Illustration showing the Valentine tank modified with a short track for towing, from the WW2 Russian manual.
Reminders about the flak suit and flak helmet, from Bombardiers’ Information File, U.S. War Department, March 1945:
Flak suits consist of armored vest and apron assemblies. They are not personal issue, but they should be delivered to the plane before the flight and picked up afterward for inspection. You couldn’t carry one anyway, with everything else you’re lugging. Report to the pilot if you don’t find a flak suit in the plane for you.
Wear the suit when you approach the target area. It’s heavy but it’s guaranteed that you won’t notice the weight when the fight begins to get hot.
Note: Ask your Personal Equipment Officer to have a tab sewed on your flak suit for your oxygen mask hose clip.
The flak helmet is personal issue. If you have worn both your flak suit and flak helmet on the mission, you have a good chance of returning the helmet to the supply room personally after the flight.
Two new 1/35th-scale Axis armor kits from Dragon Models: No. 6639: 1/35 Pz.Kpfw. III (5cm) Ausf. G, Sd.Kfz. 141, Early Production and No. 6767: 1/35 Imperial Japanese Army Type 95 Light Tank “Ha-Go” Early Production.
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Front and side views of the Valentine Tank (officially “Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine”) from the WW2 Russian manual. The Valentine was supplied in large numbers to the Red Army.
Valentine Tank: Side View
Valentine Tank:Front View
Rare color photograph of a camouflaged Panzer IV knocked out in Normandy in 1944. From the markings and camouflage, the Panzer IV appears to be from the German Panzer Lehr Division. U.S. Air Force Photo.
Drawing of the proper method of track repair on the Russian SU-100 tank destroyer — from the Russian vehicle manual.
New WWII 1/35th armor kit announcement from Dragon — Kit No. 6565: 1/35th Flakpanzer IV Ausf. G “Wirbelwind” Early Production with Zimmerit.
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Diagram of M4A2 Sherman tank ammunition storage from TM 9-731B: Medium Tank M4A2, War Department Technical Manual, Washington, January 13, 1943.
Figure 8A--Ammunition Stowage
|AMMUNITION|| ||STOWAGE POSITION|
|97 rounds 75 mm|
10% WP (smoke)
| ||15 rounds–Left sponson forward of water can rack.|
17 rounds–Right sponson next to assistant driver.
15 rounds–Right sponson forward of engine compartment bulkhead.
30 rounds–On floor under turret basket to rear of escape door.
8 rounds–On turret “ready” rack floor.
12 rounds–In ready clips around turret basket step.
|300 rounds caliber .50|
| ||150 rounds–In three 50-round boxes right sponson next to assistant driver.|
150 rounds–In three 50-round boxes strapped to turret floor.
|6750 rounds caliber .30|
| ||4500 rounds–In eighteen 250-round expendable boxes under turret basket to rear of driver.|
1750 rounds–In seven 250-round expendable boxes, on turret floor under 75 mm gun.
230 rounds–One 250-round expendable box on “ready” rack of bow gun.
250 rounds–In one 250-round expendable box on “ready” rack of turret machine gun.
|660 rounds caliber .45|| ||660 rounds–In twenty-two 30-round clips in submachine gun bracket above turret radio.|
|12 grenades, hand|
4 fragmentation M2.
2 thermite, incendiary. 4 smoke.
2 offensive M3 w/fuze, detonation, hand grenade, M6.
| ||4 fragmentation, 2 offensive and 2 smoke in box under 75 mm gunner’s seat.|
2 smoke and 2 thermite in box, left side turret wall.