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Re: US Equipment Designations

Postby Gunter_Viezenz » Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:25 pm

Hoosier wrote:Then there was the WW2-era P-38 can-opener.
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P-38 issused to every pilot would look great message to 'accidentally' fall into enemy hands.
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Re: US Equipment Designations

Postby JCalhoun » Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:46 am

I have one of those can openers. Fits on my keychain.
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Re: US Equipment Designations

Postby Ricky » Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:46 pm

Ricky wrote:just because there is always one exception - why were the variants of the M7 'Priest' designated as M7B1 and M7B2 instead of M7A1?


Looking at www.tankhistory.com ...

tankhistory.com wrote:The letter "A" folowing the number designation represented interior or exterior imporovements and modifications to a piece of equipment. The letter "B" following the number designation represented a further change.
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Re: US Equipment Designations

Postby Ricky » Fri Oct 24, 2014 2:22 pm

Apologies for digging up a really old topic...

Ricky wrote:And even different types of vehicles. During WW2 you had:

Light Tank M3
Medium Tank M3
Scout Car M3
Halftrack M3

all in service at the same time.


Reading through a book the other day I discovered that when the Light Tank M3 was modified enough to become the Light Tank M5, they deliberately did not call it the M4 to avoid confusion with the Medium tank M4
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Re: US Equipment Designations

Postby JCalhoun » Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:27 pm

However the US also had
M-1 Rifle (Garand)
M-1 Carbine
M-1 Sub Machine Gun (Thompson)
M-1 Helmet

There was also the M-3 Medium tank (Lee/Grant).
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