I understand it being a trained tank soldier as the part of the turret that hangs down into the hull to hold the seating for the gunner and commander. Fitters assembling an M2A4 light tank at a British ordnance depot. This tank had a single fixed turret which carried one 50 caliber machine gun. The M4 was, therefore, not originally intended primarily as an. Photo: Osprey Publishing It was not especially liked by the Soviets, so much so that they turned down later American proposals for M5, and sent them to the Manchurian front. Although Ordnance began work on the series as Sherman replacements, ultimately the Army decided to minimize production disruption by incorporating elements of other tank designs into the Sherman.
Although the high-velocity guns of tank destroyers were useful for penetrating fortifications, M4s armed with flamethrowers were often deployed, as direct fire seldom destroyed Japanese fortifications. By that time, the Cavalry already had its. The first prototype was delivered in 1933. However, the M2 produced in 1940 was newer by five years. Later the gun can be upgraded again with a powerful 37mm gun that hits very hard for its tier, considering its short reload time. 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. It is capable of engaging in all forms of combat, but its primary role is in offensive operations against hostile rear areas.
This approach permitted surprisingly fast progress through the very tough and well-defended hedgerows in Normandy. Production of the M2A4 light tank started in May 1940, and went on through until March 1941, at the American Car And Foundry company. Soon, it became clear that a new model, which could be favorably compared to the European models, had to be studied for mass production. The M2A4 paved the way for a better version: the Stuart M3 light tank. The force also included elements of the Canadian, Netherlands and Free French armies.
Through the year 1943, all regular units operated only as scouts and were gradually replaced by improved M5 tanks. The disparity in firepower between the German armored fighting vehicles of 1943 and the 75 mm-armed M4 was the impetus to begin production of 76 mm-armed M4s in January 1944. The main pre-war version was the M2A2, with 239 produced, becoming the main tank in the infantry units in the Interwar period. Due to their misconceptions related to this, and also due to tests that seemed to prove that the 76 mm gun was able to destroy both the Tiger and the Panther, the leadership of Army Ground Forces were not especially concerned by the Tiger I. The white or yellow turret band was a common feature, with special markings for some units. By the end of the war, roughly half the U.
Thats why I think the M2A4 would be our reserve tank considering it uses a 37mm gun. The M2A1 armed with a single 12. However, the order was upgraded to the Stuart tank class after only 36 M2 examples had arrived. Test variations were numbered M3E1, M3E2, M3E3 and mostly centered around diesel versus gasoline engines. The Sherman's reliability resulted from many features developed for U.
As such, the importance of the M2 in American armored warfare concerning World War 2 should not be overlooked. However, British Army test results conducted with two Fireflys against a Panther turret-sized target demonstrated relatively poor accuracy at long range; a hit probability of 25. A useful tactic is to make use of its speed by engaging at range and then relocating when the fire get to heavy around you. The 17-pounder still could not penetrate the steeply sloped glacis plate of the Panther but it was expected to be able to pierce its gun mantlet at over 2,500 yards 2,300 m ; moreover it was estimated it would defeat the 's frontal armor from 1,900 yards 1,700 m. A 76 mm-armed Sherman could penetrate the upper frontal hull superstructure of a Tiger I tank from normal combat ranges.
Links M2A4 Light Tank specifications Dimensions 4. . Armour of the Middle East Wars 1948-1978. Photo: Marine Corps Museum An M2A4 of the 3rd Platoon, A Company, 1st Tank Battalion on the beach at Guadalcanal. Machine guns Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft, but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. The suspension was replaced by the superior system in the T2E1 series of 1935. There is evidence that indicates these 36 M2A4s ended up as part of the British Army's 7th Hussars and 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, fighting in the India and Burma campaigns against the Japanese 14th Tank Regiment.
Many details of production, shape, strength, and performance improved while in production, without a change to the tank's basic model number. In addition to the new armament and turret, armor protection was improved to 25mm while the powertrain was revised for the better. In the interwar years following World War 1 and prior to World War 2, the tank underwent an evolution that saw the demise of these lozenge-shaped beasts of old. The very same tanks were also engaged at Guadalcanal. This greatly aided the strategic, logistical, and tactical flexibility and mobility of all Allied armored forces using the Sherman. The viewed the M2A4 as a stopgap tank; work to improve it further began in June 1940. Those that saw action included a bulldozer blade, the system, flamethrowers for Zippo , and various rocket launchers such as the.
Army for use in their M4 tanks. The M2A1 Medium at Aberdeen Proving Ground in 2008. Military History of the Great Lakes. The remainder were then serviced and rearmed with 75 mm guns and components whenever these became available, composing a large part of Israeli tank forces for the next eight years. All Brickmania building kits are limited production and may be discontinued at any time. M2A4: 1 x 37mm Gun M5 main gun in single turret 4 x.
One great advantage is that the Sherman has a very powerful motor in proportion to its weight. Army doctrine at the time emphasized the multirole ability of the tank, and the capability of the high explosive shell was considered important. It was originally developed from the prototype T2 tank built by Rock Island Arsenal, which had a Vickers-type leaf spring suspension. For this type of terrain, the Japanese and the found light tanks easier to transport and employ. In late 1941, the M2A4 was succeeded by the. Fuel fires occasionally occurred, but such fires were far less common and less deadly than ammunition fires. Tiger I Heavy Tank 1942—45.