Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

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Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by Mark in Cleveland, Tn. » 29 May 2022 00:23

The pic was about Allied usage of bridges built by Allies, but is this a German panzer?
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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by von thoma » 29 May 2022 00:48

but is this a German panzer?
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Not, it's a M4 Sherman tank....
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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by Michael Kenny » 29 May 2022 01:19

A Firefly with a 'fake' muzzle-brake halfway along the gun barrel.

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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by Mark in Cleveland, Tn. » 29 May 2022 03:17

did they have those wide cross country tracks?

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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by Michael Kenny » 29 May 2022 03:38

Check the running gear and the track chevrons. No doubt it is an M4 and it appears there are 'bars' sticking out from some the track-pin holes

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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by EKB » 26 Jun 2022 05:01

Mark in Cleveland, Tn. wrote:
29 May 2022 03:17
did they have those wide cross country tracks?
Sherman with field mod track extensions.jpg
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3d/88/9f ... 6a2c44.jpg

Google "Sherman tank with track extension" and more information might turn up.
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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by Takao » 30 Jun 2022 00:23

Platypus grousers.

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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by T. A. Gardner » 05 Jul 2022 03:41

It looks more like a British Sherman Firefly (note the false ring on the gun barrel and how it's painted white underneath up towards the muzzle, along with the muzzle brake).

The special 32 1/2" grousers were for use on very soft ground and a full set gave a ground pressure of 7 psi. But they also caused the track to be more easily thrown when the tank tried to turn.

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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by Michael Kenny » 05 Jul 2022 04:54

Clearer image. Italy. River Santerno near Imola, 12 April 1945
M4 Firefly Italy Bailey Bridge .jpg
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Re: Is this a Panther? or Tiger with field tracts?

Post by EKB » 04 Nov 2022 07:53

© IWM NA 23760 Sherman Twaby Ark bridging vehicle with ramps in travelling position, platypus track extensions, 4 April 1945.jpg
© IWM NA 23763 Sherman Twaby Ark bridging vehicle with ramps in travelling position, platypus track extensions, 4 April 1945.jpg
© IWM NA 23762 Sherman Twaby Ark bridging vehicle with ramps in travelling position, platypus track extensions, 4 April 1945.jpg
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/sear ... waby%20Ark
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