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The most potent weapon the US Army has in Tunisia for dealing with enemy tanks is the M10 tank destroyer. It has one job: to stalk and destroy enemy tanks.
The Allies have the fascists on the run in North Africa, but the fight is not over yet. The United States is the newest army to enter the war. They boast some of the best tanks in the world, backed up by well-equipped infantry, either marching to battle on foot or riding in half-tracks, and the latest deadly tank destroyers. Their troops are inexperienced, but they have trained hard and are eager to prove themselves. They will need to learn quickly, as they face a cunning and battle-hardened enemy.Click here to find out more about Fighting First...
The 3" GMC M10 Tank Destroyer was based on the medium tank M4A2 (diesel) and was armed with the 3” anti-tank gun. The turret only had a partial roof over its front third (on occasion in the field crews would add their own). The open top was to allow better visibility and easier servicing of the weapon, but at an obvious cost to protection. The hull and turret on the M10 both took advantage of sloped armour.
The M10 first saw action in Tunisia with the one Battalion serving during the campaign. The M3 Tank Destroyers were quickly removed from service after Tunisia and all SP Tank Destroyer Battalions serving in Sicily had had their vehicles replaced by the M10. Each Infantry and Armored Division was issued with one Tank Destroyer Battalion.