From: Bristol, UK
First a couple of quotes:
In previous campaigns, the Motor Platoons had been carried in 15-cwt personnel trucks. In the months prior to D-Day however, these were replaced on a one-on-one basis by US supplied halftracks...This important change was never incorporated into the War Establishment table...enterprising units took the opportunity to increase their firepower even further, taking advantage of the halftrack’s machine gun mounts to add 0.50 cal Browning machine guns often discarded by Sherman equiped Armoured Regiments.’ [Gary Kennedy, British Army of World War Two, War Establishment Tables, Northwest Europe June 1944 – May 1945, Vol II, pp.138-189.]
We stayed for about three days at the FDS. The Regiment was fighting fiercely but our orders were to remain here and to re-equip ourselves. This we did by appropriating one of the brand-new Shermans that were lined up there, armed with a 75-millimetre gun and two (my italics) machine-guns. [Stuart Hills, By Tank into Normandy, Cassell, 2002, p 86]
The advantages of the M4 were that it had two (my italics) machine-guns (there was just one on the Firefly)...[Stuart Hills, By Tank into Normandy, Cassell, 2002, p 96]
The point I'm trying to make is that the British, at least, tended not to mount the 0.50 cal HMG on their Shermans. Whilst I can find wartime pictures of Shermans mounting the 0.50 cal HMG, the majority, as far as I can tell, don't show this weapon mounted. I wonder whether the default in BTFB ought to be no HMG. Any thoughts?
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