Collectors Showcase CS00587N US M4A1 Sherman Medium Tank - Lafayette Pool, "In the Mood", 3rd Armored Division, France, 1944 (1:30 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 medium tank was regarded by many as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly". Eleven different US plants manufactured six basic models of the Sherman, and by June 1944 over 49,234 battle-ready vehicles had been produced. While it was no match for the German Panther or Tiger tanks, the Sherman soldiered on, using its weight in numbers to wrest control of Europe from the Wehrmacht. The M4A3 was fitted with a long-barrel M1A1 76mm gun, which replaced the shorter and less effective 75mm gun, and sported a larger, more angular turret to house the bigger gun. In addition, the slope of the M4A3's frontal armor was changed to 47-degrees to increase frontal protection and simplify the production process.
This particular 1:30 scale replica of a US M4A1 Sherman tank was commanded by Sgt. Lafayette Pool, who was attached to the 3rd Armored Division then serving in France during 1944. Now in stock!
Length: 8-1/2 inches
Width: 4 inches
Release Date: June 2012
Historical Account: "Top of the Leader Board" - Lafayette G. Pool (July 23rd, 1919 - May 30th, 1991) was an American tank-crew and tank-platoon commander in World War II and is widely recognized as the US tank ace of aces, credited with 12 confirmed tank kills and 258 total vehicle and self-propelled gun kills. He has received many medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Fourragre, and the Lgion d'honneur.
Pool served with the US 3rd Armored Division in France between June and September 1944. He was commander of three Sherman tanks, (an M4A1, and two M4A1(76)W) all of which bore the nickname "IN THE MOOD", and all of which were eventually shot out from under him.
Pool fought in 21 separate engagements during his time in France before eventually being knocked out of the war when he lost his leg following an ambush by a German '88'. After rehabilitation and being fitted with a prosthesis he returned to the Army in 1948 and went on to serve in the Korean War. He left the Army in 1960 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2.