Sherman tank, officially M4 General Sherman, main battle tank designed and built by the United States for the conduct of World War II. The M4 was the most widely used tank series in the war, being employed not only by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps but also by British, Canadian, and Free French forces. The M4 was employed in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and western Europe and throughout the Pacific theatre. A total of 49,324 Sherman tanks were produced in 11 plants between 1942 and 1946. Continue reading The M3 And M4 Sherman Tank
In the 1980s the U.S. Army introduced the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The Bradley weighs 27.6 tons, has a three-man crew, can carry six infantrymen, and is armed with a turret-mounted 25-mm cannon and an antitank missile launcher. The most modern version, the M2A3, includes infrared sights, a laser range finder, and bolt-on reactive armour tiles. Its British equivalent is the Warrior Mechanized Combat Vehicle, introduced in 1986. The Warrior weighs 24.5 tons, has a three-man crew, can carry seven infantrymen, and is armed with a turret-mounted 30-mm cannon.
Tank M4A4 cutaway (Click on Image to Enlarge)
1 – Lifting ring, 2 – Ventilator, 3 – Turret hatch, 4 – Periscope, 5 – Turret hatch race, 6 – Turret seat, 7 – Gunner’s seat, 8 – Turret seat, 9 – Turret, 10 – Air cleaner, 11 – Radiator filler cover, 12 – Air cleaner manifold, 13 – Power unit, 14 – Exhaust pipe, 15 – Track idler, 16 – Single water pump, 17 – Radiator, 18 – Generator, 19 – Rear drive shaft, 20 – Turret basket, 21 – slip ring, 22 – Front drive shaft, 23 – Suspension bogie, 24 – Transmission, 25 – Main drive sprocket, 26 – Driver’s seat, 27 – Machine gunner’s seat, 28 – 75 mm gun, 29 – Drivers hatch, 30 – M 1919A4 machine gun
100 years after it made its World War I combat debut, the tank remains a crucial weapon for military forces across the globe.
The history of tanks begins with Little Willie, the first completed prototype in the development of the British Mark I. It was constructed in the fall of 1915 and is the oldest surviving individual tank in the world. This example is housed at The Tank Museum in Bovington, England. Continue reading Historic Military Tanks