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Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 05:19 PM UTC
I found this interesting photo of M4 Shermans being transported by rail. Okay, so I've seen them covered with tarps but I did not know the tarps were marked with the type of vehicle, or with "front" or "rear."

Those of you familiar with the shape of an M4 will notice that the front tarp is draped over the rear of the closest tank. Doh!
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 11:34 AM UTC
it doesn't have the shape of a sherman.
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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 09:04 PM UTC
That's because the tarp is the wrong way around. Look close and you can even see the stowed wrench across the back panel and that the turret is traversed to the rear.

A good eye could even tell what variant the Shermans are.
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 04:05 AM UTC
It is an indicator which part of the sherman could best face the front line (and get the H out) when the dreaded german ueber(taxi)panzers arrive on scene. Just kidding, those crews fought bravely against poor odds (for an individual tank).

So when I first saw the picture I mistook the silhouette for an Elefant/Ferdinand (front view) I guess it is the bottom lip of exhaust blowout deflector (or whatever it is called) that throws us off.
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 01:43 PM UTC

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That's because the tarp is the wrong way around. Look close and you can even see the stowed wrench across the back panel and that the turret is traversed to the rear.

A good eye could even tell what variant the Shermans are.



Yeah after some thought the area I assumed was the equipment box could indeed be the barrel of the the main gun. But if you look on line for Shermans on railcars all I could find was ones with the turret forward. As for variant the only thing I'm sure of is M4 .

M4A1's maybe?