Nicolas “The Chieftain” Moran has posted a new article over in his “Chieftain’s Hatch” section of the World of Tanks online forum. This article looks at minutes of a meeting that the Armored Board held on 17th May 1944 which he dug up while searching in the Archives. These particular meeting minutes deal with the 90mm armed M4 Sherman, a vehicle that only existed as a single prototype. This vehicle has been mentioned before, particularly in ‘Armored Thunderbolt” by Steven Zaloga, where he states that a Sherman tank equipped with the turret and 90mm gun of the T26 was rejected due to the fact that it would not enter production any sooner than the T26. This is confirmed in the minutes dug up by the Chieftain. It is also interesting that General Barnes (Head of Ordnance) states that the production of 90mm guns is the bottleneck in the construction of these tanks. The production of 90mm guns was completely stopped; it must be started again from the beginning.
The full article can be read here.