Dragon Armor – M4A3E8 Sherman , 24th Infantry Div. , Han River Korea 1951 (Korean War 60th Anniversary)

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                            M4 Sherman

M4 Sherman (oficiální označení americké armády Medium Tank, M4) byl nejznámější americký tank ve druhé světové válce a krátce po ní. Pojmenován byl britskými vojsky po americkém generálu Shermanovi. S téměř padesáti tisíci vyrobenými kusy to byl druhý nejpočetnější tank války, předčil jej pouze ruský T-34.

Typ vozidlastřední tank
Země původu Spojené státy americké
Historie výroby
VýrobceDetroit Tank Arsenal, Pressed Steel, Baldwin, American Loco, Pullman, Pacific Car & Foundry, a další
Návrh1940
Období výroby1942–1945
Vyrobeno kusů49 234, mimo prototypy
Ve službě1942–1957 (USA)
1945–dosud (ostatní)

The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in World War II. The M4 Sherman proved to be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. Thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and Soviet Union.

Specifications
Weight66,800–84,000 lb (33.4-42.0 short tons, 30.3–38.1 tonnes) depending upon variant
Length19 ft 2 in–20 ft 7 in (5.84–6.27 m) depending upon variant
Width8 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in (2.62–2.99 m) depending upon variant
Height9 ft 0 in–9 ft 9 in (2.74–2.97 m) depending upon variant
Crew5 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, assistant driver/bow gunner)

Armor12.7 mm (0.5 in) minimum
Up to a maximum of 177.8 mm (7.0 in) depending upon variant
Main
armament
75 mm gun M3 (90–104 rounds)
or
76 mm gun M1A1, M1A1C, or M1A2(71 rounds)
or
105 mm howitzer M4 (66 rounds)
Secondary
armament
.50 caliber Browning M2HB machine gun (300–600 rounds),
2×.30 caliber Browning M1919A4 machine guns (6,000–6,750 rounds)
EngineM4 and M4A1 model:Continental R975-C1 or -C4 9 cylinder radial gasoline engine,
350 or 400 hp (261 or 298 kW) at 2,400 rpm
M4A2 model: General Motors 6046 twin inline diesel engine; 375 hp (280 kW) at 2,100 rpm
M4A3 model: Ford GAA V8 gasoline engine; 450 hp (336 kW) at 2,600 rpm
M4A4 model: Chrysler A57 30 cylinder gasoline engine; 370 hp (276 kW) at 2,400 rpmM4A6 model: Caterpillar D-200A (Wright RD-1820) 9 cylinder radial diesel engine; 450 hp (336 kW) at 2,400 rpm
Power/weight10.46–13.49 hp/short ton (8.60–11.09 kW/t) depending upon variant
TransmissionSpicer manual synchromesh transmission, 5 forward and 1 reverse gears
SuspensionVertical volute spring suspension (VVSS) or horizontal volute spring suspension (HVSS)
Fuel capacity138–175 U.S. gallons (522–662 litres) depending upon variant
Operational
range
100–150 miles (161–241 km) on road depending upon variant
Speed22–30 mph (35–48 km/h) on road, depending upon variant

From May to July 1944, the Army accepted a limited run of 254 M4A3E2 Jumbo Shermans, which had very thick hull armor and the 75 mm gun in a new, far better protected T23-style turret, in order to assault fortifications. The M4A3 model was the first to be factory-produced with the horizontal volute spring suspension (HVSS) system, beginning in August 1944. With wider tracks to distribute weight, and the smooth ride of the HVSS, it gained the nickname “Easy Eight” from its experimental E8 designation.

M4A3(76)W HVSS or M4A3E8 “Easy Eight”

A famous derivative, commonly known as the M4A3E8 or “Easy Eight”, first produced by Detroit Arsenal factory, had a 47 degree sloped glacis with large hatches, wet ammo bins, full up-armored sides, new HVSS suspensions, a revised turret with the long 76.2 mm (3 in) gun fitted with a muzzle brake. They were designed on British specs (local denomination “Sherman AY”), and were produced from March 1944 to April 1945, with 4542 units total. Many had upper side skirt protection.

The 89th Medium Tank Battalion was an armored tank unit of the United States Army. It was activated in Korea in August, 1950 and in November 1951, it was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. The unit participated no fewer than ten campaigns, from 1951 through the Armistice in 1953 with the 26th Division. It earned the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation.

 

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