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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.

Bloodbath in Aachen

Bloodbath in Aachen

With weapons at the ready, the American squad advanced cautiously on both sides of the tree-lined boulevard toward the German strongpoint in Aachen. Buildings pummeled by Allied shells had toppled to the ground, sending concrete and bricks spilling into the street. Hardly a structure remained intact as a result of   More »

Clash of Armor

By Mark Simmons
The Churchill Mark IV was the most widely used Allied tank during Operation Jupiter. Production began in 1940; by 1944 it was in the MK VII guise mounting a 75mm gun. It was slow with a speed of 15mph but heavily armored, being five tons heavier than the   More »



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