Sherman Tank

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Allied Unit
M4 Sherman
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20
Starting equipment:
.30 Browning MG and a 75 mm main gun.
Average stats:
Health Rifle Exp Morale Speed
1000 4 0 N/A 10px/s
Specialties:
Description:
Completely impervious to small arms fire and to its own shots, but lacks any AT protection.

Our tank is an M4 Sherman, with a 75 mm main gun and a .30 cal Browning Machinegun. It's immune to small arms fire, so only explosions and flak can damage it. A single accurate hit from AT weaponry will completely destroy it; this does NOT include grenades that land dead center. It can be used as cover to protect your soldiers, who can fire over the tank without any penalties.

The tank's main weapon will prioritize enemy vehicles over infantry. Its explosions have very little fragmentation, so anyone near the explosion is not likely to be damaged. While the main gun fires often, it also frequently misses, so any enemies close to your troops may cause friendly fire.

The tank's secondary weapon, being coaxial, cannot fire at a different target from the main gun, thus when the tank is using one, it will not use the other. In previous patches, the tank's coaxial machine gun was quite inaccurate and was only useful for pinning; however, since tanks can now gain rifle skill, the .30 turns into a lethal anti-infantry weapon within a few ranks.

Due to their high health, tanks will benefit greatly from constant Mechanic maintenance.

Modular

The Sherman can receive modular upgrades, as seen below.

3-q
.50 gunner
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4
Characteristics:
An independent pintle mount with increased rate of fire and soft-skin damaging capabilities. The crewman cannot be killed.
Description:
The player can buy a fifty gunner that goes on top of the tank. The .50 can help your tank gain exp more quickly in preparation of the later waves, where the Sherman's AT capability and competence to use it will mean the difference between life and death.
A .50 gunner spotting an Infiltrator

Fun Facts

  • In previous versions of MnB2, tanks didn't fire much, and they had a lot of fragmentation. It's been reduced now, but the high rate of fire makes up for it.
  • This is the only Allied tank in the game so far.
  • Although the bazooka's damage has been nerfed against Tiger tanks, the Sherman's gun will still destroy Tiger tanks in 1 hit. The M3 AT also retains its damage, but fires much slower. However, it only costs 8 TP, compared to the tank's 20.
  • Trying to get a tank without 20 TP, and you will be given this notification: "You don't have enough tactical points!! I know it's expensive but hey, it does kick serious arses though."

Real Life

M4A3E8 76mm Sherman at museum

The Sherman was the standard tank for the U.S. in WW2 and even saw some service into the Korean war. Upgraded Shermans were used in the Israeli army up to about the 60's. When it was first introduced into Africa, it was successful. However, when it went to war in Germany, it could not frontally destroy the German heavy tanks, such as the Tiger and Panther. The M4 was also said to be notorious for bursting into flames. This is frequently attributed to the gasoline engine, when in reality poor ammo storage was largely at fault. This was mostly fixed by something called "wet stowage", which consisted of moving ammunition into the hull floor and surrounding the shells with water jackets filled with water and a small amount of glycerin.

The Sherman tended to perform better in an anti-tank role at extremely close range in urban combat.. The lower firepower did not matter as much because at such a close range shots from the 75mm cannon would be nearly guaranteed penetrate the side armor of the Tiger. The 75mm was not capable of penetrating a Tiger's front armor even at point blank range. The later high velocity 76 mm gun was able to penetrate a Tiger tank's frontal armor at normal combat distances with HVAP ammunition; however, most Shermans only carried a few rounds of them. Without it, the 76mm could penetrate the Tiger's glacis at close-medium ranges with normal AP shot or close ranges only with APCBC ammunition; effectiveness was somewhat dependent on the type of armor used, for the AP round was better against rolled homogenous armor while the APCBC shell was superior in punching through face hardened armor. Unfortunately, at least one manufacturer of 76mm M62 APCBC produced rounds that were susceptible to shatter gap failure, where the nose would break up and fail to penetrate if the penetration of the shell was greater than the armor's effective protection by 5% to 25%. This reduced the 76mm M1A1/2's performance against heavy armor significantly when loaded with such shells.

Armor-wise, the front glacis in early war was 51mm sloped at 34 degrees from horizontal. At 91.2mm LOS thickness, this was theoretically superior to the Panzer IV Ausf. H and J's 80mm plate sloped at 80 degrees from horizontal. However, overmatch, where the diameter of the striking shell exceeded the base thickness of the plate, reduced the effectiveness of sloping. Against a 75mm projectile, the early war Sherman's frontal armor actually gave 78.3mm of protection; the T-34-85 suffered even more severely thanks to this property due to a thinner base plate thickness, and had effective frontal protection against 75mm shells equating to only 72mm of flat, unangled plate. For comparison, the Panzer IV's glacis gave 81.3mm of protection against a projectile of the same diameter. Late-war M4s had a 64mm frontal plate angled at 43 degrees from horizontal. This reduced overmatch from 75mm and 88mm guns, but did not eliminate it completely. Nevertheless, such tanks boasted about 89.46mm of frontal protection versus a 75mm shell, a major improvement.

While it is often claimed that the Sherman was inferior to German tanks, it had no serious problems with the contemporary Panzer IV medium tank. It also performed well against infantry and fortifications. The weapon layout was highly versatile: In addition to the standard 75 mm, the turret could be fitted with a high velocity 76 mm gun, a 105 mm howitzer, flamethrowers, and even rocket launchers. The Sherman was a formidable tank in the Pacific, and the only real threat was anti-tank artillery. Additionally, Sherman visibility, armor quality, and crew comfort was generally better than that of the Russian T34s, and the M4A3E8 was able to destroy the T34/85 with few problems in the Korean War. However, this was negated by the costs of the different tanks, approximately $57,500 (in modern-day money) for the T-34 and $406,500 for the Sherman.

Some Sherman tanks in the hands of the British were fitted with the 17 pounder gun with highly enhanced anti-armor performance. This allowed the Sherman to destroy the Tiger at significantly longer ranges. Since the M4 was not made for this gun there were problems with Sherman Fireflies, as they were called.

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