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Lemay in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

WWII M4A3E8 Sherman Tank

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, December 28, 2020
1. WWII M4A3E8 Sherman Tank Marker
Inscription.  Weight: 66,800 pounds
Width: 8.7 feet
Engine: Continental R975 C1, 400 hp at 2400 rpm
Main Armament: 75 mm M3 L/40 gun (90 rounds) or 76 mm gun M1 (55 rounds)
Secondary Armament: .50 cal Browning M3HB machine gun (300 rounds), 2x 30-06 Browning M1919A4 machine guns (4750 rounds)
Length: 19.2 feet
Crew: 5 personnel
Height: 9 feet
Armor: 3 inch maximum
Speed: 25 to 30 mph
Range: 120 miles at 175 gal

The M4A3E8 Sherman tank was the primary battle tank of WWII. It first saw battle in North Africa where it outperformed the German Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks. This early success convinced American planners the Sherman would be adequate throughout the war. Unfortunately, the heavy German tanks in the European theater flat outmatched the Sherman's 75 mm gun and relatively thin armor. The Americans numerical superiority and the combination of artillery and air dominance ensured Allied Victory in Europe.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
 
Location.
WWII M4A3E8 Sherman Tank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 28, 2020
2. WWII M4A3E8 Sherman Tank Marker
38° 30.353′ N, 90° 16.826′ W. Marker is in Lemay, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is at the intersection of Hancock Avenue and Center Drive, on the right when traveling east on Hancock Avenue. Marker is located at the entrance of Missouri National Guard area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Grant Rd, Saint Louis MO 63125, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of First Parachute Jump (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Parade Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Grant: The St. Louis Years (approx. 0.2 miles away); Victims of the Japanese Massacre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Michael Joseph Blassie (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Army Air Forces Air Crash Victims May 13, 1945 (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Merchant Marine Seamen and Navy Armed Guard Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Navy Seabees (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lemay.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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