The M36 "Jackson" or “Slugger” tank destroyer carried the most powerful US antitank weapon to see combat in WWII, the M3 90mm gun. It was known as Jackson or Slugger by the British, after the Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, but this name did not see use during the war, and only became popular decades later in the 1970s.
The M36 Tank Destroyer came in France, September 1944. Replaced M10. The high velocity converted AA gun with AP ammunition, could destroy Panthers and Tigers at long range. The M36 was the only Allied vehicle which could consistently take on even the final and most powerful German panzers, such as the King Tiger (the Königstiger) Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger II or the Jadgpanther tank destroyer.
M36 number 300 (7/31/44). Lovely restoration inside and out. 80% good rubber chevron tracks [Via]
Like all US Tank Destroyers, the turret was open-topped to save weight and facilitate maximum observation for the commander and crew at the long ranges at which engagements with enemy tanks were envisioned by the designers. Unfortunately, it also meant that the turrent crews were vulnerable to shrapnel from above.. Postwar, a folding armored roof kit was developed to provide some protection from shell fragments, as with the M10. The M36 had a large bustle at the rear of its turret which provided a counterweight for the main gun. Eleven additional rounds of ammunition were stored inside the counterweight.
Running on aT54 V12 diesel (completely overhauled). Seller has a GAA for sale separately [Via]
A total of 2,324 vehicles manufactured from November 1943 through September 1945.
- Height: 10.4 feet.
- Width: 10 feet.
- Length: 19.6 feet.
- Weight: 30.5 tons.
- Front: 1.5 inches
- Side: .75 inches
- Turret Front: .75 inches
- Turret Side: .75 inches
- Mantlet (Armored shield on front of turret): 3 inches
Speed and Operational Range:
- Maximum Speed: 26 mph (road); 5 - 20 mph cross-country.
- Combat radius (how far one can go on a tank of gasoline): 155 miles (road); 110 miles cross-country.
- Main Gun: 90mm M3 Muzzle velocity: 2,800 feet per second.
- Anti-aircraft Machine Gun: .50-caliber.