Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
On this spot representatives of the
British Eight Army
paid tribute to
American Locomotive Co.
Location. 42° 48.904′ N, 73° 56.935′ W. Marker is in Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Ave. and State Street (New York State Route 5), on the right when traveling north on Washington Ave.. Click for map. The marker is in Schenectady's Liberty Park. Liberty Park, a memorial park, is small triangular area of 0.20 (two tenths of an acre) bounded on one side by State Street to the North, Washington Ave. on the west side, and Water Street on the south side. . Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12305, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schenectady (here, next to this marker); Southwest Corner of Stockade (a few steps from this marker); Clench's Tavern (a few steps from this marker); Free Masonry (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Hotel Van Curler (within shouting distance of this marker); John Glen House 1740 Robert Sanders House 1750 (about 400 feet away); First Mill (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Schenectady.
Regarding M-7 Day. ALCO played a significant role in two world wars. ALCO produced hundreds of locomotives for the home front and Europe in World War One. ALCO made an even greater contribution in World War Two by producing hundreds of locomotives and thousands of tanks and armored vehicles. ALCO even developed and produced the M7 ‘Priest’ self-propelled armored artillery vehicle, a weapon which gave Allied Armies in World War Two unprecedented firepower and revolutionized the employment of artillery on the battlefield even into our modern era. The M7 was the famed "tank destroyer", which helped to deliver a decisive victory over Rommel's forces in the battle of El Alamein, the turning point in Rommel’s drive through North Africa. The M7 was a completely secret weapon - no one had heard of it, even though it had been driven through the streets of Schenectady as it was being tested!
While the first M7s were produced for the U.S. Army, supply was soon diverted to support the Lend-Lease program.
On April 10, 1943, a contingent from the British Royal Artillery and Royal Tank Regiments came to Schenectady and put on a parade in honor of the city's residents, who helped to end WWII. That day was dubbed "M7 Day."
Also see . . . M7 Priest. (Submitted on December 30, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. M7 Priest Tank ALCo ALCO American Locomotive Company
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, World II •
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