M10 Tank Destroyer Ammunition

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.

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M10 Ammunition Stowage Diagram

Diagram of ammunition stowage in the M10 tank destroyer, from TM 9-731G: 3-Inch Gun Motor Carriage M10A1, War Department Technical Manual, July 1943.

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Destroyed Marder III

German Marder III Destroyed in Italy during World War 2

Allied soldiers examine a Marder III destroyed on the road to Rome in Italy during WW2. (USAF Photo)


 

M10 Tank Destroyer Cross-Section

Longitudinal cross-section drawing of the M10 tank destroyer from TM 9-731G: 3-Inch Gun Motor Carriage M10A1, War Department Technical Manual, July 1943.

M10 Tank Destroyer Longitudinal Cross-Section Drawing

 

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

 

Tank Destroyer vs. King Tiger

Two photographs of Tiger IIs destroyed by the 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion from “The Employment of Four Tank Destroyer Battalions in the ETO,” The Armored School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, May 1950.

Destroyed Tiger II --  Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. B Königstiger

Tank knocked out by 823rd TD Battalion (equipped with 3-inch towed guns) shows ineffectiveness of hits on front glacis plate of Tiger II. At a range of 500 yards, frontal hits merely gouged out armor and ricocheted off. A track hit only partially severed the track, which did break completely as the tank attempted to back up.

Knocked-out King Tiger (Panzer VI, Tiger II Destroyed, 1944)

Two rounds in same hole on side of tank knocked out by 1st Platoon, Company A, 823rd TD Battalion.

At least one of these Tiger II is from schwere Panzer Abteilung 506 (sPzAbt. 506) and was lost near Freialdenhoven, Germany.
 

607th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Nice set of photographs of the 607th TD Battalion in the ETO during WWII showing U.S. and German equipment including destroyed Panther tanks: 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion

The unit history of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion is also online on the website of the 90th Division Association: History of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion