Author Topic: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles  (Read 36754 times)

Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #135 on: July 11, 2019, 04:54:36 AM »
Again, thatís rather cool! At first glance, you think itís a Sexton but then you notice the partially riveted hull, the somewhat different side profile and most obviously, the M3 side doors. Itís not a simple conversion either, having a rebuilt hull and upgraded, later style Sherman VVSS. Iím sure the interior was significantly altered as well.

Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #136 on: July 11, 2019, 07:49:14 AM »
So far, the little bit Iíve been able to learn about this chopped Sherman is that it was a one off test vehicle, produced sometime between 1958 and 1965. Tom Gannon mentions it in a couple of his books but didnít have accessed or publishing rights to the few known photos of it. It was built in one of the IDFís major repair facilities and named Degem Yod after the facilityís commander, Major Yitzhak Jakobson.

The best guess is that it simply wasnít judged to be a cost effective conversion.

Still, it demonstrates that it would be possible to build a lower hull Sherman with a high degree of validity. Since Iím a Sherman fan, this looks like a great Whif World project for me!

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Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #137 on: July 11, 2019, 08:06:51 AM »
So far, the little bit Iíve been able to learn about this chopped Sherman is that it was a one off test vehicle, produced sometime between 1958 and 1965. Tom Gannon mentions it in a couple of his books but didnít have accessed or publishing rights to the few known photos of it. It was built in one of the IDFís major repair facilities and named Degem Yod after the facilityís commander, Major Yitzhak Jakobson.

The best guess is that it simply wasnít judged to be a cost effective conversion.

Still, it demonstrates that it would be possible to build a lower hull Sherman with a high degree of validity. Since Iím a Sherman fan, this looks like a great Whif World project for me!

THat is the information I gathered from the thread over on Armorama as well. I still have not heard back from Sabinga about what book more information on the chopped Sherman is in. It would be cool to do as a one-off pressed into service during the 6-Day War to shore up an under strength alongside M50's.

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Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #138 on: July 11, 2019, 09:14:27 AM »
Of course, & I'm very sure Logan's aware of this, the M10, M18 & M36 were all tank destroyers, not tanks, &, as such, were designed for a different fighting style to the M4, so were able to dispense with the turret basket much more easily, & were less heavily armoured, so didn't require the power provided by the aero-radial.


I'm figuring it's a unique & relatively unknown modification, so I'd be tempted to do it RW, based on the photo's you have, & plonk it onto a competition table of other M4's & watch the hackles rise. ;D
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Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #139 on: July 11, 2019, 10:37:07 AM »
And going into pedantic JMN mode, the M36 and M18 both have partial turret baskets, with the M36 having a vaguely similar design to wet stowage Shermans. I included the M10/M36 and M18 as a relative size comparison with a lowered Sherman even though they arenít technically tanks.

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Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #140 on: July 11, 2019, 11:19:42 AM »
The Yeramba was an Australian self-propelled howitzer built after the end of the Second World War in the late-1940s. They were produced by mounting the 25 pounder gun howitzer on an American M3A5 Grant tank hull:


There is still an existing Yeramba at the Armour Museum at Puckapunyal:











There is an article about how to construct a Yeramba here: http://mheaust.com.au/Aust/gallery/Yeramba/Yeramba.htm

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Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #141 on: July 11, 2019, 09:37:01 PM »
Of course, & I'm very sure Logan's aware of this, the M10, M18 & M36 were all tank destroyers, not tanks, &, as such, were designed for a different fighting style to the M4, so were able to dispense with the turret basket much more easily, & were less heavily armoured, so didn't require the power provided by the aero-radial.

I'm figuring it's a unique & relatively unknown modification, so I'd be tempted to do it RW, based on the photo's you have, & plonk it onto a competition table of other M4's & watch the hackles rise. ;D

Exactly. They weren't supposed to be fighting from the move, either, but from pre-selected ambush positions. That's also why they weren't equipped with gyro-stabilizers. Under those conditions, a turret basket is-if anything-a greater inconvenience. In fact, they cut away large portions of the M4 Sherman's turret basket for that very reason. To get at ammunition better.

And going into pedantic JMN mode, the M36 and M18 both have partial turret baskets, with the M36 having a vaguely similar design to wet stowage Shermans. I included the M10/M36 and M18 as a relative size comparison with a lowered Sherman even though they arenít technically tanks.

True, but the point is that they protrude into the hull less than the original M4's design.

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: M3 Lee/Grant and M4 Sherman Family of Vehicles
« Reply #142 on: July 12, 2019, 07:51:08 AM »
Wombat, I think one would look good with a display of other IDF Shermans and really confuse people.

Rickshaw, thank you for posting the additional photos of the Yeramba!