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M4 Sherman Tank

The Medium Tank, M4 was the primary tank produced by the United States for its own use and the use of its allies during World War II.  Production of the M4 medium tank exceeded 50,000 units and its chassis served as the basis for numerous other armored vehicles such as tank destroyers, tank retrievers, and self-propelled artillery.

1) Who did the British Army name the M4 Medium Tank after?M4 Sherman Tank

  1. Union General William Tecumseh Sherman

  2. English Lord Oliver Sherman

  3. Northern Ireland governor Sir Jeffery Sherman

2) Production began in October 1941 and went into service in 1942.
When was the M4 taken out of Army service?

  1. 1947

  2. 1950

  3. 1955

3) The M4A1 Sherman first saw combat at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 with the British 8th Army.

  • True or False?

4) When the Sherman first saw combat in 1942, its 75 mm M3 gun could defeat the armor of the German Pzkw III and Pzkw IV tanks it faced in North Africa at normal combat ranges.

  • True or False?

5) Starting with the invasion of Sicily in August 1943, it was discovered that the 75 mm M3 gun was effective against the front of the Pzkw V Panther and Pzkw VI Tiger I tanks and the front of more common Jagdpanzer anti-tank vehicles at typical combat ranges.

  • True or False?

6) The 75 mm M3 gun was thereby rendered obsolete.
What did the European Theater of Operations quickly demand deliveries of the Sherman armed with?

  1. 76 mm M1 gun

  2. 86 mm M2 gun

  3. 96 mm M3 gun

7) In the relatively few tank battles of the Pacific War, even the 75 mm gun Sherman's outclassed the Japanese in every engagement.

  • True or False?

8) The M4 had an escape hatch on the hull bottom to help the crew survive .
However, in the Pacific what was the hatch used for?

  1. Drop grenades into caves

  2. Recover wounded infantry under fire

  3. Refuel the tank

9) Early Sherman models were prone to burning when struck by high velocity rounds. The Sherman gained grim nicknames.
What was the British nickname?

  1. Ronsons

  2. The Burning Grave

  3. Tommycooker

10) What was the top speed of a M4 Sherman/

  1. 15 mph

  2. 20 mph

  3. 25 mph


M4 Sherman Tank
(Answers)

1) A. 2) C. 3) True 4) True 5) False.  Starting with the invasion of Sicily in August 1943, it was discovered that the 75 mm M3 gun was ineffective against the front of the Pzkw V Panther and Pzkw VI Tiger I tanks and the front of more common Jagdpanzer anti-tank vehicles at typical combat ranges.6) A. 7) True 8) B. 9) A. 10) C.

 
 


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