Tank Destroyer Tips”

TD Finesse

M10 tank destroyer td italy From the Commanding Officer of a Tank Destroyer Battalion, FRANCE: “Tank destroyer crews should not respond to enemy small-arms fire at night. One night, a TD platoon ignored considerable enemy machine pistol fine. At dawn, seven enemy tanks were observed in the area from which the firings had been coming. They were only 200 yards away, ready to engage any answering weapons, and unaware of the presence of our TD’s. All seven of the tanks were destroyed.”

Air Reconnaissance by TD Leaders

“When preparing for an operation, we try to give our platoon commanders and platoon sergeants a short flight in a cub plane over the area in which the TD’s are to operate. This is in addition to ground, map, and table reconnaissance.”

Locating Enemy Tanks at Night

Suggested by the Assistant G-2, 101st Airborne Division, FRANCE: “At night, we placed a machine gun on both sides of a tank destroyer. When hostile tanks were heard approaching, the machine ‘guns fired tracers until ricochets indicated that a tank was being hit. Both guns would then fire at the tank and the tank destroyer would fire at the point of the “V” formed by the converging machine-gun tracers.”

Sneak Approach

Report from an Intelligence Officer, Tank Destroyer Battalion, FRANCE: “Artillery fire placed on three enemy. tanks caused them to button up and fail to hear our TD’s moving up. The TD’s knocked out all three tanks without loss.”

TD’s Lend Helping Hand

Says the Executive Officer, Tank Destroyer Battalion, ITALY: “We have saved our wire crews much work by carrying on each TD two poles with hooks on the ends so that we can quickly lift field-wire lines and run under them.”
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Camouflaging an M10 TD

First Armored Division, ITALY: “A different type of camouflage has proved very effective on several occasions. We attached supports to the M10 and chicken wire to the supports, then interlaced natural vegetation through the chicken wire so that the whole vehicle except the space necessary for firing is covered.  From a distance it is almost impossible to detect a vehicle so camouflaged even when moving, provided that speed is kept slow.  Wire screening is preferable to camouflage netting because it will not burn readily. Camouflage hooks and rods, if available, are helpful in applying the vegetation.”

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More Traction for Tank Destroyers

The Commanding Officer of the 773d Tank Destroyer Battalion, FRANCE, suggests an effective method of enabling M10 Tank Destroyers to negotiate winter roads, icy hills, and slippery slopes: “We cut seven V-shaped notches in the standard-type grousers. and then mounted five such grousers on each track. This expedient was of great value to us in combat at Luxembourg.”