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Don’t Be A Dope VI

An illustration from the “Don’t be a Dope!” series was included in the M36 tank destroyer technical manual.

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M36B2 Tank Destroyer Rear Deck

Top view of the rear engine deck of the M36B2 tank destroyer from TM 9-745: 90-mm Gun Motor Carriage M36B2, War Department Technical Manual, July 1945:

M36 Tank Destroyer Rear Deck

A-GUN TRAVELING LOCK
B-LIFTING HOOKS
C-LEFT TAILLIGHT
D-ENGINE COMPARTMENT DOORS
E-ENGINE COMPARTMENT LEFT COVER PLATE
F-LEFT WATER EXPANSION TANK FILLER CAP COVER
G-LEFT FUEL TANK FILLER CAP COVER
H-FIRE EXTINGUISHER EXTERIOR PULL HANDLES
J-LEFT (LC) ENGINE LUBRICATING OIL TANK FILLER CAP COVER
 K-RIGHT (LA) ENGINE LUBRICATING OIL TANK FILLER CAP COVER
L-AUXILIARY GENERATOR FUEL TANK FILLER CAP COVER
M-RIGHT WATER EXPANSION TANK FILLER CAP COVER
N-RIGHT FUEL TANK FILLER CAP COVER
P-ENGINE COMPARTMENT RIGHT COVER PLATE
Q-ENGINE COMPARTMENT REAR COVER PLATE
R-RIGHT TAILLIGHT

 

M36 Tank Destroyer Armament

Summary of the armament of the M36 “Jackson” tank destroyer from the M36B1 technical manual TM 9-748: 90-mm Gun Motor Carriage M36B1, War Department Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, Washington D.C., January, 1945.

ARMAMENT CHARACTERISTICS

a. The armament on the 90-mm Gun Motor Carriage M36B1 is employed chiefly against enemy tanks and other ground objectives. The 90-mm Gun M3 is mounted in the turret. The turret can be traversed 360 degrees manually or by a hydraulic traversing mechanism. The 90-mm gun can be elevated 30 degrees and depressed 10 degrees.

M36 B1 Gun Motor Carriage

90-mm Gun Motor Carriage M36B1 - Three-quarter Right Front View

b. The cal. .30 machine gun in the front of the gun motor carriage on the right side is elevated and depressed manually, and fired by a conventional trigger. Refer to FM 23-50 for complete information on its operation.

M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer

90-mm Gun Motor Carriage M36B1 - Three-quarter Right Rear View

c. The cal. .50 machine gun is employed chiefly against enemy aircraft and is elevated and traversed manually, and fired by a conventional trigger. The machine gun can be traversed independently of the turret. Refer to FM 23-65 for the complete information on its operation.

Turret .50 Caliber Machine Gun

Cal. .50, HB, Machine Gun - Stowage Position

 

M36 External Travel Lock

Details of the external gun traveling lock mounted on the rear of the M36 “Jackson” tank destroyer from the M36B1 technical manual TM 9-748: 90-mm Gun Motor Carriage M36B1, War Department Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, Washington D.C., January, 1945. The travel lock was mounted on the rear engine deck, and the turret was traversed to the rear for extended travel. The travel lock latch is mounted off center and latches through a slot in the travel lock.

M36 B1 External Gun Travel Lock

GUN TRAVELING LOCK

a. Description. The gun traveling lock is hinged to brackets mounted on the rear engine compartment cover plate. To release the gun from the gun traveling lock, pull down on the release ring and, at the same time, raise the gun. To lock the gun in the gun traveling lock, hold the gun traveling lock jaws in a halfway open position and, at the same time, lower the gun into the gun traveling lock.

b. Replacement. Drive the lock pin from the right-hand side of each bracket. Drive both hinge pins from the brackets and remove the gun traveling lock. Position the gun traveling lock in the brackets and install the two hinge pins, making sure the lock pin hole in the hinge pin is in line with the lock pin hole in each bracket. Install the lock pin in each bracket.