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Chrysler tank arsenal
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:21 am
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Chrysler tank arsenal. Thousands of rivets are used in the production of one of the huge thirty-eight ton M-3 tanks. Whenever possible rivets are replaced by welded sections, but throughout much of the tank, as in the side plates on which this riveter is working, the steel plate is too heavy for welding. The riveting itself, a twenty-five ton

CREATED/PUBLISHED: [between 1940 and 1946] Palmer, Alfred T., photographer. PART OF: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:05 pm
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That's quite a large rivet gun..


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:01 pm
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That must be one of the rare "M3A3E2 Jumbo Grant" assault tanks being assembled. I believe that a normal M3 Medium would have weighed in somewhere around 29-30 tons, but the picture text says it is one of "the huge thirty-eight ton M-3 tanks." The additional weigh is surely from the extra armor fitted to the assault tank version.


Does anyone else think that the photo has been retouched? The area around the side door, where you can see the thickness of the armor, looks a bit fake to me. Do you suppose that they enhanced the thickness of the side armor for this photo? It looks nearly three inches thick here, as opposed to the 1.5 inches on the real thing.

Geez, maybe there was an assault tank version . . .

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:54 pm
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you don't suppose it was part of a misinformation campaign do you Rolling Eyes After all Life magazine was available in places like Havana, Lisbon, etc where it was a cheap intelligence source. Look at all the pictures made of M6 heavy tanks in late '41 and '42. You would think there were going to be some in every division.

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