History

Rather than providing the history of the Tank Destroyer Forces as a narrative, I felt, it would be easier to find specific dates and allot less reading, if it was done in time-line form.

Feb. 2, 1942.....Project started to mount 90mm gun on an M4 tank chassis, designated as the T53

Sep. 3, 1942.....T67 with 75mm gun tested

December 1942.....Modified 90mm designated T7 was completed and mounted in a pilot M10.  Result designated the T71

Jan. 1, 1943.....McNair directs TD Center to conduct tests of towed TDs

Jan. 7, 1943.....1000, T70 Gun Motor Carriage (GMC) w/76mm gun, torsion bar suspension and twin diesel engines ordered

Mar. 3, 1943.....Chevrolet began development of a balanced turret for the T71

Mar. 12, 1943.....Tentative T/O & E for towed guns completed.  Ratified on May 7, 1943 and published as FM18-35

July 1943.....Pilot T70s delivered & tested, resulting in 157 major modifications

September 1943.....Ford shipped completed T71s to Aberdeen, MD, for testing.  They had mild steel turrets, Ford V8 engines and were mounted to the M10A1 chassis

Feb. 17, 1944.....T70 was standardized as the M18 GMC. They were nicknamed the "Hellcat"

April 1944.....Limited production of 500 ordered and begun of the 90mm GMC M36 by Fisher and completed in July

October 1944.....Production of the M18 is halted. A total of 2507 were manufactured