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Easy-Eight all the way to Berlin!
I too like the idea of discount MBT in WW2...fast, lots firepower and hot suspension. I guess you can just use hellcat or jackson for more knocking sniping.
That was actually the plan or doctrine of that time. The early Sherman with the short 75mm gun was intended to break trough enemy lines trough exploiting gabs and weak spots attacking the rear as a medium tank where as the M10 tank hunter and anti tank guns used by the infantry should eliminate enemy armor if necessary.
I'm here to make sure nobody says Firefly.
The British actually offered the Firefly to the US. But they respectfully declined.
Well when Armored Corp did testing at Aberdeen, they shot at a target at 500 yards(iirc) after 20 or shot and zero hits they gave up.
Now sure the 76mm on a easy 8 looks scary. Hell look up the actual round it fired compared to the 75mm one. but when over 80% of the things you shoot at are infantry and light vehicles, you will probably want that bigger boom of the 75mm.
The british 17 pounder (76mm) had better armor penetration with it's APCR rounds compared to the HVAP rounds from the US sherman. But not by much. They did tests on captured Panther tanks in Isigny 1944 and had comparable results. However the 75mm is often seen as anti infantry weapon but it actually was an anti tank gun.
Well it is less of a anti-tank or anti-infantry gun and more of a all purpose gun that used a lot of different ammo types. That way of thinking is probably a hold over from the M3 Lee when the turreted 37mm was the anti tank gun and the 75mm was considered for bunker busting.
Though they did shoot tanks with it, it even had it's own AP round, though it was rushed in development and lost a lot of oomph at range. there are stories of Brits taking captured German 75mm rounds and putting them into American cases.
I don't know anything about that. But when you look at the design history behind the Sherman it was always meant to use the 75mm against tanks if necessary. It's penetration values have been comparable to the Soviet 76mm. It was just not a "tank hunter". It was a medium tank. When the Sherman was first used though it was supperior to any German tank of that time.
Exactly. It was meant to go up against anything it encountered. Sure people didn't count on it going up against super armored tanks that barely worked and if you look up the numbers of those fielded and encountered are widely over represented in media.