of the turret bustle. That was originally for the vehicle tarp according to the manual, but crews would hang other items there. 

 

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, July 13, 2023 10:52 AM

They also strung wire from lifting hooks and had maintenance crews weld footman loops and other items like that.

The maintenance crews also welded worn out track blocks as extra armor or plates of armor.

  • Member since
    March 2023
Newbie question: Sherman turret stowage
Posted by NitroHemi on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 5:49 PM

Hi. I'm working on my first kit in 50 years, Tamiya's M4A3 (75) Sherman. Wartime photos of Shermans and many models frequently show a lot of stuff hanging on turrets. My question is, what were all the backpacks, helmets, etc, hanging onto? Photos of turrets on the Sherman Minutia website show the turret sides to be relatively smooth except for sometimes a lift ring. Did Sherman crews in the field weld hooks or some other devices to their turrets so they could have a place to hang things?      

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