The M4A2 Sherman
Shermans were equipped with a General Motors 6046 engine (2x GM 6-71 General Motors Diesel engines); they have a
welded hull, there were 75mm and 76mm versions only. The
users were : USSR, USMC (in the Pacific Theater of Operations), France, Britain, Poland. No US Army combat use (Source
This variant was
manufactured by Fisher Body, Baldwin LW, Federal Machine and Welder,
ALCO and Pullman Standard (approx. 7053 units produced).
M4A2(75). This tank has
a 75mm gun, small hatches (protruding hoods), a 57° glacis and dry ammunition
The 57° glacis shows
small hatches and protruding drivers' hoods.
The rear hull plate is
grille" engine deck plate.
The exhaust system,
there are no engine access doors. Sometimes, there is an an exhausts gas
This variant was only manufactured by Fisher Body (approx. 1000 units produced).
M4A2(75) Dry. This tank
is a transitional version of the M4A2, it has the 47° 1-piece glacis with large
hatches, but still retains the dry ammunition stowage bins (the other 75mm and 76mm variants with the 47°
glacis and large hatches have wet ammo stowage bins). It has additional armor plates added to the hull sides (which is not seen on wet stowage tanks). It is estimated that 1000 tanks of
this particular transitional version were built by Fisher, starting in November 1943. One single, incomplete survivor
is known and preserved in Bucharest (Romania).
This variant was only manufactured by Fisher Body (approx. 1594 units produced).
This tank has a 47°
glacis, large hatches and wet ammunition stowage. It has a T23
turret and a 76mm main gun. This photo comes from the Russian archives, it was taken during trials in USSR, probably in 1944. Most if not all the M4A2(76) VVSS
Shermans went to Soviet lend-lease, no surviving example of this
Sherman variant is known yet.
The 47° glacis shows
The rear hull plate is
grille" engine deck plate. Note that an additional petrol/oil cap was
added, compared to earlier M4A2 engine deck plates.
The exhaust system is
the same than on earlier M4A2s. These five photos are courtesy of Don Allen.
This variant was manufactured by Fisher Body and Pressed Steel Car (approx. 1321 units produced).
M4A2(76)W HVSS. This tank is nearly identical to the M4A2(76)W with a
47° glacis, larges hatches and wet stowage, but it has an
Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (photo courtesy of Paul & Lorén Hannah).
Note that this type of rubber tracks didn't see any service during WW2.