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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Army's Work Horse

The M4 Series Sherman Tank

 
 
The Army's Work Horse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. The Army's Work Horse Marker
Inscription. The Sherman tank received a brutal initiation to warfare when the U.S. Army first took it into combat on December 6, 1942 against the Germans in the North African country of Tunisia. They quickly found that the Germans’ guns and larger tanks easily outdid the Sherman with its thin armor and low velocity gun.

As the Sherman tank design matured throughout the war, so did its usefulness. The intended role of the U.S. medium tank was to support infantry. For the D-Day invasion, “Duplex Drive” Sherman’s (sic), surrounded by watertight material that stretched above the tank, were designed to float ashore guided by propellers. In the pacific campaigns, the Sherman’s guns and size easily overpowered the smaller Japanese light tanks helping to secure the beachheads.

In spite of early limitations, the Sherman chassis was the platform for everything from tanks to bridge transports. the Sherman was easy to maneuver and maintain and was quickly produced in large numbers. it became the main battle tank of the Allies, used by Britain, Canada, and other countries. The Sherman Battle Tank was American armored forces most significant contribution to the Allied victory in World war II.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location.

Insert - M4 Shermans in action image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - M4 Shermans in action
40° 12.283′ N, 77° 9.586′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A New German Offender: (here, next to this marker); A Soldier Story (within shouting distance of this marker); A Toll Paid in Blood (within shouting distance of this marker); Bugler John Cook (within shouting distance of this marker); Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker); Drummer Jarvis Hanks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Winter Cabins (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Insert - weapon characteristics image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - weapon characteristics
M4 Sherman on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. M4 Sherman on display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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