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HG3424 M10 Tank Destroyer 601st Tank Destroyer Bttn., Italy

In 1943 the US introduced the M10 as a SP anti-tank gun using the carriage of the M4 tank and a 3-inch M7 AA Gun. The British took their M10s and exchanged the 3-inch gun for the larger 17-pdr that had much better stopping power against the Panther and Tigers. They added some armor to the turret and named it Achilles. The first modified tanks went into service in 1944 and by the end of WWII 1,100 of the 1,650 M10s the British received under the Lend Lease Program became known as Achilles.

On July 9, 1943; now equipped with the M10 Tank Destroyer the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion was part of the assault on Sicily that lasted until August 17, 1943. From September 9, 1943 until January 1944 Naples was the primary target for the Allies because of its port for re-supply and nearby Foggio had an important airfield. On June 4, 1944 Rome was finally liberated and the 601st TDB would transfer to Southern France in August 1944. The M10 proved to be lacking because of its poor speed, poor frontal armor and high profile.

Specifications M10 Tank Destroyer
Country of Origin: USA
Entered Service in: 1942
Crew: 5 (Commander, 3x gun crew, driver)
Height: 2.57 m (8.43 ft) Length: 6.83 m (22.41 ft) (w/ gun) - 5.97 m (19.6 ft) (w/o gun) Width: 3.05 m (10 ft)
Weight: 29.6 tonnes
Power/weight: 12.5 hp/tonne
Hull, up to 51 mm Turret, up to 57 mm
Main Armament: M7 3-inch "76.2 mm" Gun - 54 rounds
Secondary Armament: .50 caliber M2 Machine Gun - 300 rounds Power plant
General Motors Twin Diesel 6-71375 hp (276 kW)
Suspension: vertical volute spring Performance
Road Speed: 51 km/h (32 mph) Range: 300 km (186 miles)