[Civil Affairs] Weapons of War - M10 Wolverine

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The original concept of the M10 tank, created on the eve of U.S involvement in WWII, was to counter German blitzkrieg tactics by making it a tank destroyer. The chassis was originally based off that of a Sherman, and was named the 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage T35. After prototyping was complete, the Tank Destroyer Command of the U.S army requested the chassis be more streamlined and lower, giving the tank the distinct look it has now. Tank destroyers served virtually as mobile antitank guns. They would be held in reserve until a German push was made, then brought up to the line to stop the advance. Because they needed speed, the armor on the tank was next to none. This lack of armor seems to really translate to the game, as most tankers can attest. In June of 1942, the T35E1 was finalized as the 3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M10 and ordered into full production. The tank used a 76mm M1 barrel to apply the necessary firepower to take down the blitzkrieg.

The Wolverine made its debut in Tunisia in 1943. Its M7 3 inch machine gun tore through most of the German tanks active at the time. Although successful in North Africa, the Wolverine hit a bump in the European Theater. Even though the armor was light, it wasn’t light enough to mark the Wolverine as a true tank destroyer, which is why soon after it was being replaced with the M18 Hellcat, a modified version of the Wolverine. A unique feature of the Wolverine was that it had an open top. This allowed for great visibility for the crew, but exposed the turret to close quarter engagements. This was not viewed as a weakness because each tank was issued a unit of infantry alongside it. The accompanying infantry also protected the tank from AT personnel.

Because of the weak armor, M10’s issued to the British and Commonwealth forces were often modified and fitted with bigger guns to be used as artillery units. They were second place in the British tank world as the Cromwell was still uncontested by the Wolverine. The tank served through the end of the war, used in very limited circumstances, and was discontinued after the war.


Now for an analysis in DH. Its speed allows it to reach advantage points faster than opposing infantry and tanks, but its as vulnerable as a Jeep. The barrel feels like it’s being moved with the engine off, and the reload time doesn’t help it either. If fully manned, the tank can be a viable option on infantry-based maps, but a Panzerschrek to even the strongest part of the tank can take it out in one hit.

Written by: PFC Chamine
Edited by: SSgt. Brewer and Cpl. Langford
Approved by: CoCA, Bn. S3 and Bn S1

Comments

  • edited December 2015

    There's a few errors: The M18 Hellcat was a completely new design, nothing was from the M10, which itself was based off of the M4A2 chassis. The M18 had Christie suspension and a new hull, and the turret was completely new. It was the first American TD to be on a completely new chassis.

    And the Hellcat never completely replaced the M10. The M18 had about a third of the production numbers of the M10. Production was cancelled in October 1944.

    The M36 Jackson was based off of the M10 hull, though. Literally all they did to make the M36 was slap a new turret on it and gave it the 90mm M3 gun from the Pershing.

    Overall, though, the article is very well written.

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