By Steven Zaloga
Some tank crews stated the yankee M4 Sherman tank as a "death trap." Others, like Gen. George Patton, believed that the Sherman helped win international conflict II. So which was once it: demise seize or conflict winner? Armor professional Steven Zaloga solutions that question by means of recounting the Sherman's strive against background. concentrating on Northwest Europe (but additionally together with a bankruptcy at the Pacific), Zaloga follows the Sherman into motion on D-Day, one of the Normandy hedgerows, in the course of Patton?s race throughout France, within the nice tank conflict at Arracourt in September 1944, on the conflict of the Bulge, around the Rhine, and within the Ruhr pocket in 1945.
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Extra info for Armored Thunderbolt: The U.S. Army Sherman in World War II
It was not at all useful against enemy tanks, but tank combat in World War I had been a rarity. Three types of tanks were manufactured in the United States in 1918-19: the tiny Ford Three-Ton Tank Model 1918, the Six-Ton Tank Model 1917, and the large Mark VIII "International" tank patterned on British designs. The first American tank design to enter mass production was the Ford Three-Ton Model 1918, of which 15,000 were ordered. This small tankette was armed with a single machine gun, and although a few were delivered to France before the armistice, none saw combat in World War 1.
S. Army Air Force because of its technical immaturity. It was so plagued with problems that it did not go into series production for the M3 medium tank family. S. Army's preferred tank engine, eventually powering the M4A3 Sherman and M26 Pershing tanks. Ordnance contact with French engineers in 1939-40 opened American eyes to the possibility of using large armor castings as a method to expedite production. After proving casting techniques on the M3 medium tank turret, Ordnance next turned to designing an entire hull casting for the M3A1 medium tank.
KINDERGARTEN TANK Design of the new M3 medium tank began in July 1940 in the wake of the French defeat. S. Army over the lack of modern equipment, and design of the new medium tank was rushed. The army wanted a modern medium tanknow. There were two clear demands to the Ordnance engineers at Aberdeen and Rock Island: the tank had to have at least two inches of frontal armor to protect against the German 37mm antitank gun, and it needed a 75mm gun capable of firing a worthwhile high-explosive round.
Armored Thunderbolt: The U.S. Army Sherman in World War II by Steven Zaloga