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Sherman Tank nick names

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by Frankolin48, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. Frankolin48

    Frankolin48 New Member

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    I'm throwing this out there on this forum just for some bizarre case I might get lucky.
    My Uncle George was a tank commander. I'm really not sure what the Tank leader was called so I'll just say commander, anyway My Uncles tank was called Butcher Boy, there may have even been a Butcher Boy II uncertain. My Grandfather was a Butcher. I'm looking for a photo of his tank. Ive pretty much scoured Google. But besides looking for a photo that may or may not exist, Would anyone on this forum know if the Government or War Department ever produced a list of all U.S. Sherman Tank crews perhaps a serialized list of the actual tanks, and the crews who were assigned to them?
    Any information provided would be greatly appreciated..Thank You.
     
  2. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Do you know the tank unit with which he served?
     
  3. Dave55

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    I think the British routinely named individual tanks, maybe to help identifying them on radio?

    Hope some of our British pals can help
     
  4. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WWII Veteran

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    British tanks were NEVER called by their nickname but ALWAYS, on the radio net, by their call sign, for example, Charlie 4

    One favourite nickname for the tanks with which I fought was Semper in Excretum, Dog Latin for Always in the Shxt :)

    Ron
     
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    The "Nicknames" were never official nomenclature, however (for US units) there was the rule that the first letter of the nickname corresponded to the company to which the tank was assigned. So Charlie Company might have: California Girl, Copacabana, Chicago, etc.
     
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    So maybe Frankolin's uncle's tank was in B company?

    Ron:

    I didn't know the significance of nickname vs call sign, thanks. Were the names painted on the outside of the tanks the call sign? For example, the Churchills Bert and Bill on the Dieppe raid?
     
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    The tank leader-usually a Sargent of s/ Sargent -was called the tank commander.

    USMCprice was correct about the first letter matching the company. Uncle George was in "B" company.
    Each Armored Regiment had a B company and it was usually attached to the 2nd battalion. In the 1st and 2nd Armored Divisions there were only two regiments and B Company happened to be light tanks. ( these two divisions were the only "heavy" divisions with two regiments--the rest had three.)
    So there were a lot of B Companies in the armored forces-- you need to find out what Armored Regiment he was with.
    If we know the regiment number, we would know the division and the battalion.
     
  10. Poppy

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    The title is a little misleading. Came here thinking a long list of nicknames for the Sherman was in order.
    Not to be callous, but "The Ronson" was probably the most common nickname. maybe.
     
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    I can remember a thread that listed the nicknames of a lot of tanks but couldn't find it using the search thingy.
    The amphibious crafts also had names-- my brother's LCT was " Son of a Beach".
     
  12. TIRDAD

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    My Uncle is a Iran/Iraq war veteran who served in Sherman tank company of 92nd Armoured division...

    he sayes before 1979, his tank has a name on the hull: "K. S. Attkinson"

    and another one was " R. F. S. A. " and a german form name was "F. v. Schreder"

    are they tank commanders names?

    or something else?
     
  13. Poppy

    Poppy grasshopper

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    Great bits TIRDAD.
    What model Sherman did your uncle ride in?
    The Israelis really up armoured theirs, and kept in inventory for a long time.
    Did Iran use M60's or other period tanks?
     
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    Greetings POPPY,

    A Brittish M4A3E2 "Jumbo". a 76 mm gun.

    of course, he was trained as an Artillery Frontline Obserever and Gunner of Sherman 105 mm Howitser.

    M60`s were in reserve in 1979 and 1980.

    Iran used ww2 Equipmints on 1980,

    M8 Scott - M10 Wolverine - Variants of Sherman tank - Chiftain tanks - M 3 haftracks - M 113 (some were equiped with TOW missiles) IFV.

    Also Heavier Jakson (M 36 Slugger) TDs were in reserve.
     
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    Possibly the best nickname for a Sherman ever:

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    nice photo,

    which unit is this?
     
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    It's a Marine Corps tank, probably at Iwo Jima. The camo helmet cover in the foreground, yellow lettering and tactical marking above BE (looks like a D on it's back) are dead giveaways.
     
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    Yeah, USMCP, looks like volcanic ash/sand from Iwo.
    Is the tank Beelzebub? I don't get it. A demon, but spelled wrong.
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. It seems the center horizontal stem of the E has been removed.
     
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    My grandfather was a Sherman tank commander in the European theater in WW2. He was from Massachusetts and was in C Company with the 717th tank battalion. He always would tell me that he and crew called their tank The Coffin and wrote it on the side of the tank! Would love to find a pic of his tank. However I did find a pic of his whole 717th battalion. If anyone has anymore info on this I’d greatly appreciate it.
     

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