The position on which the tanks are put in place is under-emergence following heavy rains which fell at this time of year. The M4 Sherman, equipped with a 105mm gun, belongs to the 756th tank Battalion. The ax of fire suggests that the tanks supports their fires the troops engaged for the price of Saint Dié which is 15km as the crow flies. The 105mm gun was devoted to infantry support & not anti-tank fighting. 8 November 1944, Les rouges-eaux, France.