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steveharding
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posted 2/22/2012 1:39:33 PM    Click here to view the profile for steveharding  Click here to email steveharding  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I need to find out if Jack Lee, the C.O. of the 23rd's Co. B, was equipped with a M4A3 (76mm) Shermans and, if so, if there is any kind of official after-action report (not unit history) for its loss on May 5, 1945.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 2/24/2012 3:01:41 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Steve, On a hunch, I Googled:

Stephen Harding and 23d Tank Battalion.

I found your excellent article, written for the World War II Magazine (August-September, 2008) entitled The Battle for Castle Itter. I have read
at least one other account of this action, and yours is the
most complete and the best.

I note that you reference a Saturday Evening Post
article written by Meyer Levin in July, 1945. Are there other references that you used?

I looked at the History of the 23d Tank Battalion on this
website. There is a picture of a tank on page (68?) and
perhaps you can tell whether it had a 76mm gun. If it did,
then it is likely that Lee had this kind of tank at Itter.
If not, then it may have been earlier in the war and it was
a different model.

I suggest you contact John Critzas who was a gunner in
Sherman (from the 714th Tank Battalion). He could make
an informed guess as to what kind of tank Lt. Lee had.

the12tharmored@aol.com

Also, you can contact the Unit Rep to the Hellcat News.
Geoff Lackey: lackeys@charter.net
931 223 8554

The Unit Historian is a veteran:
James Francis: 925 988 0709
francis.james@comcast.net

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

harry
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posted 6/7/2012 4:05:44 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry  Click here to email harry  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
DIDN'T FIND ANY DIRECT MENTION TO A LOSS OF TANK. SAID ONE OVERTURNED ON BRIDGE BUT WAS SAVED.aLL 75 AND 76MM WAS TO BE TURNED OVER TO 36TH EXCEPT 25 rounds per vehicle. Task Force Lee was mentioned but will have to keep looking for any tank he may have lost.

harry
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posted 6/7/2012 4:48:08 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry  Click here to email harry  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
further reading found that there are three versions of what happened. His tank was hit and all eight men made it back into Castle.Interesting story! I will see what else I can find.Did look through after action reports. And read a story on history of 23rd.