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2 inch M3 (smoke) mortars in Shermans


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Most if not all Sherman tank varients had a 2" smoke mortar built into the tanks turret front. Supply of 2" smoke varied from as low as 12 rounds for an M4(105)Sherman, All the way up to 27 rounds for the Firefly VC.

Also noticed the U.K. Achilles Tank Destroyer had this smoke mortar along with 36 rounds !

My question is. Were these internaly mounted smoke mortars used to provide those tanks with a smoke screen of some sorts in an emergency situation ? ...

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