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The M4 Medium Tank - best known by the nickname 'Sherman'. Over the course of the war there will be numerous variants, changing the engine and suspension, adding more armour and bigger guns, but all with the same tall, solid shape.
The M4A1 model, recognisable by its distinctive rounded single-piece cast upper hull, is the first Sherman variant to enter combat with the US armoured forces. Most of the initial production run of the original M4 variant, with its sharp-sided welded upper hull, were supplied to the British through the Lend-Lease programme.
The M4 Sherman evolved from the M3 Lee Tank and retained much of the previous mechanical design, but put the main 75 mm gun in a fully traversing turret. 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 armour and armament, outclassed German light and medium tanks fielded in the desert.
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.
Please note: Miniatures are supplied unpainted and some assembly may be required.
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