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Korean War: T-34/85 vs M4A3E8 "Easy Eight" Sherman

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  1. Hoosier phpbb3

    Hoosier phpbb3 New Member

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    How evenly matched were these tanks when they met on the battlefield?

    I'm guessing the "Easy Eight" held it's own against the T-34/85.

    Tim
     
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    Hoosier phpbb3 New Member

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    Uhh...huh.
    That's what I thought too.

    Tim
     
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    Not much happened in Korea as far as tank versus tank combat. Also, as far as I know most Easy Eights were used as fire support vehicles rather than as main battle tanks.
     
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    JC:
    In the early days--Pusan Perimeter--the first tanks to arrive "in theatre" were M-24 Chaffees. They were no match for T-34/85s. (Interestingly, they were attached to "heavy" tank battalions.) They were followed by M4 "Easy-Eight" Shermans. The first US Marine-outfits to arrive had M-26 Pershings.

    You are correct that after the NK offensive was stopped, and we were regaining ground in counter-offensives, most of the tankers were shooting fire-missions in support of troops, and not fighting tank vs tank actions.

    Tim
     
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    korea

    Talking to friends of the 8th.Hussars and Bays transfered to them, they reckon the tank that outclassed all else in Korea was the Cent.
     
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    I think I can agree with that.
     
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    What I have read suggests that the T-34/85 and the Sherman Easay Eight (76) were roughly comparable - and that both were outclassed by the M26 & Centurian
     
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    Most pics I've seen of knocked out T-34's were by aircraft.
     
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    Merlin:
    I agree the Centurian was likely unmatched in the Korean conflict.
    I'd be very interested in any insights of that era you might share... in public or private.

    My dad has a book of the First Cavalry Division--he was 82nd field artillery-- in Korea, and it is full of picture-plates of armor in action, artillery, battle aftermath. Lots of knocked-out T-34s and Shermans. 'Wish I had a scanner. Most are not commonly seen photos.
    US troops took a pasting in those early, desperate days. Many threw down their rifles and left all their gear in a rush to the rear. Five years of peacetime had resulted in understrength and soft occupation-troops too-used to the good-life in Japan. Man were they in for a shock when they met the well-trained and equipped NKA soldiers supported by armor.

    My impression is that most NKA armor--at least in the initial offensive--was knocked-out by artillery, air-support, and off-shore navy-guns along the western coast. We had no affective armor, bazookas nor suitable AT rounds for artillery in-theatre to take-on the T-34/85. Most outfits didn't even have AT mines or hand-grenades for that matter.

    Tim
     
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    The Easy Eight and Firefly are definetly the better looking Shermans, and apart from the Israeli Super Shermans the best realistion of the M$.

    The T-34/85 has had so much said about it, most good. If you look at the fact that you can get about 3 T-34's to one M4AE8 then you know the Sherman guys have a problem. One for one with US crews in them, no doubt WW2 veteran's I would pick the M4AE8 over North Korean's new to there mounts inside war surplus T-34/85's.

    Kym
     

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