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For troops in the field neither of those questions would have mattered :)

A rumour/idea floating around that "might" increase your chance of survival, sure beats a concern that it "might" slow you down or decrease reliability. (Both of which "disadvantages" would increase your survivability by keeping you out of the front).

Another thought here is that by this point in the war the Sherman was underarmoured and very vulnerable to infantry weapons as well as guns - experienced crews would be both war weary and aware that they were driving around in vulnerable vehicles.
 

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Really? Would that have been effective? Worth the weight?

From the web: "....there is much debate as to the real protection gained by doing this & Gen.Patton was against it. He thought the added weight slowed the tank & therefore lost it's tactical advantage- speed/maneuverability. It certainly did provide a psychological comfort to the tank crews inside who used such improvised additions. Other crews added timbers & extra tank tracks outside the hull".....

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Here, a Sherman crew member of the US 14th Armored Div adds a final flourish to cement filled sand bags on his tank.
 

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M10 Wolverine near Moselle, France, 1944.
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M3 Lee production in Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, Michigan.
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As a production process improvement consultant (my professional life) my heart bleeds when seeing this picture. So many improvement opportunities. As it concerns the M3, it is early war. US (and other countries) made drastic improvements on production efficiency during the war, a lot of modern management philosophy can be traced back to thinkers that were shaped by their experiences in the world war(s).
 

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On this date in 1944 the order for the M36 tank destroyer jumped from 600 to 1400 units due to encounters with large numbers of new German tanks in Normandy. The M36 had a powerful 90 mm gun that was capable of defeating any of them. - from TankArchives on Twitter

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