Paul G asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

Anybody know if "Flail tanks" as used in ww2..were they armed or just a mine clearance vehicle?

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  • 6 months ago

    Flail tanks were armed, fully functional tanks (in the US forces, anyway), which simply had a flail attachment on the front. They were used extensively during the fight in Western France after D-Day and in smaller numbers during D-day itself.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Yes they were armed. Flail tanks were regular tanks with the flail attachment added on.

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  • xyzzy
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    6 months ago

    Most were armed. But a few like the British Valentine Scorpion II was a turretless vehicle with flail attachment but was never used operationally.

    • Tundra Rob
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      6 months agoReport

      "never used operationally" = "not used"

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes they were and they had guns

    Below is a Sherman Tank with a flail attached

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    There is no definitive answer because flail tanks (although eventually standardised) were also improvised by local RE and REME workshops in those cases it would often be the case that a tank with a damaged or inoperable weapon or turret was used.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes, they retained the main gun and MGs.

    As an aside, they proved excellent at clearing barbed-wire entanglements.

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  • 6 months ago

    Any pictures you look at of the Sherman crab flail tank show it retains the 75 mm gun.

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