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Fisher Body Built M10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer Photos
Grand Blanc, MI
1942-Current

This page updated 4-1-2018.

The M10 and M10A1 were just two of several types of tanks and tank destroyers Grand Blanc built during WWII.  The M4A2, M4A3, M36, M36B1, and M26 were also included in its output.  For the complete story on both of these important vehicles, see my Grand Blanc, MI Tank Arsenal page shown above.

All of the Fisher Body built M10A1s, along with the Ford built M10A1s, were either converted to the M36 by Grand Blanc, Massey_Harris, ALCO, and Montreal Locomotive.   Others were converted to M35 prime movers by the Lima Tank Depot.  Therefore there are no M10A1s remaining in their original configuration, either Fisher Body or Ford.  See my M36 photo page for photos of Grand Blanc M10A1s converted into M36s.

Fisher Body marked its serial numbers on the rear towing eyelets.  I have included photos of the serial number for those M10s that I have been able to photograph.  In some cases, the paint was so thick over the numbers that nothing was legible, and those were not included.  For the remaining, the readability of the numbers ranges from minimal to excellent.

Fisher Body Grand Blanc M10 and M10A1 Production Statistics
Date Fisher Body Grand Blanc M10 Serial Numbers Registration numbers Contract Fisher Body Grand Blanc M10A1 Serial Numbers Registration numbers Contract
9-42 105 3-107 4040705-4040809 374-ORD-1880        
10-42 170 108-277 4040810-4040980          
11-42 137 278-414 4040980-4041116          
12-42 199 415-613 4041117-4041315          
1-43 276 614-889 4041316-4041591          
2-43 340 890-1229 4041592-4041931          
3-43 330 1230-1579 4041932-4042261          
4-43 243 1580-1802 4042262-4042504          
 
4-43 185 2839-3023 4081054-4081238 374-ORD-1880        
5-43 416 3024-3439 4081239-4081654          
6-43 400 3440-3899 4081654-4082054          
7.43 199 3840-4038 4082055-4082253          
 
7-43 203 5991-6313 40110110-40110312 374-ORD-1880        
8-43 465 6214-6678 40110313-40110777          
9-43 449 6679-7107 40110778-40111226          
          Fisher Body Grand Blanc M10A1 Serial Numbers Registration numbers Contract
9-43 49 7108-7176 ?   5 7984-7988 40112380-40112384 374-ORD-1213
10-43 350 7157-7506 ?   150 7989-813 40112385-40112534  
11-43 237 7507-7743 ?   220 8139-8358 40112535-40112754  
12-43 240 7744-7983 ?          
Total 4,993      

375

     
          Fisher Body Grand Blanc M10A1 without turrets for conversion to M36 Serial Numbers Registration numbers Contract
12-4 to 1/44         300 ? ? ?
Total         300      

 

Fisher Body M10 Wolverine in Europe 1944-1945 - Strength and Losses

  Jun44 Jul44 Aug44 Sept44 Oct44 Nov44 Dec44 Jan45 Feb45 Mar45 Apr45  May45 Total
Strength 691 743 758 763 486 573 790 760 686 684 427 427 Losses
Losses 1 17 28 40 71 45 62 69 106 27 37 37 540

 

Surviving Fisher Body Built M10 and M10C Tank Destroyers

The M10Cs were originally built as M10s at Grand Blanc.  They were given to the British under Lend-Leas who later modified the M10s with a British 17 pounder gun in the original turret.  They were more commonly known as the Achilles.
The data below shows that the supplemental armor weld bosses were no longer attached in the middle of September 1943.  This occurred between serial numbers 6767 and 6865.
M10 and M10Cs noted with dark gray below have photos included by the author below.

