Corgi Diecast Model of the US Army M4
Sherman Tank 'War Daddy II' used in North Africa
The American main
battle tank during World War Two was the Sherman. This was a medium tank weighing
35 tons and armed with a 75mm, 40 caliber cannon. This gun was capable of punching
through 3.7 inches of armor at 500 yards. The Sherman had an effective armor
thickness of 2.8 inches in the front, 1.6 inches in the sides, and 1.4 inches
in the rear. It carried a crew of five and had three machine guns.
The Sherman was a poor
match for any of the German tanks against which it fought. Even the Panzer IV,
the weakest of its opponents, had a more powerful gun. Against the Panther and
the Tiger, the Sherman was hopelessly outclassed. The Panther and the Tiger
had frontal armors of 4.8 and 4.0 inches respectively; thus, the Sherman's gun
could not kill either tank in a head-to-head encounter, even at close range.
The German guns were more powerful than the Sherman's; they could easily penetrate
the Sherman's frontal armor even at great ranges.
The only chance
a Sherman had against a Panther or a Tiger was to shoot it in the side or rear,
where the armor was thinner. This required that the Sherman lay in wait and
shoot its victims from hiding.
But the Sherman
possessed two less obvious advantages: reliability and simplicity. These may
not be very exciting traits, but in the heat of combat a little thing like a
sticky clutch can be disastrous. A minor breakdown during a retreat can result
in the complete loss of the tank. Such problems were rare with Shermans. And
their simplicity made it possible to manufacture them in astounding numbers.
Over 49,000 Sherman tanks were built during World War Two -- more than all the
tank production of the Third Reich for the entire war.
Showcase Collection #90490. Length 3 inches.
Each intricate die-cast model is mounted on
a display plinth. An informative full-color data card is also included and can
be mounted on the display plinth. Arrange each plinth side by side to create
an impressive panoramic display.