#1 Sherman Tank Epic Info Site: Introduction

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A brand new M4A1 76w, with a split loaders hatch and an unthreaded M1A1 gun

Introduction: What we’re doing here 

The M4 Medium AKA the Sherman tank over the last few decades has had its reputation severely soiled by several documentaries, TV shows, books, and games, all hailing it as a death trap, engineering disaster, or just a bad tank. The Sherman tank may be the most important, the most versatile and arguably the best medium tank of the war, and this site should show you why, along with documenting as much about the Sherman as I can along the way.  The only other contender for the best tank of WWII award would be the Soviet T-34. These two tanks are very comparable and would fight each other in later wars, staying very even in capability through their service lives.

This site will cover why the Sherman was a better tank than anything Germany, Italy or Japan produced during the war, on both a tactical and strategic level. I will not be reproducing the work of others, and will link to the places that already cover some information, like the wonderful Sherman Minutia site. I will cover all the major changes made to the each Sherman model though.

I will try and cover the many post war variants as well, but that could take months, there are a lot of variants of this venerable tank, including ones that involve putting the engine from one hull type into another hull type and or tanks modified by other countries with no feedback from the American designers. Some variants have heavily modified turrets, or replaced it with a new one altogether. So far only Israeli Shermans have been done.

I will also try and document the Shermans civilian use, in everything from construction demolition (Tanks used to knock down buildings), to logging use, or use as a tractors, the Sherman had a varied an interesting life in civilian hands post war. There were several companies that went into business modifying Sherman Chassis for use in the logging and line laying industries.  At least one M32 recovery tank was used as a general purpose heavy wrecker, at a ship yard. Hollywood got its fair use out of the Sherman as well, and it went on to become a popular item with vehicle collectors. Some of these restored Shermans have working canons. Who knew getting the license for a canon is easier than a machine gun?

Because of the Sherman tanks general ruggedness and reliability the ones that do run will go on running for years to come and many generations should be able to enjoy them. Unlike many of the Shermans in Army hands that are just rusting away, some not even open to the public, or even covered with a tarp. Maybe someday the Army will get around to preserving our armored history instead of letting it rot away in parking lots, but it seems doubtful at this point.

So far, I think this site has the largest collection of Sherman related technical Manuals and Field Manuals, along with a ton of Armor related and General Army TM and FMs as well. All for free. With the Data sheets that have been done, I have an awful lot of Sherman hard data up, on the tanks, Guns and one motor so far.  We have more detailed technical drawings on the Sherman tank,  and more high quality photos. We are now adding specific pages for all this Sherman info, to make it easier to find. You can find these pages via the menu bar at the top of the page!

This year I plan on doing a Tankers Story section, a Data Sheet for the Transmission, differential and final drives, I’m also going to be adding pages for each Sherman sub type. The quality of the pages is going to very, from good to great as I acquire more technical manuals and other Sherman documentation. I’ll be adding a Shermans in museums section as well.

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6 thoughts on “#1 Sherman Tank Epic Info Site: Introduction

  1. The Sherman was not a better tank. There were just far more made. Numbers vs quality. They were a lot quicker than the German Tiger tanks. The Sherman tanks were human coffins with a direct hit. Do not get me wrong … The Sherman’s were good but …

    1. Rob,
      I think if you actually read through the site, I make a pretty good case for why the Sherman tank was better than the German Armor it faced, up to and including the Panther, Tiger and Tiger II.

  2. Outstanding to see another site take root for us Sherman fans. Years ago there was another, ShermanRegistry, but it fell by the wayside and eventually went under. That was a sad time.
    Is there any chance we can see a section on the South American experiences with the Sherman, particularly Chile’s importing of ex-Israeli Shermans, even equipping them with the Israeli 60mm weapon?
    Also, it’s my understanding that either Uruguay or Paraguay has some of the closest-to-original-specs Shermans anywhere still operating as part of their Armored Corps history…? It would be great to see some of this added in the future.
    Overall excellent site! Thank you for this effort.

    1. Daniel
      Thank you for your comments on the site! The Sherman Minutia site is really probably the best Sherman site, but I’d like to think I’m second! I do plan on covering as much as I can on South American Shermans, I just haven’t found many good sources. I will get to them for sure though! You have to love Shermans being used that late!

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