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BBA026 Wounded" Sherman" (King and Country BBA026)








Tanks have certainly played a large role in mechanizing warfare. What is less well known, however, are the crews who operated these massive machines. The illustration below cover the responsibilities of each crew member in the American WW2 Sherman M4 Medium Tank and the roles each crew plays.





 

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A hastily snow-camouflaged Sherman stands forlorn... its right track has ran over a land mine and the results are plain for all to see... a badly damaged rear end plus a split track. Two U.S. tankers consider the problem... and ponder a solution.
 

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The Sherman tank saw combat with two turret types. The turret it saw combat with first was the D50878 turret (this model).








Early to well into later production 75mm gun armed Shermans (this model) did not have a loader's hatch. This meant if the loader had to bail out of the turret it is through the commander’s hatch. He had to get around the main gun to do it and it would be a very hard thing to do if the tank was burning or filled with smoke or an injured commander or gunner blocking his only exit route.





The tank turret of the Sherman tank was cast whole in a single mold. It's not very accurate and not very uniform actually. It's definitely inferior compared to RHA (Rolled Homogeneous Armor). The advantage is, cast armor can be easily mass produce in large number very quickly with the proper industrial capacity.
 

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The M4A1 Sherman is distinctive from its cast hull construction, causing it to have a curved hull shape. This causes the front hull armour to have a varying slope angle across the glacis, but it also presents several weaknesses.










The first weakness is in the hull front and side joint with slightly flat angles when angling the tank. The next is the cast construction which diminishes the labeled effectiveness of the front armour. Like its turret, the advantage in cast armor can be easily mass produce in large number very quickly.
 

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Weight - 30.3 tonnes
Length - 5.84 m
Width - 2.62 m
Height - 2.74 m
Crew - 5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver)
Armour - 76 mm (maximum)
Main Armament - 75 mm gun M3
Operational Range - 193 km
Speed - 40 to 48 km/h

 

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WWII US Army rifle squads consisted of twelve soldiers divided into three teams. An Able "A" team (squad leader and two scouts), Baker "B" team (BAR gunner, assistant gunner, and ammunition bearer) and Charlie "C" team (assistant squad leader, also serving as the antitank grenadier, and five riflemen, one of whom served as the alternate antitank grenadier).
 

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BBA006 Returning Patrol (King and Country BBA006)




"Three greatcoat-clad GI's return from a fighting patrol...with them a captured German prisoner."


 

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Twelve infantrymen formed the rifle squad, the basic combat unit of American WW2 Army.


 

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