WEISWEILER wrote:If choosing not to build a Tiger-like tank was due to its poor qualities and statistics, I’d like to see some world war sources who claim that.
The U.S. "Tiger-like" tanks were the Heavy Tank T1-series, the Assault Tank T14, and the Medium Tank M4A3E2 (the T20-series was developed as a medium tank).
After two and a half years of work, development of the T1-series effectively ended on 7 December 1942 when Lieutenant General Jacob Devers, Commanding General of the Armored Force, opined:
"Due to its tremendous weight and limited tactical use, there is no requirement in the Armored Force for the heavy tank. The increase in power of the armament of the heavy tank does not compensate for the heavier armor."
The T14 was intended in September 1941 as a joint British-American development to replace the then troubled Churchill tank. There was never much interest in the project on the American side for the same reasons the T1-series never went anywhere and when the Churchill's problems were rectified British interest evaporated as well.
Medium Tank M4A3E2 was developed as an interim, limited procurement project specifically to meet the requirement expressed by the ETOUSA for a heavy assault tank for use in NEPTUNE. Originally, it was intended the Medium Tank T26 would fill the request, but it was known they could not be ready until November 1944 at earliest. T14 was also off the table, since it required an entirely new hull casting, when facilities were already over-strained developing and producing the castings for the pilot T25 and T26 tanks. Thus, the decision to use the welded hull M4A3 with heavy applique armor to the front and side hull, with a heavier armored version of the T20/22/23 turret. However, the rosy assumption that it would be ready for the May-June invasion date was off by three months and twelve days...just about the same time the estimate for the arrival of the T26 was off by.
"Is all this pretentious pseudo intellectual citing of sources REALLY necessary? It gets in the way of a good, spirited debate, destroys the cadence." POD, 6 October 2018