Best Infantry Support Tank of WW2

Apr 2017
989
U.S.A.
#1
What was the best infantry support tank of ww2? By infantry support, I mean providing fire support against various non armored vehicle targets such as bunkers, machinegun nests, mortars, snipers and other non-tank targets. Generally high velocity guns performed poorer in this role than low velocity and armor was less important, so possible candidates would include the M4 Sherman and the Panzer IV.
 
Jan 2015
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Rupert's Land ;)
#5
What was the best infantry support tank of ww2? By infantry support, I mean providing fire support against various non armored vehicle targets such as bunkers, machinegun nests, mortars, snipers and other non-tank targets. Generally high velocity guns performed poorer in this role than low velocity and armor was less important, so possible candidates would include the M4 Sherman and the Panzer IV.
Sherman was not an ideal infantry tank.

Armour was definitely important, as supporting offensive infantry operations would often involve assaulting enemy fortifications and defense lines which would almost always have AT guns.

One of the best infantry tanks would be the Valentine mk. XI, although unfortunately it didn't appear until 1944.
Slower, but with strong armour and mounting a 75mm gun. The Soviets used Valentine's for infantry support, and appreciated it's reliability and low profile.

Cheaper to produce than a Tiger or Churchill tank.

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Sep 2012
3,680
Bulgaria
#6
This is British military concept / they developed it before the war. These type of tanks are with good armor and relatively slow speed in order the infantry to keep up, armed with smaller guns capable of destroying machine gun nests, ergo designed to support and protect the infantry. The US, USSR and Germany used mainly regular tanks for these purposes, so the only 'pure' infantry tanks are - mentioned above British Churchill & Valentine and also Matilda.
 
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Apr 2017
989
U.S.A.
#10
Sherman was not an ideal infantry tank.

Armour was definitely important, as supporting offensive infantry operations would often involve assaulting enemy fortifications and defense lines which would almost always have AT guns.

One of the best infantry tanks would be the Valentine mk. XI, although unfortunately it didn't appear until 1944.
Slower, but with strong armour and mounting a 75mm gun. The Soviets used Valentine's for infantry support, and appreciated it's reliability and low profile.

Cheaper to produce than a Tiger or Churchill tank.
Interesting, it does seem to fit the role well.
 

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