Not Making The Wrong Choices

This interesting article on the M6 tank showed up on my Facebook timeline.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/04/11/little-known-us-wwii-m6-heavy-tank-40-made/2/

The M6 is one of those military options that the US Army pursued and then dropped.  Through 1940 and the beginning of the war the US Army initiated these various armored vehicle and self propelled gun project as stopgaps and in response to evolving doctrine. As the war progressed and these various vehicles proved to be redundant, the programs were reduced to a barely sustained level and then canceled altogether.  So if the question is ever asked why the US didn’t design a heavy tank, the answer is that they did. Then the Armored forces decided that the gains were not worth the resources.

I posted a while back about the Combined arms doctrine used by The US Army.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/was-the-us-army-really-stupid-during-ww2/

One thing you learn is that the US Army while pursuing options, in case of a failed strategy, stuck to choices based on logistics.  Which led to the choices for things like the seemingly inadequate Sherman. The people in charge knew though, that a tank on the field in the action was far better than a “better” tank that’s sitting on the roadside or stuck in the field because of a faulty transmission.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M6_heavy_tank

http://buickcity.blogspot.com/2012/03/m-6-heavy-tank.html

Some more Sherman stuff.

http://buickcity.blogspot.com/2012/03/m-4-sherman-tank-drive.html

Which comes down to making the choices that win.

Bonus:

Tank factories 1916-1945

http://mashable.com/2015/07/17/tank-factories/?utm_cid=lf-toc#1zyUpDRvikq3

3 comments

  1. rthtgnbs · June 1, 2016

    Combined Arms Maneuver Warfare rests on one fundamental principle, you must be able to make the enemy need to fight in two directions. Pin them down with machine gun fire, then flank and kill with another squad. Or sucker the enemy attack into a kill zone and ambush from the sides with anti tank units. The point is that “heavy” isn’t as important as “maneuverable” in combined arms warfare if you are doing it right. Heavy is important when you are fighting a relative peer, like 73 Easting or the various wars against Israel.

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  2. penneyvanderbilt · June 1, 2016

    Reblogged this on KCJones.

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  3. penneyvanderbilt · June 1, 2016

    The tank assembly piece was great. Hoping to spot American Locomotive ‘ALCO Products’

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