M10 Gun Motor Carriage near Metz, 1944

M10 Gun Motor Carriage near Metz, 1944

Here we see an M10 Gun Motor Carriage in action at Fort Koenigsmacher, in the Metz sector. This was a German fort that had been built while Alsace and Lorraine were part of Germany, and was one of three forts around Thionville. The French maintained the fort after the First World War and used it to provide extra support to the Maginot Line. In November 1944 the Germans used it during the battle for Metz. In November it was the target for the US 90th Division. The Germans used the fort as an observation post, directing artillery that hit the Americans as they crossed the Moselle.

This picture shows the winter winter camouflage that was used on some M10 Tank Destroyers during the winter of 1944-45. We can also see the sloped sides of the M10 superstructure. One unusual feature is the cover over the back of the turret - this looks to be some sort of tent that has been installed to provide protection from the weather.

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (24 February 2014), M10 Gun Motor Carriage near Metz, 1944 , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_m10_gmc_metz.html

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