The Sherman M4 is one of the most famous and brilliant combat tanks of the Second World War. Succeeding the M3 from 1941, it was distinguished by a 360° rotating turret with 75mm gun.
Production of this model continued until April 1945, undergoing various modifications and evolution’s during this time, such as the first moulded hull, which were subsequently welded, and various different engines.
The example presented is a M4A1 ” Grizzly “, which was a version manufactured by General Steel in the US and assembled in Canada by Montreal Locomotive Works. 188 examples were produced between October 1943 and December 1944. It was based on the American M4 Sherman tank, with several modifications. Notably, it had thicker, more sloping armour and was fitted with dry pin tracks without rubber. It retained the 9-cylinder Continental Type R-975 radial engine. André Lurton acquired this example having memories of encountering similar tanks during the Second World War. Partially restored, it has been fitted with US model tracks. It no longer has its original engine, but a Continental type R-975 C1 engine comes with it, which is missing accessories and peripherals and will require a complete overhaul. The moulded hull, typical of this version, still has its extra armoured plates on either side and a three-part front section that is specific to the early models. The driver and co-driver hatches, the front siren support, the seat for the cannon and the armoured air-extraction cover on the co-driver’s side are also specific to this model. The fuel caps are also present and original. [full article]