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Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post

Mechanically, the Shermans were harder to maintain in the field since they were not designed for uneducated peasants but for Americans who knew a lot about cars, farm tractors and mechanics in general, and were much better educated than their Soviet counterparts.
Loza notes from his "Motherland" book, "At the beginning of February [1944], delivery of engine lubricants were interrupted, and our diesel engines were forced to go some fifty to sixty operating hours past their scheduled oil change. It was an abnormal situation, particularly for the M4A2, which required strict observance of its service intervals. We had to resort to an extreme measure: twice we drained and filtered the oil. And so, to some degree, in our initial combat operations using Sherman tanks, the units of 5th Mech Corps accomplished tank maintenance by the method of trial and error. In fact we gradually gained enough experience to be able to perform even difficult maintenance tasks."

I would have to say, in my decades of reading both German and Soviet military material, the Red Army soldier was often considered to be resourceful in improvisations and innovations.
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