Serial Number Model Build Date Supplemental Armor Weld Bosses on sides of hull Location Comments
529 M10 Dec 42 Yes Meucon Military Camp (3rd Marines Infantry Regiment) near Vannes (France) Hulk
629 M10 Jan 43 Yes Saumur Tank Museum (France)  
639 M10 Feb 43 Yes Ecole d'Application de l'Arme Blindée Cavalerie, Saumur (France)  
733 M10 Jan 43 Yes MM Park, LA Wantzenau (France Running condition
748 M10C Jan 43 Yes Rex & Rod Cadman Collection (UK)  
794 M10C Jan 43 Yes Balmoral Green association, Versailles (France) – running condition  
819 M10 Jan 43 Yes Private collection, Mouliets et Villemartin (France) Chassis and turret separate
1310 M10C Mar 43 Yes Museum of military equipment "Battle Glory of the Urals", Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Sverdlovsk Oblast (Russia)  
1569 M10 April 43 Yes Omaha Overlord Museum, Colleville-sur-Mer (France)  
1622 M10 Apr 43 Yes Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux (France)  
1712 M10 Apr 43 Yes Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles, Nokesville, VA (USA) Running Condition
3003 M10 Apr 43 Yes Saumur Tank Museum (France)  
3814 M10C Jun 43 Yes Anders Olofsson Collection (Sweden) Combat veteran
3845 M10 Jul 43 Yes Private collection, southern France Running condition
6143 M10 July 43 Yes Sacrario Caduti di Montelungo (Italy) Served with Italian Army after 1945
6196 M10 Aug 43 Yes Fort Lee U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, VA (USA)  
6225 M10C Aug 43 Yes Army storage area, Nymindegab (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
6412 M10 Aug 43 Yes Old Ironsides Museum, Fort Bliss, TX (USA)  
6507 M10C Aug 43 Yes Pansermuseet, Oksbøl (Denmark) Running condition
6630 M10C Aug 43 Yes Heintz Barracks, Bastogne (Belgium Formerly on display at the Bastogne Historical Center.
6691 M10 Sep 43 Yes Fort du Hackenberg, Veckring (France)  
6767 M10C Sep 43 Yes Odense (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
6865 M10 Sep 43 No General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox, KY (USA)  
6887 M10C Sep 43 No Memorial for Danish Soldiers, Rindsholm Kro, outside Viborg (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
6969 M10C Sep 43 No Heintz Barracks, Bastogne (Belgium) Wreck
7264 M10C Oct 43 No – La Roche-en-Ardenne (Belgium)  
7290 M10C Oct 43 No Royal Hussars Historic Collection, Næstved (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
7304 M10C Oct 43 No Panzer Museum Munster (Germany)  
7305 M10C Oct 43 No Groot Schietveld Range, Brasschaat (Belgium) wreck
7316 M10C Oct 43 No Heintz Barracks, Bastogne (Belgium) Wreck Hull only
7341 M10 Oct 43 No National Armor and Cavalry Museum Fort Benning, GA (USA)  
7420 M10C Oct 43 No Southern side of Leopold park, Arlon (Luxemburg)  
7444 M10C Oct 43 No Heintz Barracks, Bastogne (Belgium  
7456 M10C Oct 43 No Armoured Weapons Museum, Poznań (Poland) Wreck
7457 M10C Oct 43 No Royal Hussars Historic Collection, Næstved (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
7505 M10C Oct 43 No Groot Schietveld Range, Brasschaat (Belgium) Gunnery target
7571 M10C Nov 43 No Royal Hussars Historic Coll, Næstved (Denmark) Hull only.  One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
7576 M10C Nov 43   Odense Kaserne (Denmark) Wreck
7643 M10C Nov 43 no Handmet Military, Gostyn (Poland) Wreck.  Hull only.
7687 M10C Nov 43 No Yad la-Shiryon Museum, Latrun (Israel)  
7730 M10C Nov 43 No Groot Schietveld Range, Brasschaat (Belgium)  
7838 M10C Dec 43 No Royal Hussars Historic Collection, Næstved (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
7897 M10C Dec 43 No Royal Hussars Historic Collection, Næstved (Denmark) Hull only.  One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
7951 M10C Dec 43 No Land Forces Museum, Bydgoszcz (Poland)  
7972 M10C Dec 43 No Defence and Garrison Museum, Aalborg (Denmark) one of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
 
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes French Marines School, Lorient (France)  
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Illhaeusern (France) Combat loss at this location January 25, 1945
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes – 2ème Régiment de Dragons (NBC Defense Regiment), Fontevraud (France)  
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Private collection, near Bordeaux (France)  
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Museo la Battaglia di Monte Cassino, Monte Cassino (Italy) Served with Italian Army after 1945
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Armor Academy and military base, Camp HuKou, HuKou (Taiwan)  
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Armor Academy and military base, Camp HuKou, HuKou (Taiwan)  
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes 4th Infantry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX (USA)  
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes 2nd Dragoon Regiment, Fontevraud (France) Hulk
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes 2nd Dragoon Regiment, Fontevraud (France) Hulk
  M10 Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Kevin Wheatcroft Collection (UK)  
  M10 Built after mid Sep 43 No Balmoral Green association, Versailles (France) Prime mover in restoration
 
