Ironmachine wrote:There were three Marine tank battalions: 3rd, 4th and 5th.
The 4th and 5th Tank Battalions had M4A3 tanks, including 4 in each battalion equipped with the modified Mark 1 flame thrower replacing the 75mm main gun.
The 3rd Tank Battalion still employed M4A2 tanks.
All three battalions employed Shermans equipped with the E4-5 flame thrower system mounted in the bow.
Hope this helps. Regards.
We took the flail tank to Iwo and assigned it to the 2d Platoon. It was the only diesel tank we still had. Hank Bellmon thus had the flail tank and his five tanks on one LSM; Joe Dever's 1st Platoon had five plus me in "Ill Wind," on another; and G. M. English had his five 3d Platoon tanks and the tank retriever on the last one. We made the trip all way to Iwo on the three LSMs, plus a fourth one carrying the wheeled vehicles and the rest of my company headquarters. Each platoon had one of the new flame tanks and four gun tanks.
sonofsamphm1c wrote:Just curious, does it mention what time they began landing, and on which beaches? Their - 4th MARDIV - beaches were especially difficult.
C Company would land in the center of the 23d Marines' sector, right on the boundary of the two assaulting battalions, ready to support either or both as necessary [...] We would go in after the third wave, but before the fourth [...]
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