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Sherman Crushing Cars

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.

Memoir 44 Wargame in progress

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!

An M26 Pershing armed with the 90 mm gun

An M26 Pershing armed with the 90 mm gun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Sherman medium tank from World War II, the wor...

Sherman medium tank from World War II, the workhorse of U.S. armoured forces (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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2 comments on “Sherman Crushing Cars

  1. Hi Bruce, That’s an interesting looking game you are playing, looks something in between wargame and boardgame. The ubiquitous Sherman is still one of my favourites and by coincidence I was photographing some AFV’s including Shermans the other day. I picked up some secondhand at a convention (and did them up adding stowage and sandbags) which look like the standard M4 with the early bogies but which have the ‘skirts’ the Korean war version with the later bogies have. I am not very good at ‘marks’ of tank though I recognise the basic model usually for WW2 anyway. Any idea which mark it might be?
    I’ve seen a couple of TV documentaries about the enthusiasts who ‘collect’ the real thing, overhaul them and get them running then use them to crush cars at meets! Over here the Bovington museum and the more humble Muckleborough tank museums are well worth a visit.

    • Hi Stephen,

      Memoir 44 is the something in-between you describe. The vehicles are made by Perrin, not sure about the infantry, but in either case their later releases are much better done than the earlier. Some gamers have done some amazing things with them and even making terrain for the board.The game first came out to commemorate the Normandy invasion. Days of Wonder put it out. I think it’s a joint French-American company. You can play a game in about an hour but it’s not a kid’s game. It uses an interesting combination of specialized dice and tactics cards. The scale is flexible depending on the scenario you are playing. There are modules that cover the desert war, the eastern front, the pacific and so on. It scratches my miniatures itch! Oh, yeah, they have an online version for those that own the board game.

      I used to be much better at identifying armor. Played a lot back in the 60’s and 70″s and had many of the Roco tanks and Airfix infantry. Graduated to the GHQ 1/285 but never really liked the small scale. We use to jazz up the Roco models like you did and some guys had the ability to make full scale conversions. Now you can get whatever you want.

      As to the Sherman in the picture I’m not sure. It clearly has the 76.2 mm gun so it’s late war. The British Firefly was M4A4 so maybe this one is an A3. It would be the model used in some tank battalions used in Korea. The M26 Pershing would be the other. The Commonwealth Division had a number of the excellent Centurions, crewed by Aussies, I think. Thanks for stopping by.

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