This going to be another fix 'n restore-project. This time it is an AFV Club M5A1 early production, in need of some TLC.
And I can combine it with an idea I have been having for a long time; dedicate a build to those lesser known soldiers. Those that history has a tendency to forget.
So this will also be an homeage to the “black soldier”, represented in the form of the 761st tankbattalion, the first “black” unit to see combat and who distinguished themselves through that.
Great subject and unit choice Ron. I’ve seen several Sherman’s done in Black Panther markings, but never before a Stuart. I believe that Bison/Star makes a set of decals for some tanks from that battalion.
Very nice job Ron and great subject matter too. I always wanted to do a Sherman from this unit and seeing how I have about 8-10 Sherman’s in my stash I may have to dedicate one to that unit.
I never heard the nickname Scott before. You learn something new all the time on this site!
On November 11, 1944. The US Ordnance Department recommended that the M8 HMC be named the Scott, after General Winfield Scott, but it wasn’t truly adopted.
General Scott was known as “Grand Old Man of the Army” and “Old Fuss and Feathers”.
He was instrumental in the victory against Mexico during the Mecxican-American War and helped created the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which added California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma and parts of Wyoming to the United States.
Photo’s of 761st vehicles are few and of Stuarts I can only find the shown 4, but it looks like all but the original M3 were used. Markings vary quite a bit too, but nothing out of the ordinary, it would seem.
I find the mudguards are bridgeclassification on the M3A3 noteworthy.
The M5A1 I am using as a guide seems to have some rope wound around the hull? And big letters on the sides.
The rope you mention is a steel tow cable and visible with the eye hanging near the right side drive sprocket. In US Tank Battalions after 1943, the M5 and M3 light tanks were all placed in D company, while A,B, and C companies were equipped with M4 Shermans. So your bumper codes would likely read 3A 761^ D-xx
It is the early production M5A1 I have, so I’ll use that.
The rope, or 4 of them, I meant go around the hull horizontally and along the side, partially covering the B-16 markings. (Blue arrows)
I have some more questions with regards to the image in question.
Is that an early gunshield? Green arrow
If the Stuart was only in D-company, then why the B-16 numbers? Red arrow.
It seems to be an M5A1, due to the little “hump” over the enginecompartment. Yet I think I see a lot of stowage on the rear. Yellow arrow.
And the wheels are the closed/disk version. Orange arrow.
Picture is taken in the summer. That would mean either training, up to 1944, or Germany 1945.
The more combat experience a unit had, the less prominent that their markings tended to become over time in the ETO. If you compare 2nd Armored Division from the time that they landed in Normandy shortly after D-Day to how they looked by VE Day 11 months later, it was a big change. The stars and large tactical ID numbers and letters pretty much disappeared except for air ID markings.