I freshly received the book "Sherman in the Pacific war" by Raymond Giuliani from Histoire&Collections. It's a beautiful book with some 320 pictures of all kinds of Shermans, M4, A1, A2, A3, no A4 though. What strikes me is, they all have the 75mm gun. Were there no Shermans with 76mm gun deployed to the PTO? Obviously, considering the likely opponents, there was no need for this kind of gun, but is it true? I also saw no 105mm howitzer version, only flame tanks.
Any input appreciated.
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Post by petersmith on Jan 15, 2017 21:13:49 GMT -5
The principal advantage of the 76 over the 75 was armour penetration, not exactly necessary in PTO as the 75 could over-match any fielded Japanese tank. The HE round for the 76 offered no advantage over the 75. The longer barrel might have been a disadvantage in jungle country. With 76's in great demand in ETO there was no reason for any to ever be directed to PTO. That might have changed had the Home Islands ever been invaded and the few bigger-gun Jap tanks manufactured and reserved for home defence ever come into play.
Out of interest, does that book show any M4's fitted with a mine plough? I found reference to 100 or so T5E3 devices being shipped to PTO in '44 but the only photo I can find is what looks like the Ordnance prototype. It fitted to the normal dozer mounts, but had a V blade with long tines (teeth) and rounded "wings" out beyond the mounting arms.