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The M4 Sherman, formally Medium Tank, M4, was the primary tank used by the United States during World War II. Thousands were also distributed to the Allied Forces, including the British and Soviet armies, via lend-lease. In the United Kingdom, the M4 was named after U.S. Army General William Sherman, following the British practice of naming their American-built tanks after famous American Civil War generals. Subsequently the British name found its way into common use in the U.S.

M4 Sherman in Days of Infamy[]

The M4 Sherman was brought to Hawaii by the US Marines when they landed on the islands in early 1943. The M4 was vastly superior to all tanks the Japanese fielded, and the only M4 casualties were because of suicidal petrol bomb and grenade attacks.

M4 Sherman in The Hot War[]

In April 1952, during World War III, the United States gave surplus M4 Shermans to the West German militia. The Shermans were vulnerable to the Soviets' T-54s. In a battle east of Warberg, several Shermans were destroyed by T-54s in short order.[1]

M4 Sherman in Joe Steele[]

During World War II, the U.S. deployed M4 Shermans both in the European and Pacific theaters. While they were deathtraps against German Panzers, the Japanese had nothing to match it although they still were vulnerable to mines.[2]

When the Japanese War broke out in June 1948, the Soviet T-34/85 supplied to North Japan outclassed the US Army's Shermans with a kill ratio of one T-34/85 for every two to three Shermans. The Soviet tank was faster, had better armor and a more powerful gun. The Americans had better fire control but it didn't matter if the round didn't penetrate. However, the new Pershing outclassed the T-34/85 although not to the same extent and was available in limited numbers.[3]

M4 Sherman in "Topanga and the Chatsworth Lancers"[]

The Sherman tank was the namesake of Bruce Delgado's war-horse Sherman. As the Change had rendered tanks and all related technology unusable, a horse was as close to a tank as one could get in the Changed world.[4]

M4 Sherman in Worldwar[]

The M4 Sherman was just being introduced into the US Army when the Conquest Fleet arrived in 1942. It was thrown into battle against the Race's landcruisers, where they suffered heavy losses. They still earned a reputation among landcruiser crews as being Unending, because they never seemed to stop coming. Some Shermans were modified to carry much bigger guns, to fight the landcruisers on more equal terms. They saw action in the Battle of Chicago and all across the United States.

References[]

  1. Fallout, loc. 5783-5842, ebook.
  2. Joe Steele, pgs. 312-313, HC.
  3. Ibid, pg. 356.
  4. See e.g., The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth, pgs. 455-456, HC.
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