The M10 Tank Destroyer in WWII in 18 Pictures!

The M10 tank destroyer was a World War II United States tank destroyer which was based on the chassis of the M4 Sherman tank, it was fitted with the 3-inch (76.2 mm) Gun M7. Formally called the “3-inch Gun Motor Carriage, M10”, it was the most important U.S. tank destroyer of the second world war and it combined a reasonable adequate anti-tank weapon with a turreted platform.

Even tough more-powerful tank destroyers were introduced to replace it, it remained in service until the end of the war. The chassis was later reused with a new turret to create the M36 Jackson, which used a 90mm gun instead of the 76.2mm gun.

The British christened it the Wolverine, but unlike other vehicle names like the M4 Sherman, the American Soldiers did not adopt the name, who simply called it a TD (a nickname for any tank destroyer in general) beyond its formal designation.

M10 tank destroyer on a training maneuver in the United States, Mar 1943

An US Army soldier practicing throwing a grenade from a foxhole toward a M10 tank destroyer, Camp Carson, Colorado, United States, 24 Apr 1943

British troops taking shelter near a M10 Wolverine tank destroyer, Normandy, France, 6 Jun 1944

Medics tending the wounded by a Churchill AVRE vehicle of UK Royal Engineers 5th Assault Regiment, Sword Beach, Normandy, France, 6 Jun 1944; M10 Wolverine tank destroyer of 20th Anti-Tank Regiment

American M10 Wolverine tank destroyer firing near Saint-Lô, France, Jul 1944

M10 Wolverine tank destroyers of 75th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery of British 11th Armoured Division crossing a Bailey bridge over the Meuse-Escaut (Maas-Schelde) Canal at Lille St Hubert, Belgium, 20 Sep 1944

M10 Wolverine tank destroyer of US 773rd Tank Destroyer Battalion crossing the Saar River outside Dillingen, Germany, Dec 1944

Two American M10 tank destroyers in France during World War II.

United States’ M10 Gun Motor Carriage tank destroyer in North Africa

M10 3″ Gun Motor Carriage tank destroyer with the 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion and a M4 Sherman with the 743rd Tank Battalion with a Culin hedgerow cutter

M10 3″ Gun Motor Carriage tank destroyer with the 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Fifth Army infantry patrol on M10 tank destroyer and jeeps cross bridge in Rome, Italy. 4 June 1944. Jeep of a two-star general is parked to the right.

M10 Tank Destroyer of the 818th Tank Destroyer Bn., supports 5th Infantry Division troops, near Fountainebleau, France, 23 August 1944. Soldier in foreground is carrying a bazooka.

Refueling the M10 Wolverine in a Field in Normandy
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Tenth Mountain Division M-10 Tank Destroyer emerges from the woods, Italy, 1945

M-10 Tank Destroyer of the 645th TD Bn, 45th Division (7th Army), pushes through a roadblock, Lembach, France, 14 December 1944.

An M-10 tank destroyer of the Fifth Army, 92nd Division passes a destroyed church as it moves forward to a new position, Quercia, Italy, 8 February 1945

M-10 Tank Destroyer carrying soldiers of the 45th Division enters Bourg, France, 4 September 1944. Retreating Germans abandoned the town about 4 hours earlier, taking all the bicycles with them.


Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.