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Sherman Tank

Produced in great numbers during World War II, the M4 Sherman medium tank and its variants were the primary armored fighting vehicles of the United States military during the war. They were also provided to U.S. allies in significant numbers through such programs as Lend-Lease. The Sherman mounted a 75mm main gun, while later variants carried a high velocity 76mm weapon, and the British mounted their 17-pounder gun atop the Sherman chassis in a variant called the Firefly. The Sherman was fast but lightly armored. In most cases, it was inferior to German weapons in tank versus tank combat. During the war in Western Europe, sheer weight of numbers helped the Sherman to eventually prevail.

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