Monday, December 19, 2016
Prior to building the Sherman tank the US Army built the T6 tank.
The plan was to make one tank that would have a removable turret front.
The front would allow the unit commander to exchange fronts to deploy different weapons suites.
The gun systems were a 75mm gun with counterweight, as seen on the Lee series, the 75mm gun without counterweight, as seen on late production Lee tanks, a twin 37mm anti-tank guns, the same gun as the towed 37mm anti-tank gun, a single 57mm anti-tank gun, like the towed gun, and a triple .50 caliber anti-aircraft gun version.
The removable front turret face was used in the Sherman, but these other weapons versions were not used. I think the triple .50 caliber machine guns would have made a good AA weapon and even better as a weapon against lightly armored vehicles and infantry.