WWII Tank Commander on How to Get Out of a Sherman if You’re Hit
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Lieutenant Colonel Don Carmichael joined the Army straight out of high school. After serving in WWII, he came back and served in Korea and Vietnam. That’s more than 30 years of service!
Usual Way Out
In case of emergencies, the co-driver would have to undo the escape hatch, drop it down, and crawl out through the hole.
Main Driver’s Turn
The driver had to climb over the transmission, under the tank gun, and out. But by then, you have wasted so much time, says Carmichael.
How He Did It
If the tank gets hit, you could go out the top as he did. Though it was definitely quicker, you’re still exposed to everyone when you come out.
Careful With Belts
In one instance, the co-driver wasn’t able to get out of his seat. Apparently, his pistol belt was caught on the mechanisms inside the tank. They had no choice but to leave him to die.