WWII M4 Sherman Tank
WWII M4 Sherman Tank
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The M4 Sherman Tank - WWII Series

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The M4 Sherman Tank - WWII Series
The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank 
by the United States and Western Allies in World War II. The M4 Sherman proved to 
be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. It was 
also the basis of several successful tank destroyers, such as the M10, Achilles 
and M36. Tens of thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the 
British Commonwealth and Soviet Union. The tank was named by the British for the 
American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman.
The M4 Sherman evolved from the M3 Medium Tank, which had its main armament in a 
side sponson mount. The M4 retained much of the previous mechanical design, but 
moved the main 75 mm gun into a fully traversing central turret. One feature, a 
one-axis gyrostabilizer, was not precise enough to allow firing when moving but 
did help keep the reticle on target, so that when the tank did stop to fire, the 
gun would be aimed in roughly the right direction. The designers stressed 
mechanical reliability, ease of production and maintenance, durability, 
standardization of parts and ammunition in a limited number of variants, and 
moderate size and weight. These factors, combined with the Sherman's then-superior 
armor and armament, outclassed German light and medium tanks fielded in 1939–42. 
The M4 went on to be produced in large numbers, being the most produced tank in 
American history: The Soviets' T-34 medium tank was the only tank design produced 
in larger numbers during World War II. The Sherman spearheaded many offensives by 
the Western Allies after 1942.When the M4 tank went into combat in North Africa with the British Army at El 
Alamein in late 1942, it increased the advantage of Allied armor over Axis armor 
and was superior to the lighter German and Italian tank designs. For this reason, 
the US Army believed that the M4 would be adequate to win the war, and relatively 
little pressure was initially exerted for further tank development. Logistical and 
transport restrictions, such as limitations imposed by roads, ports, and bridges, 
also complicated the introduction of a more capable but heavier tank. Tank 
destroyer battalions using vehicles built on the M4 hull and chassis, but with 
open-topped turrets and more potent high-velocity guns, also entered widespread 
use in the Allied armies. Even by 1944, most M4 Shermans kept their dual-purpose 
75 mm gun. By then, the M4 was inferior in firepower and armor to increasing 
numbers of German heavy tanks, but was able to fight on with the help of 
considerable numerical superiority, greater mechanical reliability, better 
logistical support, and support from growing numbers of fighter-bombers and 
artillery pieces. Some Shermans were produced with a more capable gun, the 76 mm 
gun M1, or refitted with a 76.2mm calibre Ordnance QF 17-pounder gun by the 
British (the Sherman Firefly).
The relative ease of production allowed large numbers of the M4 to be 
manufactured, and significant investment in tank recovery and repair units allowed 
disabled vehicles to be repaired and returned to service quickly. These factors 
combined to give the Allies numerical superiority in most battles, and many 
infantry divisions were provided with M4s and tank destroyers.
After World War II, the Sherman, particularly the many improved and upgraded 
versions, continued to see combat service in many conflicts around the world, 
including the UN forces in the Korean War, with Israel in the Arab–Israeli wars, 
briefly with South Vietnam in the Vietnam War, and on both sides of the Indo-
Pakistani War of 1965.
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318 X 33 mm
Approximate Part Number: 985
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