Shown are two of the new M-18 tank destroyers during training exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. This training was meant to simulate river crossings, and beach landings, which many of the units would be required to accomplish. A Signal Corps photo.
Here the men of two M-18 tank destroyers, shown in the previous photo, display their meager fish catch from the Gulf waters. The M18s were designed to move through high water and approved for up to 48" of water but they were not completely water tight. A Signal Corps photo.
An M36 of the 607th in Tettingen, Germany, taken on January 15, 1945. A Signal Corps photo courtesy of Darren Neely.
A Signal Corps photo taken on January 10, 1945, near Marcouary, Belgium. The M18 shown belongs to the 638th who, at the time, were fighting to reduce the Bulge in the Ardennes. Courtesy of Darren Neely.
An M10 of the 654th overturned near Nancy, France, on September 27, 1944. A Signal Corps photo provided courtesy of Darren Neely.
Sgt. Donald K. Crawford, Epsy, Pennsylvania and Sgt. Leroy W. Hirst, Glochester, New York, members of the 692nd TD Bn, kneel behind their M36 and inspect some captured German small arms near Cologne, Germany, on March 6, 1945. Signal Corps photo courtesy of Darren Neely.
A member of the 702nd inspects the front of the M10 for damage on October 10, 1944. Note the hedge-row cutter attached to the transmission cover. A Signal Corps photo courtesy of Darren Neely.
The left track of this M36, belonging to the 702nd, is being repaired or replaced. At the time, the unit was in the midst of Battle of the Bulge, fighting off the German offensive, in the vicinity of Lohere, Belgium. A Signal Corps photo courtesy of Darren Neely.
An M18 from the 705th TD Bn. takes on ammunition near Brest, France. The unit's markings identify it as the 14th vehicle in Company B, while the 705th was under 3rd Army control. Photo is dated August 26, 1944. A Signal Corps photo provided courtesy of Darren Neely.
An M10 of the 809th TD Bn. is receiving some in-field repairs to the drive system. The view is of the front with the turret rotated to the rear. The unit's transmission cover has been removed for access to key areas of the drive system. The location is identified as Eschweiler, Germany, and is dated November 27, 1944. A Signal Corps photo provided courtesy of Darren Neely.
Damaged M18s of the 811th look as if a house fell on them at Kassel, Germany. The Signal Corps photo is dated April 4, 1945. Courtesy of Darren Neely.
A close-up of the turret of an M10 belonging to the 813th. A Signal Corps photo taken near Soultz, France on January 4, 1945. Note the make-shift cover over a portion of the turret. Courtesy of Darren Neely.
Another view of the same turret shows the turret cover made out of steel plate, early counterweights at the rear and the additional armor attachment points, which were never used. At the time, the 813th was near Soultz, France. A Signal Corps photo courtesy of Darren Neely.
Because the M18 was new to the European Theater and utilized a torsion bar suspension and muzzle brake, similar to the German tanks, it was important to familiarize allied troops with its design so they would not fire at it. This M18 was parked along the road near Julich, Germany, so that passing troops could get a good look at it. A sign identifies that the muzzle brake was painted red to further distinguish it. This TD was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division. Signal Corps photo taken on February 24, 1945, provided courtesy of Darren Neely.
A photo of an M10 being transported via flatbed, in what is believed to be the Tlemcen, in Northern Algeria. The photo comes originally from the collection of Dr. Gayland Lyle Hagelshaw who commanded the 32nd Station Hospital from May 23rd and June 23, 1943. The photo is provided courtesy of Lowell Silverman who runs a website about the hospital where his grandfather was assigned. You can see it here.