M36 GUN MOTOR CARRIAGE (General Jackson)

M36 GUN MOTOR CARRIAGE (General Jackson)
Image: M36 GMC (U.S. Army Centre Military History)
YearJuly 1944
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced1.722
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver & Assistant Driver)
Main Armament1 x 90mm L/53 M3 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight7.46m
Secondary Armament1 x .50 cal M2HB Heavy Machine Gun (AA Mount)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried47 x 90mm & 1000 x .50 cal
Combat Weight29.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.43m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing2.30m
Obstacle Clearance0.61m
Climbing Ability31°
RadioSCR 610
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 12mm.
Lower Hull Front: 12mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 12mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 12mm.
Hull Rear: 12mm.
Hull Top: 8mm.
Hull Bottom: 7mm.
Gun Mantlet: 76mm.
Turret Front: 25mm.
Turret Sides: 12mm.
Turret Rear: 12mm.
Turret Top: Open.
EngineFord GAA (Petrol)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range149 miles (240 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range111 miles (180 km)
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed30 mph (48 kph)
Maximum Cross Country Speed18 mph (29 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe M36 was mounted on the same chassis as the M10 but with a new specially designed turret. It was developed in hindsight by the designers who foresaw the threat of more heavily armoured German Tanks. The turret was opened topped but later models had a folding roof for overhead protection. The 90mm M3 Gun could engage Panthers and Tigers at ranges over 1000 yards, which made it a potent Tank Destroyer. The M36 saw service in World War Two and Korea.