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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.

The Tide Turns at El Alamein

The Tide Turns at El Alamein

By Michael D. Hull
After more than two wearying years of seesaw fighting across the North African desert, the outlook was bleak for the British Eighth Army in the early summer of 1942.
The gallant but dispirited army had been outgunned and outmaneuvered by German panzers, deadly 88mm flak guns, and generalship   More »

Clubmobile Gal

Clubmobile Gal

By Maureen Holtz
During World War II, American women flocked to be a part of the war effort. They served as factory workers, government agency clerks, WAVES or WAACS, and artists copying propaganda posters. Many young women found that the American Red Cross offered non-nurses a unique opportunity. Jill Pitts Knappenberger   More »

The Race to Liberate Paris

The Race to Liberate Paris

By Ray Argyle
Flying a tortuous route from North Africa tothe French coast of Normandy via Casablanca and Gibraltar, an unarmed Lockheed Lodestar of the Free French Air Force broke through cloud cover over the English Channel on the morning of Sunday, August 20, 1944.
The plane carried Free French leader General   More »



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