War Master WMTK011 US M4 Sherman Dozer Tank - Unidentified Unit, Korea, 1950 (1:72 Scale)
"The only way you can win a war is to attack and keep on attacking, and after you have done that, keep attacking some more."
- General George S. Patton Jr., January 1945
The M4 Sherman "Dozer" tank was first used in Italy in 1943 and used in many locations afterwards. One of the more critical times where the modified dozer blade came in handy was shortly after the D-day invasion as the allied forces pressed the attack against the Germans nesting in the Bocage. The Bocage's hedgerows did not allow regular Sherman tanks to safely maneuver or penetrate the German defenses, and this was a huge problem as the Americans were in dire need of using heavy-caliber weapons. The hedgerows made advancing attacks extremely difficult and proved to be deadly terrain that needed to be forged.
At each attempt the regular Sherman tank would roll making contact with the hedgerows, only to lift upwards onto the dense brush exposing its vulnerable belly to the German panzerfaust attacks. The American forces need a solution to the problem. Initially explosives were used to break through the Bocage's hedgerows. Fifty-pound explosives proved to be powerful enough to clear a path large enough for Sherman tanks to drive through.
However, explosives were not the wisest methods for clearing the hedgerows, they took away the element of surprise. The sound of the explosion would typically give away the American's positions. Soon the Americans discovered that the M4 Sherman dozer tanks, (Sherman tanks with blades) caused the tanks to act like a super bulldozer. These "dozer tanks" proved to be a better solution than the explosives, and saved many lives as the American forces could safely cut through the dangerous hedgerows and provide a clear path for the ground troops and other armored vehicles. These conditions created other ideas and uses for the Sherman tanks including acting as battering rams and cutting devices.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale diecast replica of a US M4 Sherman Dozer tank that was attached to an unidentified unit then deployed to Korea during 1950.
Length: 3-1/4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Release Date: January 2012
Historical Account: "Hedgerows" - The Battle of Normandy was fought in 1944 between Nazi Germany in Western Europe and the invading Allied forces as part of the larger conflict of World War II. Over sixty years later, the Normandy invasion, codenamed Operation Overlord, still remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million troops crossing the English Channel from England to Normandy in then German-occupied France. It is most commonly known by the name D-Day.
The primary Allied formations that saw combat in Normandy came from the United States of America, United Kingdom and Canada. Substantial Free French and Polish forces also participated in the battle after the assault phase, and there were also contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, and Norway.
The Normandy invasion began with overnight parachute and glider landings, massive air attacks, naval bombardments, and an early morning amphibious phase began on June 6th. The 'D-Day' forces deployed from bases along the south coast of England, the most important of these being Portsmouth. The battle for Normandy continued for more than two months, with campaigns to establish, expand, and eventually break out of the Allied beachheads, and concluded with the liberation of Paris and the fall of the Falaise pocket in late August 1944.
The Battle of Normandy was described thus by Adolf Hitler: "In the East, the vastness of space will... permit a loss of territory... without suffering a mortal blow to Germany's chance for survival. Not so in the West! If the enemy here succeeds. consequences of staggering proportions will follow within a short time."