M4 Sherman Tank Owners' Workshop Manual: An insight into the history, development, production, uses, and ownership of the world's most iconic tank

Overview

The M4 Sherman can be said to be the tank that won World War II. With almost fifty thousand built during the war, it was America’s primary armored fighting vehicle during the war. Thousands of these found their way into the inventories of the British Army and Soviet Red Army as well as other allies.

This manual covers the development of the Sherman, the vast array of variants, and the use of the hull and chassis for other purposes. Also covered...

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Overview

The M4 Sherman can be said to be the tank that won World War II. With almost fifty thousand built during the war, it was America’s primary armored fighting vehicle during the war. Thousands of these found their way into the inventories of the British Army and Soviet Red Army as well as other allies.

This manual covers the development of the Sherman, the vast array of variants, and the use of the hull and chassis for other purposes. Also covered is production, anatomy, paintwork, and markings.

Information on the M4 in action takes the reader from combat against Rommel’s Afrika Korps to Italy, the invasion at Normandy, and the race across France.

And it wouldn’t be a Haynes manual without practical information about owning, restoring, and maintaining a Sherman tank. Whether you are an armchair General Patton or a serious collector, tips on buying a tank, special tools, handling heavy components, and recommended fluids and lubricants will prove invaluable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760342947
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 577,479
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Ware is an expert on military and civil vehicles, including armored fighting vehicles (AFVs). He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Illustrated Guide to Military Vehicles and The World Encyclopaedia of Military Motorcycles. He lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Sherman story
The development of the tank
Development of the M4 medium tank
Sherman variants
Gun tank variants
Specialised tanks
Other applications for the M4 chassis
Building the Sherman
Production
Contracts and serial numbers
Tank manufacturers
Refurbishment and remanufacture
Engine manufacturers
Tank guns
Lend-Lease
Anatomy of the Sherman
Engines
Fuel systems
Cooling system
Transmission and final drive
Steering brakes
Suspension
Tracks
Hull and turret
Interior lighting
Finish
Main gun
Sighting and vision equipment
Secondary weapons
Ammunition storage
Crew accommodation
Communications equipment
Production changes and modifications
The Sherman in action
Deployment
Crew
Fighting with the Sherman
Armoured protection
Repair
Post-war users
Owning the Sherman
Buying a Sherman
Insurance
Legal aspects of owning a tank
Driving
Transportation
Restoring the Sherman
Safety first
Tools and working facilities
Handling heavy components
Stripping the vehicle
Maintaining the Sherman
Day-to-day problems and reliability issues
Lubrication
Epilogue
Appendices
Typical dimensions and weights
Manufacturing contracts, serial numbers and US Army registration numbers, 1941–45
Parts availability
Documentation
Service history
Useful contacts
Index

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