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FM 18-18: Crew Drill, Gun Motor Carriage, M36
Field Manual, War Department, December 1944
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Section I

1. PURPOSE AND SCOPE. a. This manual is designed for the use of the platoon commander and destroyer commander in training members of the crew of the gun motor carriage M36. It is to be used as a guide to achieve orderly, disciplined, and efficient execution of action, and precision, accuracy, and speed in the service of the vehicle and weapons.

b. Procedures for the following are prescribed in FM 18-15:

(1) Combat formations.
(2) Ceremonies and field inspections.
(3) Commands.

c. Procedure for placing antiaircraft gun in action is prescribed in FM 23-65.

d. Care of the gun, causes of, and immediate action for, malfunctions of the 90-mm gun are prescribed in TM 9-374.

e. Precautions to be observed in handling misfires are prescribed in AR 750-10.

f. Duties of the automotive driver are prescribed in FM 25-10 and TM 21-301.

g. Reconnaissance procedure is prescribed in FM 18-22.

2. DESCRIPTION. The gun motor carriage M36 consists of a 90-mm gun, turret mounted, on an armored full-track vehicle. The gun has a 6,400-mil traverse, elevation from approximately minus 178 mils to plus 349 mils, and is designed for one-man (gunner) control for aiming, laying, and firing. Handling and loading of ammunition are done by the assistant gunner (loader). Details for service of the full-track vehicle are prescribed in TM 9-758.

3. TRAINING PRINCIPLE. Crew drill fixes habits of precision and speed. Strict adherence to standardized procedures during drill insures smooth teamwork in battle.

Note. For definition of military terms not defined in this manual see TM 20-205.

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