Attention WW2 geeks!
My son and I play Memoir 44 when we have time, Playing Memoir 44 scratches the major itch we have for WW2 history. Our discussions often lead to photos and emails and sometimes questions.
So, it wasn’t a surprise when he sent me the below video of a tank crushing a couple of cars. I’m generally better at identifying what kind of tank is depicted and he didn’t immediately recognize the tank in the video.
What is funny is that neither did I except to know it was a Sherman variant and not a Pershing. So, below is me thinking it through and re-watching the video at least three times. It’s no fun getting old and you think your memory should be sharper than it is!
My first guess was it was an American Easy 8 but fudged because at the first watching I just thought the gun looked bigger than an Easy 8. I knew it was not a Pershing, so that’s something.
Then I thought it was a British Firefly with American markings. (The British upgraded 1 in 5 Sherman’s with their excellent 17lb gun.)
Then I thought it was an Israeli Super-Sherman with American markings. (The Israelis upgraded their Sherman’s by adding a high-velocity 105mm gun.)
Then I went back to my first guess that I fudged on. It’s a late war Sherman with a high velocity 76mm gun as opposed to the more common model with the 75mm. Yep, that’s it. Always go with your first guess.
The M4 Sherman was not the best tank in WW2 but it was produced in huge numbers and served in all of the Allied Armies. It saw further service in the Korean War and had a huge lease on life in the IDF well into the 70′s.
It was fun re-researching this famous tank again.