I recently found a interesting collection of American evaluations of WWY
German and US gear, prepared for Eisenhower. I really enjoyed reading those
and wanted to share a sample of them with you guys. Link is in the description.
HENRY W. JOHNSON
CAPTAIN, COMPANY F, BETH ARMORED REGIMENT
Having never seen a tank, I am unable to compare it with the
German Mark V and Mark VI tanks. However, having had combat
experience with Sherman M's ( and ) I feel qualified to
compare them with the enemy tanks.
The wider tracks of the Mark V and Mark VI enables it to
move much better and in muddy or
terrain, than do the narrow tracks of the Sherman tank. The field
expedient of duck bills added to widen the Sherman tread, aids but
does not affect the advantage the German Mark V and Mark VI
tanks have. It is my opinion that the Mark V and Mark VI enemy
tank is far superior in maneuverability to our own Sherman tanks.
The higher muzzle velocity of the German tanks enable them to
far our Sherman tanks. I have seen them knock our tanks
out at ranges up to 1, 000 yards and know of no incident where a
Sherman tank has knocked out an Mark V or Mark VI tank at more
than 300 yards, Further, it is my opinion that the vast majority of
Mark V and Mark VI tanks knocked out have been destroyed by air
support, abandoned, or " a direct result of air attack. On the other
hand, per cent of' the tanks we have lost have been due to
enemy guns, tanks and guns. It is my opinion
that the 75 and as of the German tanks is far superior to
our own low muzzle velocity 75 and guns.
The silhouette of the Sherman tank is such that it is easily spot-
ted 2, 000 to was yards away, The silhouette presented by the
Sherman is far more perpendicular than that of the German Mark
V and Mark VI tanks, Seldom have I seen a shot ricochet from the
Sherman tank; however, often our ems have glanced harmlessly
off the German tanks' front slope and turrets- It is my opinion that
the silhouette presented by the Mark V and Mark VI German tanks
is far superior to that presented by our Sherman tank.
The slow cruising speed of the German tanks enable them to
move into position and slip up on our tanks much easier than the loud
noise of our own motors will enable us to move.
The German use of smokeless powder makes it very difficult
for us to pick them up when they lie in ambush, whereas the flash
of our own guns is easily discernible to an alert foe and may be
easily observed from a great distance, The heavy armor plate of the
Mark V and Mark VI tanks enable them to turn our shot, but our
armor is easily pierced by their more powerful guns.,
In general, it is my opinion that our Sherman tanks rank clum- __ "ttwtt
sily with the German Mark III and Mark IV tanks, and their Mark I",,', --,9. Ir (Ill Ill' f r .
V and Mark VI tanks are in a class by themselves, having a better faht,,. jett. lti, ilia " .),' l I '
silhouette, better armor, better flotation and maneuverability, far Marky "Tiger"
better guns with much better sight reticules, and superior aimini-