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Wednesday 15 January 2003

The great thing about Shermans was their number. They were made in their thousands. Outclassed by the german tanks, especially the Tiger, they had their way against the German armour by shear weight of numbers plus the allied air strikes. Slightly heavier than the Panther it’s armour plating was thinner.

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The early models had a 76mm gun but later ones were armed with a 80mm gun.

The Sherman was used as the base for the DD - amphibious tanks

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DD sherman

and some were converted to Crab - mine sweeping tanks.

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Sherman crab

The tank Killer was a sherman base with a modified open turret and a 3inch gun. It was the tank used by the Franch armoured division led by Gen Leclerc who liberated Paris.

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