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Garandomatic
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posted 8/15/2016 11:19:06 AM    Click here to view the profile for Garandomatic  Click here to email Garandomatic  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello to everyone- I am a history teacher and collector, and recently picked up a uniform that belonged to a man in the 714th Tank Battalion. When possible, I also build models of the vehicles that the fellows in my collection crewed, and intend to do the same for this serviceman. He was initially assigned to a cast-hull M4A1 Sherman with a 755mm gun, then was assigned to an M4A3 with a 76mm gun.

I am pretty certain of the exact variant of the 76mm tank, but there were several versions of the 75mm M4A1. In his memoir, my serviceman has a picture of some of his Company's tanks, and they appear to be earlier M4A1s with the sort of sideways hatches that caused bulbous protrusions in the front glacis plate to accommodate them, as opposed to a more smooth glacis that you see on mid-production Direct Vision tanks.

That being known, I wondered if anybody knew whether C Co's tanks had the one piece transmission cover, or the three piece version, and if they had the early small gun mantlet or the later wide mantlet. Lot of ins and outs to these early tanks!

Finally, I have seen several markings for the 714th, an think I understand the 12th AD's markings... Most of the 714th tanks I have seen have a chevron with the company letter above it, and one to three dots below it. Do the dots refer to the platoon within the company?

Thanks for bearing with me, and thanks in advance.

harry dhans
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posted 8/16/2016 12:04:26 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/ww2-us-tanks.asp

MAYBE SOMEONE WILL PICK UP ON THESE. GOOGLE SEARCH TURNS UP MANY SITES FOR THE 714,


harry dhans
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posted 8/16/2016 12:06:55 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
UNDER bOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES THERE IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT TANKS UNDER 714

Garandomatic
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posted 8/16/2016 5:25:13 PM    Click here to view the profile for Garandomatic  Click here to email Garandomatic  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I'll check that out!

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/17/2016 5:48:13 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Also, check out the 493 Armored Field Artillery in Books and Written Experiences. See: THE TANK STORY.

I have no idea why this article was place with the artillery.
This article covers tanks in general, but there are descriptions
about some Sherman models.

Mike W.

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posted 9/6/2016 3:58:32 PM  Reply w/Quote
Picture of one of the tanks assigned at Ft Campbell

http://www.12tharmoredmuseum.com/which_page.asp?whichBook=photo&whichPage=13&max=30

http://www.12tharmoredmuseum.com/which_page.asp?whichBook=photo&whichPage=17&max=30

http://www.12tharmoredmuseum.com/which_page.asp?whichBook=photo&whichPage=21&max=30

And some from europe

http://www.12tharmoredmuseum.com/photoalbum_02.asp

http://www.12tharmoredmuseum.com/photoalbum_02.asp