Manuals and Illustrations

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1.)   FM18-5 Tactical Employment Tank Destroyer Unit

2.)   FM18-5B Organization and Tactics of Tank Destroyer Units

3.)   FM18-15 Tank Destroyer Drill and Crew Drill  [3-Inch Gun Motor Carriage M10, 76-mm Gun Motor  Carriage T70, 3-Inch Towed Gun (Gun M5 and Carriage M1)]

4.)   FM18-18 Tank Destroyer Crew Drill, Gun Motor Carriage, M36 - December 1944.  This particular manual is not in it's original format but has been re-typed.  It is located on the http://www.lonesentry.com/ website.

5.)   FM18-20 Tactical Employment of Tank Destroyer Platoon Self-Propelled

6.)   FM18-21 Tank Destroyer Towed Gun Platoon

7.)   FM18-22 Tank Destroyer Reconnaissance Platoon

8.)   FM18-24 Tank Destroyer Pioneer Platoon

9.)   FM30-40 Recognition, Pictorial Manual, Armored Vehicles

10.)   TM9-1295 Cal. .45 Automatic Pistol M1911 and M1911A1

11.)  M-10 Interior Illustration - RH Side.

        M-10 Interior Illustration - Rear and LH Side.

        M-10 Interior Illustration - Front 

12.)  TDS-110 Handbook for Officer Candidates, May 1943.  This document provided courtesy of Erwin Verholen.

13.)  TDS-111 Reference Data - TD Units, May, 1943.  This document provided courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

13.)  Noncommissioned Officers' Handbook, April 1943.  This document provided courtesy of Erwin Verholen.

14.)  TDS-107 Functional Organization Charts, May 1943.  This document provided courtesy of Erwin Verholen.

15.)  Browning .50 Cal. Machine Gun Training Manual.  Published by the Weapons Department of the Tank Destroyer School, Camp Hood, TX.  This document provided courtesy of Erwin Verholen.

16.)  Browning .30 Cal. Machine Gun Training Manual.  Published by the Weapons Department of the Tank Destroyer School, Camp Hood, TX.  This document provided courtesy of Larry Potter.

17.)  M1 .30 Cal. Carbine Manual - Published by the Weapons Department of the Tank Destroyer School, Camp Hood, TX. Provided courtesy of Henry Anderson.

18.)  Battle Plays for Tank Destroyers. Published by the Tank Destroyer Center. This document provided courtesy of Erwin Verholen.

19.)  Tank Destroyer Umpire Charts - providing graphic illustrations of the Rules, Fire-Power and Penalties identified in FM-105-5, dated April 23, 1942. Provided courtesy of Henry Anderson and Karen O'Connell.

20a.)  TDS-104 Voice Procedure. Published by the Dept. of Communications, Tank Destroyer School, March 1943.  This document courtesy of Erwin Verholen. 

20b.)  TDS-104 Voice Procedure Corrections - A 2 page supplement dated May 12, 1943, providing corrections to the Voice Procedure publication. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

21.)  TDS 105-11 Tank Destroyer Weapons 75mm Gun on Motor Carriage M3A1, March 1943. Published by the Tank Destroyer School Weapons Department.  This document provided courtesy of Erwin Verholen.

22.)  Tank Destroyer Gunnery Manual.  Published by the Tank Destroyer School in August of 1943.  This document provided courtesy of Larry Potter.

         Section 1 - Cover to Page 50

         Section 2 - Page 51 to 100

         Section 3 - Page 101 to 150

         Section 4 - Page 151 to 192

23.)  Tank Hunting Tactics - Document is identified as an orientation lecture, given to each battalion, at the outset of their instruction.  The document and lecture was given by Lt. Col. Gordon T. Kimbrell.  The document provided courtesy of Brad Cramer.

24.)  3 Inch Gun, M7 on M10 G.M.C. -  A 10 page errata or corrections document published on May 18, 1943, to identify errors in the the original document File W-275-282, from the Destroyer Section, Weapons Department of the Tank Destroyer School, Camp Hood Texas, March 6, 1943. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

25.)  3 inch towed Gun M1 - A 10 page document providing specifications, assembly and disassembly, function and malfunction, care and cleaning and ammunition characteristics. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

26.)  37mm Gun M3 - A 61 page document, file # W-110-140, published by the Weapons Department of the Tank Destroyer School at Camp Hood, Texas, on December 1, 1942. The document provides files W-250 through W-274 which detail all areas of the gun and its use. There is a section on the M-6 telescopic sight and its use. The document also includes a worksheet and 7 page test. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

27.)  General Care & Cleaning of Weapons - A 4 page document to provide information relating to some of the extreme condition the troops may encounter and help them to deal with the the adverse effects on their weapons, including desert, jungles, extreme cold, salt air and gas attacks. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder. 

28.)  Fire Control Instruments - A 10 page document, file W-202, providing information relating to the various items the men would be using for identifying targets as well as assuring accurate firing of the guns including Field Glasses, Lensatic Compass, Gunner's Quadrant, Telescopic Sights M-6, M-51 and M-33 and Sight Mount M19. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

29.)  Indirect Conduct of Fire Note Page - A form used by a forward observer to document results of indirect fire during training. Courtesy of Henry Anderson.

30.)  Occupation of Position of Readiness - A 5 page table describing the procedure for the preparation and actual movement of an M10 tank destroyer into a position. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

31.)  Reconnaissance Conference Outline - A 6 page outline of subjects discussed relating to the techniques, responsibilities, employment of elements of the tank destroyer reconnaissance company. References include, FM 18-5, FM 17-20, FM 2-15, FM 21-45, FM 100-5, FM 31-20 and FM 31-25. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

32.)  Safety Precautions for Classroom & Range Conduct - A 6 page document by the Weapons Department of the Tank Destroyer School, published March 8, 1943, providing information to minimize accidental injuries and fatalities. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

33.)  TDS 105-12 Supplement - This 2 page document provides information relating to developments in material, technique and tactics for the 37-mm gun, antitank, M3, on the M6 Motor Carriage, since the original publication of TDS 105-12.  Changes are effective om June 14, 1943. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

34.)  Critique of Tank Destroyer Operations - A 12 page document for the review of a mission, actions of personnel and radio nets, including diagrams. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.

35.)  Vehicle Identification Charts - A 7 page document to aid in the identification of U.S, British, German, French, Italian and Japanese vehicles. Provided courtesy of Samuel Snyder.