Big Hatch Low Bustle Sherman

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Big Hatch Low Bustle Sherman

Joined: May 3rd, 2006, 8:43 am

July 20th, 2012, 11:56 pm #1

One of my reference books says that after the introduction of the "Big Hatch" 47 degree glacis, some Shermans still had "Low Bustle" turrets installed, with the bustle modified to give clearance for the new hatches.

Can someone show me a clear photograph or drawing of this modification?

Is it possible that this configuration was seen on any M4A2 Shermans that were lend-leased to the USSR?

Could any of these turrets have had loader's hatches installed?

Thanks in advance for any information. you guys can give me.

Yours,
James D. Gray
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Joined: January 29th, 2006, 7:01 pm

July 21st, 2012, 2:33 am #2

"Can someone show me a clear photograph or drawing of this modification?"

It was simply removing a small amount of material from the outer rear corners as needed, sort of knocking the corner off, and blending it in. On most you can't see anything different, or it wasn't needed.

"Is it possible that this configuration was seen on any M4A2 Shermans that were lend-leased to the USSR?"

It is possible.

"Could any of these turrets have had loader's hatches installed?"

Yes, in fact they all did.

KL



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