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The M4 "Sherman" Tank

Focus On: The M4 "Sherman" Medium tank, America's primary tank of World War II

The Sherman tank was the most commonly used American tank in World War II. More than 50,000 Shermans were produced between 1942 and 1945. They were used in all combat theaters — not only by the United States, but also by Great Britain, the Free French, China and even the Soviet Union.

Initially developed to replace the M3 "Grant/Lee" medium tank, the first Shermans were manufactured by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1942 and some early productions examples saw combat in North Africa the same year. The model proved itself somewhat effective against German Mk. II and Mk. IV Panzers, but it was thoroughly outclassed by the Tiger, Panther and King Tiger tanks. Notorious for their flammability, Shermans were nicknamed “Ronsons” after a lighter with the slogan “lights every time.”

The Museum’s Sherman is an M4A3E9 that was built by Ford Motor Company in 1943. Unfortunately, there are no records of the combat history of this particular Sherman. The tank was restored with the markings of an actual vehicle which served with the 2nd Armored Division, 67th Armored Regiment, 1st Battalion, D Company.

Read more about the history of the Museum’s Sherman tank and the restoration process.

Weight 33 tons
Length 20.57 feet
Width 8.76 feet
Height 9.65 feet
Engine 450 horsepower
Speed 26 mph
Range 100 miles
Fuel capacity 201.83 gallons






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