Instructions for replacing the final-drive assembly on the M4 Sherman tank, from Army Motors, Vol. 6, No. 2, Maintenance Division, Office, Chief of Ordnance, May 1945.
Replacing M4 Tank Final-Drive Assemblies
Time was when M4 medium tanks with damaged power trains had to run home to mother for mending–like little apple-filchers with buckshot in their final drive assemblies. Now, when your M4-series job (or related gun or howitzer motor carriage) has something more like dribble where the drive should be, you don’t have to pack it off to some 4th-echelon tank hospital for a slow cure. Instead, you can put in a whole new controlled differential and transmission final-drive assembly right there in the field, according to TB ORD 275.
Four of these assemblies, complete with everything but whistles, have at last been made authorized items of issue for lower echelon installation. They are:
— 1-piece differential housing, single-anchor-brake type, Ord. Part No. A5700061, Official Stock No. G104-5700061.
— 1-piece differential housing, double-anchor-brake type, Ord. Part No. A5700062, Official Stock No. G104-5700062 (Fig. 1).
— 3-piece differential housing, single-anchor-brake type, Ord. Part A5700060, Official Stock No. G104-5700060 (Fig. 2).
— 3-piece differential housing, double-anchor-brake type, Ord. Part No. A57000196, Official Stock No. G104-57000196.
They’ll be assembled at your favorite base shop or Ordnance supply depot from parts and housings already in stock or made available through cannibalization. No important difference between any of them, and they’re all yours for the asking.
All you have to do is install ’em and send back the has-beens. But remember that the whole system will break down if you don’t send back complete assemblies. Only the final-reduction sub-assemblies (A294625) should be removed from a damaged unit before its sent to the rear for reconditioning.
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An illustration from the “Don’t be a Dope!” series was included in the M36 tank destroyer technical manual.
Diagram of the armament and ammunition storage of the M3 Medium Tank. (Source: TM 9-750: Ordnance Maintenance, Medium Tanks M3, M3A1, and M3A2, Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, May 1942.)
Diagram of the M19 Twin 40-mm Gun Motor Carriage, from Technical Manual TM 9-1729A, U.S. War Department, 1944.
AFV Club has announced a new WWII-era 1/35th-scale armor kit depicting a variant of the Russian T-34/85 produced in 1944 with a full interior — AF35S55: T-34/85 1944 FACTORY 183.
Diagram of Valentine tank bogie wheels from the WW2 Russian manual.
Diagrams of the M26 armored tractor from TM 9-767: 40-Ton Tank Transporter Truck-Trailer M25, War Department Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, February 1944. The M25 Tank Transporter, nicknamed the “Dragon Wagon,” was a heavy tank transporter and tank recovery vehicle used in World War II. The M25 was composed of the M26 6×6 armored tractor and M15 40-ton trailer.
Summary of M4 SHerman tank characteristics from the training booklet Tracked Vehicle Chassis Units, The Armored School, Fort Knox.
MEDIUM TANK, M4 SERIES
2. DESCRIPTION. a. Characteristics
76-mm Gun, M1A1
2 cal .30 machine guns
1 cal .50 machine guns
71 rds 76-mm
6250 rds cal .30
660 rds cal .50
Fire Control Equipment:
Periscope, M10 or M4A1
Elevation Quadrant, M9
Gunner’s Quadrant, M1
Periscopes, M6 (4 each)
Ford, 500 HP @ 2800 rpms
Model GAN, V-8
Synchromesh, 5 speeds forward and 1 reverse
23″ steel chevron, rubber backed, double pin, T80
23″ rubber chevron, double pin, T84
Height, 124 7/8″
Combat loaded, 71,175 lbs
Illustration of the shell labels and markings for the ammunition of the M10 tank destroyer 3-inch main gun. Source: TM 9-731G: 3-Inch Gun Motor Carriage M10A1, War Department Technical Manual, July 1943.
Description and performance data for the M26 armored tractor from TM 9-767: 40-Ton Tank Transporter Truck-Trailer M25, War Department Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, February 1944. The M25 Tank Transporter, nicknamed the “Dragon Wagon,” was a heavy tank transporter and tank recovery vehicle used by the U.S. Army during World War II.
40-TON TANK TRANSPORTER TRUCK-TRAILER M25
a. The 40-ton, Tank Transporter Truck-trailer M25 is designed for use in recovering a piece of damaged materiel and transporting it to a place where necessary repairs can be accomplished. The M25 unit consists of the tractor truck (M26) and semitrailer (M15), the semitrailer being coupled to the tractor by means of a fifth wheel on the tractor, which automatically locks the trailer to the tractor. Air brakes on the trailer wheels and lighting equipment on the trailer are connected to the tractor air and lighting systems by means of air hose and a jumper cable (carried on the trailer). The trailer air brakes and lights are controlled by the driver of the tractor. The trailer air brakes are automatically set in case the trailer is accidentally, or purposely, disconnected from the tractor.
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