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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

A Full Tank: 1942

A Full Tank: 1942

June 1942. M-3 tank and crew at Fort Knox, Kentucky. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Rivets

I had heard this tank was especially dangerous for its crew because it was riveted and not welded together. When struck by incoming, broken rivets could fly around the interior like bullets. The great resolution of this photo shows not only rivets but also bolts.

Thanks AC

Thanks my uncle was a tank commander in WWII

The commander is...

The commander sat in the turret, so that's him in the upper right.

Because it had two main guns, it had 2 gun crews. The Soviets called this tank "The Grave For Seven Brothers."

Tanks

Can someone tell me which of these guys is the commander?
anyone?

 
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