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M10 Wolverine tank destroyer
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No: 5308   Contributor: Chris Streckfus   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: GMC / Allison   Country: United States of America
M10 Wolverine tank destroyer

Front View US 3 inch Gun Motor Carriage M10 Wolverine
(Tank Destroyer)
Initial Production 1943
Combat Weight 33 tons

In the search for a swift, agile tank destroyer, the US Army designed the M10 Gun Carriage. For a main gun the Army selected the 3 inch M7 gun, a light weight, high velocity, ant-aircraft gun with a semi-automatic breech and a rapid rate of fire. The 3 inch gun was extremely accurate and could penetrate 4 inches of hardened steel from 1000 yards. For antiaircraft defense, a .50 caliber machine gun was mounted at the rear of the open-topped turret. With its twin diesel engines, the M10 was relatively quiet, earning it the nickname “the whispering death” from the Germans. On fronts where German tanks were scarce, the M10 was used for indirect artillery support. Crewed by 5 men, the M10 had a maximum speed of 30 mph and a cruising range of approximately 200 miles. This vehicle was donated to the museum by the Italian army, who bought the M10s from the US after World War II. The collar on the gun tube is a counter weight to compensate for the shortening of the gun tube by the Italian army.

In Loving Memory
Arthur Thorne
605 T.D. Battalion, Co. B
U.S. Army

See picture #5307 also.
Picture added on 19 April 2011 at 15:15
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Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA
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