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Unit strength

July 30 2003 at 4:18 PM
Steve Zaloga  (no login)
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Response to Steve, thanks for filling in the gaps and a couple other questions.

On 19 Nov 1944, 761st had 24 M4A3(76mm) on strength and 4 more on short-term repair. (They took a lot of losses in mid-November) At the beginning of November 1944, the reports to 12 AG stated they had 54 M4 (75mm) but this may be in error, as a week later, they are reported to have 56 M4 (76mm). So either they were reequipped in a hurry, or the paperwork was screwed up.

Third Army on 19 Nov 44 had 589 M4 (75mm) and 108 (76mm) (18.3%). So actually, Third Army had slightly fewer 76mm tanks than 12AG on average (which was 27.3%). The fact that 761st had M4 (76mm) had very little to do with what Third Army liked or didn't like as these separate tank battalions were allotted to armies by 12 AG, and they were equipped with tanks before they arrived. (The 761st arrived at XX Corps/Third Army on 29 October 44)

The units which didn't like the 76mm were the two premier armored divisions that were regularly part of Third Army, namely 4th and 6th Armored Division. They dragged their feet accepting 76mm tanks, and complained about them when they first got them due to the lousy HE round for the 76mm gun. However, tank replacements were issued by the AFV&W Section of 12 AG, so they got them whether they wanted them or not.

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  1. Steve, thanks for getting me straight on that. Last question. - Dan Fong on Jul 30, 2003, 6:35 PM
    1. Lt. Sell - Steve Zaloga on Jul 31, 2003, 5:36 AM

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