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Tank Recovery Vehicle, M32
M32 Tank Recovery Vehicle, or M32 TRV, was a variant of the M4 Sherman Medium Tank chassis with turret fixed in place and the installation of an 18 foot A-frame crane and 60,000 lb winch. The M32 Tank Recovery Vehicle slowly replaced the T2 (M31) Tank Recovery Vehicle, starting in 1944.
The A-frame crane was mounted to the front of the hull, but folded back to the rear in a horizontal position for travel or for towing. The winch on the M32 Tank Recovery Vehicle could be attached to a load in the front or rear, over the crane or direct. To prevent movement during lifting operations, track chocks were used since no spade was provided.
About 1562 units were built, the total of all variants and a number of manufacturers. U.S. Allies, including the British, received some of the M32 Tank Recovery Vehicles.
Vehicle, Tank Recovery, M32 Series (G-185)
The M32 TRV was produced as the T-5 prototype, then in a series of models, with first deliveries in March 1944. The models in this table were classified Standard or Limited Standard:
As the M4 Sherman evolved, the changes were passed on to the M32 TRV. The M32 and M32B-series were earlier models with tracks 16 9/16 in wide. The M32A1-series are later models with a 23 in wide track.
The armament of the M32 TRV consisted of a .50 cal. M2 machine gun on a turret ring mount, plus an M1919A4 .30 cal. machine gun in a ball mount in the right front of the hull. An 81mm mortar was mounted on the hull front, just ahead of the turret, to lay down obscuring smoke. The mortar was eliminated in later production.
Tank Recovery Vehicle, M32 Characteristics
Table based on M32A1 values. Other models had slightly different dimensions, different engines and other details.
Manuals for the Tank Recovery Vehicle, M32
These manuals listed for the Vehicle, Tank Recovery, M32 Series in TM 9-2800-1 dated February 1953.