The Sherman Grizzly

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    The Sherman Grizzly

    Post by Battalion Colours on Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:37 pm

    http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/can/Canada.htm

    Canadian licence built American M4A1 "Sherman" tanks were named "Grizzly". The main difference between the "Sherman" and "Grizzly" tanks were the use of CDP tracks and an idler with 13 teeth instead of 17 teeth. From September to December of 1943, Montreal Locomotive Works produced 188 "Grizzly" tanks. Part of them equipped Canadian Forces in Europe, while the rest was used for training purposes. Several AA conversions were proposed for the Grizzley tank. One such test vehicle was the Skink and one unit was converted. Judging the unit to be a real battle winner, it was shipped over to Europe in 1945 for live testing. The Skink proved that it was valuable in knocking down German aircraft, HOWEVER, by 1945 there was little for it to actually shoot at. The Skink then found another purpose... it was turned on German infantry with devastating results. Though successful, little purpose could be found for production and the project was cancelled.

    The following link shows all known surviving Grizzly tanks:

    http://the.shadock.free.fr/Surviving_Grizzlys.pdf

    Does anyone know which Canadian units received Grizzly tanks?


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    Re: The Sherman Grizzly

    Post by Battalion Colours on Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:43 pm

    The beauty is in the Muckleburg Collection in the UK:



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