I realise this topic has been brought up before, but I can't find anything to address the following questions:
For those of you who don't know, "Bomb" is the only Canadian Sherman to land on D-Day and make it to the end of the war. It was part of B squadron, Sherbrooke Fusiliers, of the 27th Armoured Regiment in the Canadian 2nd Armoured Brigade. The only pictures I have the show the front or sides, and the only markings I can see are the WD number - T152656, the name "Bomb" and a "CIII" on the transmission cover. I can't see any unit number, which would be a 53 on a red square with a white line along the bottom, nor can I see the brigade mark, which would be a black square with a horizontal blue line through the middle and a yellow maple leaf. I also don't see any squadron symbol, which would be a square for B squadron.
Does anyone have any information as to why this vehicle did not have any standard markings? Would the unit and brigade marks be on the rear only? What did the "CIII" represent?
Another question - although this vehicle has applique armour on the hull sides, it doesn't have anything over the driver/co driver hoods on the front, and it retains the original M34 mantlet without a shield over the coaxial machine gun. Since this was a DV tank the applique armour would have been added afterwards in the field, right? If so, why was the armour over the front hoods not installed, or the mantlet replaced? Seems odd.
Finally, since this vehicle soldiered on through Belgium and Holland, would it have had tracks welded to the hull and turret like most (if not all) Canadian Shermans?
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Didn't 1st Hussars' Holy Roller also land on D-Day and survive to the end of the war?
FYI, Holy Roller does have some marks on the turret that appear to be the remnants of welds where spare tracks were attached.