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  M4A3 Sherman "El Alamein"
by Arthur Flores

Skin by Art Flores, Summer 2008
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The American M4 medium tank proved to be not only the most important US tank used during the war, but also the best and most numerous tank in British service. As was the practice of the time, the British named the M4 after an American general, in this case Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman, famous for the quotation 'War is Hell'. The Americans adopted the name. M3 Sherman MkI's were first used at El Alamein in October 1942 and the British introduced most of the US versions as they became available: the Sherman II (M4A1), Sherman III (M4A2), Sherman IV (M4A3) and the Sherman V (M4A4). Out on the battlefield, generally two to three Shermans were lost for every Panther or Tiger destroyed, but whereas German industry could not make up their losses by mid-1944, the US and British production lines were delivering a seemingly endless supply of Shermans and other tanks. Production of all Sherman tanks reached 55,000 by the end of the war.

By the end of 1942, the A3 model went into production, entering both theaters of war the following year.  For the A3, the 75 mm gun was replaced by the higher muzzle velocity of a long-barrel 76 mm gun.  This more formidable gun required a larger and more angled turret for support.

The British army purchased largenumbers of M4s or took them over aspart of the Lend-Lease programme. Tothe British the M4 was the GeneralSherman (or simply Sherman)

The first Shermans went into actionwith the British at El Alamein in October1942. Thereafter the Sherman wasthe most numerous tank in British armyservice for the rest of World War II.

Below are work-in-progress pictures. Click to enlarge, look for more soon!

The first image is too dark, saturated and flat. Next, the images will be lighter and have more contrast.

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NOTE: The skin on this page will not likely see service in Warbirds or Armored Assault.
This is due to the fact that this skin might not have seen service, having a 76mm gun.
I hope a new model can be drafted so I can submit this British beauty. Too bad, since
Rommel's Tigers will now be free to roam the desert un-abated. -- Art


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