By the time the final battles of the Pacific Campaign arrived, much experience had been gained in the complex subject of protecting AFVs from IEDs and actual suicide attacks against them. Many modifications were made including concrete/timber side armor. However, one of the more interesting was the modifications carried out to some of the M4a3s within the 4th U.S.M.C. Tank Battalion, in particular those of "C" Company.
Amongst other modifications, a series of metal 'cages' were produced to stop 'Kamikaze' grenade attacks against vulnerable areas on the vehicle - the hatches and periscopes.
Now, Hard Corps Models
, with the aid of a new technique, are producing a set of FIVE 'cages' for M4a3 Shermans of 'C' Company:
These are absolutely unique in the sense that prior to this release, no-one had actually produced a set of these hatch cages.HX 35006 - USMC 4th TB Co. "C" M4A3 Hatch Cages - Iwo Jima
are available directly from Hard Corps Models (LINK)
at a price of $16.95