|“||Did you see the range of their cannon? Lovely.
- Andrew Campbell, Tangling with Barbara
M10 Wolverine tank destroyers have a distinctive characteristic in their class: a turret! Slow, but nevertheless rotating, it allows its anti-tank gun to be fired while moving. Its powerful 76 mm gun can easily pierce through most first generation medium or heavy tanks, even at very long range.
Though it is effective against tanks and quite mobile, the M10 is also expensive, lightly armored, and lacks high-explosive shells or a machine-gun. It should always be covered by a tank, or anti infantry unit of some kind.
The M10 Tank Destroyer, formally 3-Inch Gun Motor Carriage, M10, was a United States tank destroyer of World War II based on the chassis of the M4 Sherman tank. It was numerically the most important U.S. tank destroyer of World War II and combined a reasonably potent anti-tank weapon with a turreted platform, unlike the previous M3 Gun Motor Carriage, whose gun was capable of only limited traverse. (movement independent of the vehicle) Despite the introduction of more-powerful types as replacements, it remained in service until the end of the war, and in fact, some of those replacements were modified and/or rebuilt from the M10 itself.
It was christened the Wolverine by the British, although unlike other vehicle names such as the M4 Sherman, the name was not adopted by American soldiers, who called it TD (a nickname for any tank destroyer in general) beyond its formal designation.
The main advantage of the M10 Wolverine is its ability to fire whilst moving; a great asset to overpower turret-less tank destroyers. However, the Wolverine has no high-explosive shells or machine guns, meaning it cannot engage enemy Infantry or Bunkers. Despite their powerful gun, Wolverines are 'Glass Cannons', as their armor is only fifteen millimetres thick; tissue paper compared to the armor of medium and heavy tanks.
Their limited range, only 400m, is a important limitation when facing advanced tanks, especially German ones. When facing long-ranged tanks, like the Panther, the M10 will often get destroyed before it can fire due to the thin armor.
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