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M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer 3A-705TD, 1944 "Battle of Bulge"
General Background
The 76 mm M18 tank destroyer was produced by General Motors Buick Division who named the M18 the "Hellcat". The M18 was the fastest tracked AFV of WWII reaching speeds up to 60 mph. The speed was possible because of the lack of heavy armor. The theory was speed would be the vehicles protection. Quite often German Panthers and Tigers would fall victim to the M18 because the German tanks turret couldn't turn fast enough to return fire. The M18 was also present in the war in the Pacific.
Specifications :
Classification: 76mm Gun Motor Carriage (T70)
Produced By: General Motors, Buick Division
Production Period: July 1943 to October 1944
Number of Units Produced: 2,507
Crew: 5
Engine: R975 Continental Radial, 973 cu. in. 9 Cylinder air-cooled, 400 HP @ 2,400 RPM
Transmission: 4 speed Torqmatic
Maximum Speed: 50 mph
Ground clearance: 14 in.
Maximum Fording Depth: 48 in.
Maximum Grade: 60 degrees @ 3 mph
Length: 21 ft. 10 in.
Width: 9 ft. 5 in.
Height: 8 ft. 5 in.
Maximum Weight: 37,557 lbs.
Armament: 1 x 76 mm M1A2 main gun, 76 rounds
1 x .50 cal M2HB Machine Gun, 800 rounds
5 x MI .30 cal carbines, 450 rounds
6 x WP M50 smoke grenades
6 x Mk.II fragmentation grenades
4 x smoke pots