  M10C Built before mid Sep 43 Yes – Haderslev Kaserne (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
  M10C Built before mid Sep 43 Yes 4th Infantry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX (USA)  
  M10C Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Collings Foundation, Stow, MA (USA)  
  M10C Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Oksbøllejren Kaserne (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
  M10C Built before mid Sep 43 Yes Private collection (Canada) Currently for sale
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Oksbøllejren Kaserne (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Oksbøllejren Kaserne (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Tøjhusmuseet depot; Værløse (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Viborg Kaserne (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No GillelejeGruppen association (Denmark) One of 48 that came from Canada in 1955 as part of MDAP
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Private collection (Denmark) Private collection
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Bovington Tank Museum (UK)  
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No? Private collection (UK) Private collection
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Maaldrift depot, Dutch Military Mus., Wassenaar (Netherlands) – running c. Running Condition
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Canada-Poland War Museum, Adegem (Belgium)  
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Museum K-blokken en Oscarkapel (MKOK Museum), Leopoldburg (Belgium)  
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Batey ha-Osef Museum, Tel Aviv (Israel)  
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Undisclosed military depot (Israel)  
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Nymindegab Kaserne (Denmark) Wreck
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Oksbøllejren Kaserne (Denmark) Wreck
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Heintz Barracks, Bastogne (Belgium) Wreck
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Oksbøllejren Kaserne (Denmark) Wreck
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Unknown location Former Israeli. 
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 No Unknown location Former Israeli.  Hull only.
  M10C Built after mid Sep 43 ? Ålborg Kaserne (Denmark) Wreck

Fisher Body M10 Photos

Serial Number:  1712
US Registration Number:  4042415  According to my calculation from the table above the Registration Number should be 4042414.
Date Built:  April 1943
Location:  Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles, Nokesville, VA
Date of Photo:  9-24-2016
In 2016 the Museum just completed a total restoration of its Fisher Body built M10 Wolverine tank destroyer.  It looks as good, if not better than what it came off the production line at Grand Blanc during WWII.  It is pristine, and I was able to visit the Museum's inaugural showing of it in September 2016.  It also makes an excellent specimen to photograph, to show some of the features of the vehicle. 


The Fisher Body built M10 of the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles basks in the late afternoon September sun.




There were several different types of counterweights during the production of the Wolverine.  The counterweight on this Wolverine is what was called the wedge type.  It was the third of four types used. 


The Museum's Wolverine has a complete set of the pioneer and track repair tools attached to the back of the vehicle.  It also has a "stirrup" gun rest for locating the barrel during non combat road trips.


This shows the left engine radiator at the rear of the vehicle.


The exhausts from the two Detroit Diesel 6046 engines.  The mufflers are hidden behind the sheet metal.


The M10 and M10A1 are nearly identical.  One of the two ways to tell them apart without opening up the engine air intakes or looking at the throttles in the driver's location to determine which engines are in them, is by looking at the rear end.  The M10 has no door, and the mufflers and exhaust ports are high up on the back.  This is similar to the M4A2 Sherman.  The M10A1 has a door, and the exhaust ports are lower and located above the tow lugs.  The exhausts do not meet in the center, but are separate.  This is similar to the M4A3 Sherman.


The engine deck with the air intakes for the engines and radiators.


This view of the engine deck shows the second exterior difference between the M10 and the M10A1.  The M10A1 has a another filler cap on the outer deck panel at the rear.  It would be located just about in the lower center of the photo.  There is a matching filler cap on the other side.


 The serial number 1712 can just be made out On the right tow lug.


Serial Number:  6630
US Registration Number:  40110729
Date Built:   August 1943
Location:  Bastogne Historical Center until 2013, now at Heintz Barracks, Bastogne, Belgium
Date of Photo:  5-12-2008
This is an Achilles 1C which was a British conversion of the Fisher Body M10 Wolverine from the 3 inch gun to a 17 pounder.  I was able to photograph while visiting the Bastogne Historical Center and the town in May 2008.  It was on loan from the Heintz Barracks in Bastogne where it now resides.  This has the final duckbill counterweight on it.  As can be seen it wraps around the turret and then forms a duckbill in the rear.  Duckbill turrets went into production in June 1943.


Serial Number:  6865
US Registration Number: 
40110984
Date Built:  September 1943
Location:  Patton Museum, Fort Knox, KY
Date of Photo:  9-24-2016


This also has the wedge counterweight on it, even though it has a higher serial number than the Achilles.  It appears this this unit has seen considerable work and modification on it.  This may not be the original turret if this was made up of parts from several vehicles.  The later production and higher serial numbers also did not have the attachment knobs on the hull for extra tracks. 


The air intake grills have been replaced with a solid cover.  A Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI built M10 Wolverine is identifiable by its one filler cap on the outside engine panel.  A Ford or Fisher Body M10A1 has a second filler cap at the top of shadow of the camera.


An M10 rear section, with the exhaust ports being at the upper center.  The mufflers have been beat up and the tow lugs on both sides have been replaced.  There was also a reason for entry, as it can be seen where a door was cut out and then welded back in.

 

 

 

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