War Thunder M10 Wolverine GMC
The M10 tank destroyer was a United States tank destroyer of World War II based on the chassis of the M4 Sherman tank fitted with the 3-inch (76.2 mm) Gun M7 on a pentagonal turret. Formally 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage, M10, it was numerically the most important U.S. tank destroyer of World War II and combined a reasonably potent anti-tank weapon with a turreted platform (unlike the previous M3 GMC, whose gun was capable of only limited traverse). Despite the introduction of more-powerful types as replacements, it remained in service until the end of the war. Some of those replacements were in fact modified and/or rebuilt from the M10 itself. It was christened the Wolverine by the British, although unlike other vehicle names such as the M4 Sherman, the name was not adopted by American soldiers,who called it TD (a nickname for any tank destroyer in general) beyond its formal designation.
L’M10 è un cacciacarri USA prodotto nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale e fu basato sul telaio dell’M4 Sherman. Fu dotato di un cannone da 3 pollici (76,2 mm) Gun M7 su una torretta pentagonale. Formalmente noto come 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage, M10, esso fu, per quel periodo, numericamente il più importante cacciacarri degli Stati Uniti . Combinava una potente arma anti-carro con una piattaforma turrita (a differenza del precedente M3 GMC, il cui cannone aveva un brandeggio limitato). Nonostante l’introduzione di tipi più potenti come sostituti, l’M10 è rimasto in servizio fino alla fine della guerra. Alcune di queste sostituzioni sono stati infatti modificati e / o ricostruito dall’M10. Fu battezzato Wolverine dagli Inglesi, anche se a differenza di altri nomi del veicolo quali l’M4 Sherman, il nome non fu adottato dai soldati americani, che lo chiamarano genericamente TD (un soprannome per ogni cacciacarri in generale) al di là la sua designazione formale.
In its combat debut in Tunisia in 1943 during the North African campaign, the M10 was successful as its M7 3-inch gun could destroy most German tanks then in service. The M10’s heavy chassis did not conform to the quickly evolving tank destroyer doctrine of employing very light high-speed vehicles, and starting in mid-1944 it began to be supplemented by the 76mm Gun Motor Carriage M18 “Hellcat”. Later in the Battle of Normandy, the M10’s gun proved to be ineffective against the frontal armor of the newer German Tiger and Panther tanks unless firing HVAP rounds, but was effective against the most common tanks such as the Panzer IV medium tank and other lighter vehicles and self-propelled guns.
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- Peter Chamberlain & Chris Ellis British and American Tanks Of World War Two: The Complete illustrated history of British, American and Commonwealth tanks: 1939–1945 1969. Arco Publishing