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John Kettler

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The other night, brother George, who delights in driving me nuts with grog tests I generally fail abysmally, sent me a couple of pics from Zaloga's NORDWIND Osprey. For once, I got one mostly right. Page 87 shows one (likely a second but not much visible) original pattern Sherman M4A1 75 (narrow M34 mantlet), in a configuration so old it's got the Grant suspension. He was dumbfounded by the discovery. I got the basics correct, but had nothing to say about the suspension. We're talking the very same model I discussed elsewhere with reference to the lack of magnified gunner's optics.  My bet is it was retained for the HE clout the 76 mm armed tanks didn't have. The tanks are in front of a nicely damaged (good tutorial) two story house.

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John Kettler

 

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MikeyD,

Judging by the prisoner escorts, who are GIs, my money would be on the tanker's being American, too, though I could be wrong and can't check given the limits of the pic, my lack of image analysis tools and not the best eyesight.

Regards,

John Kettler

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If this picture was taken in Alsace-Lorraine, as the title of the book referred to suggests, then I think the presence of a British soldier would be unlikely, and the presence of a British tank even more so.

Michael

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