By Steven J. Zaloga
The M4 Sherman tank used to be the mainstay of the Western allies among 1942 and 1945. speedy and glossy it used to be an incredible good fortune and used to be transported as a ways afield as Russia and North Africa. the yankee leader of employees claimed in November 1943 it used to be 'hailed greatly because the most sensible tank at the battlefield today…'. notwithstanding, by means of the Normandy invasion of June 1944 this used to be no longer the case: the recent German heavy tanks equivalent to the Panther and Tiger have been thoroughly outclassing the Sherman. This identify covers the M4 model armed with the seventy six mm gun, interpreting advancements similar to the HVSS suspension, utilizing a lot new archive fabric.
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Extra resources for M4 (76mm) Sherman Medium Tank 1943-65 (New Vanguard, Volume 73)
Com 38 In June 1945, the Soviet Union received some of the new M4A2E8 (76mm) and these arrived in time to take part in the lightning campaign in Manchuria against Japan. During “August Storm” in Manchuria, the Zabaikal Front had 250 M4A2s, mainly M4A2 (76mm) tanks consisting of the 9th Mechanized Corps (137 tanks), the 201st Tank Brigade (65 tanks) and small amounts in other units. The second largest recipient of the M4 (76mm) was Britain, which received 1350 tanks. These consisted almost entirely of the M4A1 (76mm) totaling some 1330 tanks, all delivered in 1944, and a batch of 20 M4A2 (76mm) delivered in 1945 as part of a canceled order for DD tanks.
Program in February 1945. ) differed from its British counterpart in a number of respects. A number of externally mounted items standard on British Shermans were omitted. In addition, the radio box on the turret rear was slightly larger to accommodate the US Army’s SCR-508 or SCR-528 radio. 50 cal. heavy machine gun stowage bracket on the back of the armored radio box. ) were completed on March 15, 1945 and the first shipment of M4 medium tanks from France back to the UK for conversion arrived in Southampton on March 9, 1945.
The M4A3 (76mm) appeared in Italy later than in France with the first being issued to the 1st Armored Division in August 1944. This tank of Co. A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Armored Division, is seen in Italy on September 7, 1944. (MHI) The M4A3 (76mm) that served with the 1st Armored Division in Italy had their own local modifications made. Many of the Division’s tanks had a “donkey sight” added on the right front turret roof that was used for gun laying when the tank was being used in the indirect fire artillery role.