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Inconceivable05 Mar 2022 9:40 a.m. PST

What was its main purpose? Also, could the commander fire it in all directions without getting out of the hatch?

enfant perdus05 Mar 2022 9:48 a.m. PST

It was intended for anti-air defense. Firing it in almost any direction meant climbing out of the turret.

JimDuncanUK05 Mar 2022 11:49 a.m. PST

British forces tended to unship the .50 cal as AA cover was provided by other units.

batesmotel3405 Mar 2022 2:45 p.m. PST

The .50 cal was originally intended for AA use but with increasing Allied air superioritycould be used against ground targets as well. The mount was orignally located on the rotating commander's cupola so did not require getting out of the tank to fire in most directions. The move to a pintle at the rear of the turret was a relatively late design change.

See the 75mm and 76mm turrent photos at link for examples.
chris

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2022 3:14 p.m. PST

I read somewhere that the British tended not to even bother putting them on.

Black Bull05 Mar 2022 3:25 p.m. PST

Not much in the way of German air attack late war to be worried about and slows down leaving the vehicle if hit.

Martin Rapier07 Mar 2022 12:34 a.m. PST

Something else for the crew to strip and clean each day….

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