The M4A1 Sherman
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).
This variant was
manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works, Pacific Car and Foundry and
Pressed Steel Car (approx. 6181 units produced).
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.
The glacis shows small
hatches and protruding drivers' hoods.
The rear hull plate has
a shallow horseshoe shape, it is nearly vertical.
The engine deck plate is
the same than on M4(75) tanks.
There are two engine access doors,
the large grille protecting the air cooling system is missing here, but can be
Sherman (large hatches)
This variant was only manufactured by Pressed Steel Car (approx. 100 units produced).
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'
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).
This variant was only manufactured by Pressed Steel Car (approx. 2171 units produced).
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
The tank has large
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.
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.
There are still two
engine access doors, the exhaust deflector is also missing here, like on many
This variant was only manufactured by Pressed Steel Car (approx. 1255 units produced).
M4A1(76)W HVSS Sherman.
This tank is nearly identical to the M4A1(76)W, however it has the Horizontal
Volute Suspension System.