The M4A1 Sherman


The M4A1 Shermans were equipped with a Continental R-975 air-cooled radial engine; they have a one-piece cast hull, there were 75mm and 76mm versions only. The users were : US, Britain, South-Africa, France (small numbers), China (Source : Wikipedia).


M4A1(75) Sherman
This variant was manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works, Pacific Car and Foundry and Pressed Steel Car (approx. 6181 units produced).

M4A1(75)

M4A1(75). This tank has a one-piece cast hull, a 75mm gun, small hatches and dry ammunition stowage bins.
This particular example has tracks equipped with extended end connectors ("duckbills"), used for reduced ground pressure.


M4A1(75) main recognition features

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The glacis shows small hatches and protruding drivers' hoods.


M4A1(75)

The rear hull plate has a shallow horseshoe shape, it is nearly vertical.


M4A1(75)

The engine deck plate is the same than on M4(75) tanks.


M4A1(75)

There are two engine access doors, the large grille protecting the air cooling system is missing here, but can be seen below.


M4A1(75) Sherman (large hatches)
This variant was only manufactured by Pressed Steel Car (approx. 100 units produced).

M4A1(75)

M4A1(75) (large hatch hull). This tank is a transitional version of the M4A1. It has the cast hull with large hatches, but still retains the 75mm turret and main gun. It features a "high bustle" turret to improve clearance for the larger drivers' hatches of the later hull designs. It also has "cast in appliqué" on the hull sides. It is estimated that 100 tanks of this particular transitional version were built by Pressed Steel Car. Most of them were converted to Duplex Drive swimming tanks, like the one shown above (photo courtesy of Wikipedia).


M4A1(76)W Sherman
This variant was only manufactured by Pressed Steel Car (approx. 2171 units produced).

M4A1(76) Wet

M4A1(76)W. This tank has a one-piece cast hull, a 76mm gun with a muzzle brake, large hatches and wet ammunition stowage bins.


M4A1(76)W main recognition features

M4A1(76) Wet

The tank has large hatches.


M4A1(76) Wet

The rear hull plate is nearly vertical, it no longer has a shallow horseshoe shape. The large grille seen here is the Barber Coleman exhaust deflector.


M4A1(76)W


The engine deck plate is the same than on M4(105) tanks with large hatches. Note that an additional petrol/oil cap was added, compared to earlier M4A1 engine deck plates.


M4A1(76) Wet

There are still two engine access doors, the exhaust deflector is also missing here, like on many monument tanks.


M4A1(76)W Sherman (HVSS)
This variant was only manufactured by Pressed Steel Car (approx. 1255 units produced).

M4A1(76)W HVSS

M4A1(76)W HVSS Sherman. This tank is nearly identical to the M4A1(76)W, however it has the Horizontal Volute Suspension System.


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