Sherman tanks raised from the sea

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10 Responses to Sherman tanks raised from the sea

  1. Kent says:

    One of my hold hunting buddies was in WWII and said as they were pulling out of the islands in the Pacific they pushed hundreds of tanks, bulldozers, trucks, jeeps etc into the sea. he said the idea was to leave it and build new ones to keep the economy up when the guys came home from the war as well as not let the enemy use them.

  2. Sanders says:

    A couple cans of WD-40 and they’ll be good as new.

  3. czechsix says:

    Just wait till Spain files a claim for them.

  4. Chris says:

    The gun barrels look a bit large for the 75mm used by the US. Could they be British Firefly used by the UK? W/ 17lbr for the main gun?

  5. paparod says:

    Those appear to be the Firefly conversion equipped with the British 3-pounder gun. If that’s the case, they would have probably not been crewed by US tankers. I know that the Brits and Canadians used them, don’t know if the Russians got any.

    • paparod says:

      erratum: 3 inch, 17 pounder

    • Al_in_Ottawa says:

      They’re definitely Fireflies. In addition to the 17pdr’s long barrel and muzzle brake the turrets have the rear extension that houses the radio and the bow machine gun port is missing. What they’re doing in Russian waters is a mystery to me, the Brits didn’t have enough Fireflys to go around and the Russians had T34/85s.

  6. Exile1981 says:

    Did a little web searching. These ines came from a liberty ship on its way to Russian in ww2. The ship was the SS Thomas Donaldson and she was sunk 20 miles from the port on the kola peninsula.

    These are Emchas the russian model of the sherman. They are a M4A2(76)W version with diesel engines and 76mm guns.

    Evidently it was common for the factory guys to hide ‘gifts’ to allied soldiers in the main breech. The bottles of bourbon in one of these was still intact.

  7. MacArch says:

    The muzzle brake looks incorrect for a 17 pounder. The later 76mm Shermans had a threaded barrel and sometime a muzzle brake – Like the “Easy8” in Fury. Shermans were built by some many companies, and modified / upgraded so much in the field, that just when you think that combo does not exist, somebody dig up proof it did.

  8. warhorse says:

    take pictures now, because they’ll be piles of rust in short order. when you drag something liek that out of salt water you need to slowly lower the salinity of the water before you dry them out, or they’ll rust so fast you can hear it from across the room.

    look what they had to do with the confederate submarine Hunley.

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