M-4A4 "Sherman" medium tank - Edificio Libertador (Buenos Aires)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
S 34° 36.607 W 058° 22.139
21H E 374484 N 6169340
Quick Description: Depicted retired medium tank M-4A4 "Sherman" is displayed in a small park in the front of Edificio Libertador, the seat of Argentinian Ministry of Defence, in Monserrat district of Buenos Aires.
Location: Argentina
Date Posted: 1/15/2016 12:15:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMQ9CR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 3

Long Description:

Depicted retired medium tank M-4A4 "Sherman" is displayed in a small park in the front of Edificio Libertador, the seat of Argentinian Ministry of Defence, in Monserrat district of Buenos Aires. M-4A4 medium tanks were used by Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic almost 60 years. The last of them were decomissioned in 1998.

The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most numerous battle tank used by the United States and some other Western Allies in World War II. In spite of being surpassed by German medium and heavy tanks late in the war, the M4 Sherman proved to be very reliable, cheaper to produce and available in greater numbers. Thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and Soviet Union. The tank was named after the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman by the British.

The M4 Sherman evolved from the interim M3 Medium Tank, which had its main armament in a side sponson mount. The M4 retained much of the previous mechanical design but put the main 75 mm gun in a fully traversing turret. One controversial feature, a one-axis gyrostabilizer, was not precise enough to allow firing when moving but did help keep the reticle on target, so that when the tank did stop to fire, the gun would be aimed in roughly the right direction. The designers stressed mechanical reliability, ease of production and maintenance, durability, standardization of parts and ammunition in a limited number of variants, and moderate size and weight. These factors, combined with M4 Sherman's then-superior armor and armament, outclassed German light and medium tanks of 1939–42. The M4 went on to be produced in large numbers. It spearheaded many offensives by the Western Allies after 1942.

The relative ease of production allowed huge numbers of the M4 to be manufactured, and significant investment in tank recovery and repair units allowed disabled vehicles to be repaired and returned to service. These factors combined to give the Americans numerical superiority in most battles, and many infantry divisions were provided with M4s and tank destroyers.

After World War II, the Sherman, often in updated versions, saw combat in many conflicts, including the Korean War, the Arab-Israeli Wars, and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. [Wiki]

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