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The glacis plate looks to be reinforced. It seems to extend up slightly beyond the front hull deck. Possibly one of the field modifications common to Patton's Third Army where an extra plate was welded on to bring the overall thickness up to Sherman Jumbo status.
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The glacis plate looks to be reinforced. It seems to extend up slightly beyond the front hull deck. Possibly one of the field modifications common to Patton's Third Army where an extra plate was welded on to bring the overall thickness up to Sherman Jumbo status.
The A3 had about 25mm more up front than the A2.
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This is a picture I took of a tank I just discovered in a public park here in St. Louis.
Now, it looks kinda like a Sherman to me but I could be wrong. Anyone?
I would say M4A3E8 "Easy 8", but it seems a lot of people already have. While I don't know that particular tank's history; I am betting on the fact that not only did it serve in WWII, but Korea as well. Lots and lots of "Easy 8s" were in Korea.
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Not too taxing but what is this?
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Sherman conversion to a tank retriever. Done in the field, from the looks of it.
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Which park is that in? I might be tempted to swing by next time I am visiting friends in St. Louis.
I forget the name of the park, but it's in Fergusen, a little area off Florisant Rd in North County.

If you are ever in St. Louis, go check out the Misouri Veterans Home. It's a retirement home for US veterans but it should also be designated a museum due to all the war relics that are on the property. As you drive up the hill to the main building the first thing you see is an M60 Patton tank. Next to it is an artillary piece from WWI. Inside are vintage uniforms and news papers with famous headlines on them as well as personal war souvenirs from the vets that are living there. Not to mention the fact that the vets there LOVE to talk to anyone who might be interested in their stories.

It's hard to get me out of there sometimes.
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Sherman conversion to a tank retriever. Done in the field, from the looks of it.
Well of course thats what it is. I said it wasn't too taxing .

But what is its name?
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It doesn't have a visible name. I assume you are asking for it's specific military nomenclature, which is something entirely different.
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It doesn't have a visible name. I assume you are asking for it's specific military nomenclature, which is something entirely different.
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Not too taxing but what is this?
M-32 Tank retriever. Not a field conversion.
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M22 Locust light tank.
The M22 light tank was intended for airborne use, and the C-54 Skymaster cargo aircraft was the original carrier plane. When transported by the C-54, the turret of the M22 was removed, and the hull was suspended below the plane, which seriously hindered the tanks from achieving any measure of surprise. The turret of the Locust was designed to be easily removable for this reason. The M22 had lifting brackets at the four corners of the hull which allowed carriage by the C-54. The British Hamilcar glider and later American aircraft like the C-82 could carry the M22 ready for battle. The suspension of the M22 included strengthening braces running between the two bogie brackets and between the rear bogie and idler assembly. The commander and gunner had their own hatches, and the driver was protected by a protruding hood on the hull left front. The first 27 M22s featured a protected direct vision slot for the driver, which was replaced with a vision port which was closed with a steel plug. The steel plug closure system was similar to the driver's direct vision setup in the light tank M5. The sides of the driver's hood were also sloped on later tanks. The exhaust pipe for the M22 exited the engine compartment in the rear, and then curved up to the right rear fender of the tank, where the muffler rested.

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