Iraqi Sherman tank

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    DefendAmerica News - Article

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE RAIDER, TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2004 – Standing at the main gate of Forward Operating Base Raider, a World War II Sherman tank, captured and restored by soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, keeps a constant vigil.

    The tank was found along a main highway, at the beginning of the war, near Forward Operating Base Speicher at an abandoned Iraqi armored vehicle school.

    By the order of Col. James Hickey, commanding officer for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, the vintage Sherman tank was loaded onto a heavy equipment transport trailer and taken to Forward Operating Base Raider, where it was restored by mechanics from the 4th Forward Support Battalion.

    “To the Iraqis, it was a symbol of superiority over our armor based on what they thought America had,” said Capt. Andy Sanchez, commander for 1st Brigade Headquarters and Headquarter Company, 4th Infantry Division.

    To have a piece of American equipment proved their dominance, added the native of Corpus Christi, Texas.


    The Sherman tank was in good condition. The most notable damage was in the tracks. According to Sanchez, the mechanics welded a steel plate to the corroded tracks to compensate for the damage.

    The M4-A3HVSS Sherman tank was one of the most widely produced in its time, said Sanchez, who has a mechanized infantry background.

    Its weapon systems consist of a 105-millimeter cannon, two .30-caliber machine-guns and a U.S.-made, .50-caliber machine-gun, which was captured separately from the Iraqi Army, and later mounted atop the turret.

    When the 4th Infantry Division redeploys later this year, the tank will most likely be taken back to be displayed at a museum at Fort Hood, Texas, said Sanchez.

    With its pristine hull, original engine and full compliment of weapons, the vintage Sherman is an eloquent symbol of pride for the soldiers of the brigade.

    “To us it symbolizes taking back what rightly belongs to us – repatriating our equipment, if you will,” Sanchez said.
     

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    Camp Speicher....

    Spent 14 months in that **** hole.
     
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    Let me guess... tons of hot chicks, cheap cold beer with an ocean view?
     
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    How did you guess?
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :( :( :(

    thank you for your sacrifice
     
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    Nice article. Good post comiso.
     
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    thanks
     
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    i was expecting this to be a story of how the Iraqi army was still using the Sherman in comabt because they were so short on equiptment!
     
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    They would soak up hellfires, tows, and 120mm rounds just the same as that russian crap they used.
     
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    :mad: Vintage Shermans soaking up just about anything explosive makes me cringe at the waste
     
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    wow that is cool that it survived so long in Iraq
     
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    Shermans may not have been the best armoured or best armed tanks of WW2 but they were robust and built to last.
     
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    One of the beauties of the design. Very mechanically sound.
     
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    Great to see an old veteran returning from being captured for so long (so to speak).
     
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    the 105mm cannon almost looks like a TOW launcher
     
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    Wonder whether you could load TOW missiles with a wing-flip delay in there... Might have been a good experiment. I know that they unearthed whole MiG-29 Fulcrums and MiG-17 Frescos out of the sand. I think there was an article somewhere on this site with the pictures of that....
     
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    They unearthed Mig-25 Foxbats...

    One was found at my camp which was an Iraqi Airforce Base that we captured.
     
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    Yep, makes you wonder how big his airforce is and why they were never used...
     
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    He (His) does not have an airforce anymore.

    The Iraqi Airforce was not used because it would have been destroyed as soon at it took to the sky.
     
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    Okay, but still I don't think we have found everything. As for being destroyed very easily if Sadam had Mig-25 Foxbats those things were always going to be hard to catch... Mach 3 after all is a very fast top speed. Perhaps Sadam didn't have any missiles for them though and that is why they got buried...
     
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