Despite not being actively involved in the conflict, Americans learned many relevant things from the early offensives of World War II, especially from German Blitzkrieg tactics. The massive concentrations of tanks employed by the Germans made the American generals realize that it was necessary to develop anti-tank weapons that would serve as an effective barrier to these attacks. For this purpose, the development of the M10 was requested.
Almost 5,000 M10 Destroyer units were built throughout the war (between 1942 and 1944). The M10 mounted a 76.2mm M7 gun in a rotating turret (open top) supported on a modified Sherman M4 chassis, had 50 mm frontal armor and could reach a top road speed of 50 km/h.
The M10 Destroyer proved very effective in the fight in North Africa against the German Panzer III and Panzer IV medium tanks and, despite becoming obsolete compared to the more modern tanks used by the Nazis in the second half of the conflict, continued in service until the end of the war.
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