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M-7 Tank Destroyer, Knocked Out in Suicide Attack

Discussion in 'Armor and Armored Fighting Vehicles' started by kerrd5, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. kerrd5

    kerrd5 Ace

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    I won this photo on Ebay of a knocked out M-7 Tank Destroyer.
    Location is San Manuel, Luzon, P.I. Date 27 January 1945.
    Photographer is Sparton.

    Caption reads:

    "An M-7 tank destroyer which was knocked out
    by a one-man Jap suicide attack. The Jap carried
    a long pole on the end of which was fixed a mine."

    No identification of the TD Bn is provided on the back of
    the photo, unfortunately.


    WW2 PHOTO: DESTROYED US M7 105 MM HOWITZER, LUZON 1945 - eBay (item 330341724532 end time Jul-08-09 15:13:29 PDT)


    The M-7 Tank Destroyer Armed With A 105Mm Army

    The photo is printed on heavier stock than those Signal Corps
    prints I handled at the NARA.


    Dave
     

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  2. JagdtigerI

    JagdtigerI Ace

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    M7 Tank Destroyer??
     
  3. kerrd5

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  4. JagdtigerI

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    I know what it is, I have a problem with the designation Tank Destroyer. It was, as wiki says, a self-propelled gun.
     
  5. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Good photo, but that is a self propelled howitzer.

    It is an artillery piece, not a tank destroyer.
     
  6. brndirt1

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    Dave, I was just about to point this very thing out. That is the M7 Howitzer Motor Carriage, with the 105 howitzer. It wasn’t a Tank Destroyer, and was called the "Priest" by the Brits (due to its pulpit appearing MG mount), and was a self-propelled gun, not a tank destroyer.
     
  7. kerrd5

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    I didn't write the caption. :)


    Dave
     
  8. JagdtigerI

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    :deadhorse: Haha sorry about starting this barrage of attacks Dave ;)
     
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    But you wrote the title of this thread....:eek:
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    We'll forgive you this time.:p
     
  11. kerrd5

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    If I discover that the M-7 had an anti-tank role in the Luzon Campaign,
    you guys will have to buy me a beer. :)


    Dave
     
  12. JagdtigerI

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    Hey wait a minute, isn't there an actual topic to this thread :eek: Haha nice picture and story, thanks for posting
     
  13. TiredOldSoldier

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    What was a SP howitzer doing so close to the frontline that a suicide tank hunter could get to it?
    IMO the most likely explanation is bunker busting by direct fire not A/T so an assault gun rather than tank destroyer role.

    Half a beer :) ?
     
  14. zippo

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    Cool picture Dave. Thanks for sharing it! Those were certianly brazen attacks with the pole mines.
     
  15. Mussolini

    Mussolini Gaming Guru WW2|ORG Editor

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    You know, whats the point of carrying a mine on a pole if you know its going to kill you too? Wouldn't it be much easier to just carry the mine in your hands? You'd be able to run faster and it might take your target a few extra seconds to realize what you're doing. The pole just sounds like it'd slow you down.
     
  16. Wolfy

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    The Japanese suicide mine pole had three prongs at one end. When the prongs pressed against a hard surface, the mine would detonate. The weapon seemed to have functioned like a hollow charge mine..but unlike the German magnetic mine which stuck to tank surfaces, this device was detonated manually and held in place by the suicide trooper.
     
  17. Slipdigit

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    They did it to extend their reach, so that they could use it from concealment, such as found in the jungle, and lessen the likelihood of being killed before they could destroy the vehicle.
     
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    Ah hah, that explains it! I had an odd picture in my mind of a man running out ala-donkey-following-carrot-on-a-stick type of thing. Didn't make much sense to me..:rolleyes:
     
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    The M7 Priest, as the 105mm Howitzer M3, was also issued to cannon companies of in some infantry regiments (six , in three platoons of two) including units deployed in Pacific

    regards
     
  20. Wolfy

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    What infantry regiments were these? Self-propelled artillery was a luxury weapon. I thought they were only present in US armored divisions.
     

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