Unlike tanks, which were intended for infantry support, tank destroyers were self-propelled guns used in the antitank role and which relied on speed rather than armor for their protection.
First used in 1943 in Tunisia, the M10 was successful against the German tanks of the time, but as the war progressed, the vehicle's major weaknesses of thin armor, an open-topped turret and the slow speed of turret rotation (hand-cranked), it could not prevail against the newest Tiger and Panther tanks and by the end of 1944 it began to be replaced by more effective models. The British version was known as the Wolverine and an improved model armed with the more effective 17 pounder Mark V gun was called the Achilles. The Red Army and the Free French Army also used this AFV.
Weight: 30 tons
Length: 22 '
Height: 8 1/2'
Armor: up to 2.3"
Armament: 3" M7 w/54 rds, .50 M2HB machine gun w/300 rds. M79 armor-piercing shot could penetrate 3" of armor at 1000 yds.
Power: GM 6046 6-71 diesel of 375 hp.
Range: 186 miles
Speed: 32 mph.
This M10 has been equipped with an armor shield over the open turret to keep out hand grenades during infantry attacks.
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