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M4 Sherman - American Tank, WWII

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WWII M4 Sherman tank

M4 Sherman Tank

The M4 was an American medium tank. It was named the "Sherman" by the British. It was the primary tank used by U.S. troops and was also used by the Allies through the lend lease program. In 1941, when Sherman tanks were delivered to the British 8th Army in North Africa, the Sherman tank performed very well against Panzer III's and short-barreled Panzer IV's. The decision was made to concentrate on further production of Sherman tanks and neglect heavier tank production, much to the regret of the Allies when German Panthers, Tigers and King Tigers made their appearance later in the war. Over 50,000 Sherman tanks were built.


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Sherman tank with welded armor, WWII

M4 Sherman Tank

The crew of a Sherman tank of 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry receive rations before the start of Operation "Totalise". Visible on the right hand side of this Sherman tank are two add-on patches of welded armor .This modification to Sherman tanks began in late 1943. The patches covered the ammunition racks on the inside of the tank. This extra armor was intended reduce the number of ammunition explosions inside of the tank due to hits by enemy armor piercing rounds.


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