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  US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank with 105mm Gun & HVSS Suspension - 713th Tank Battalion, Okinawa, 1945 (1:72 Scale)
US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank with 105mm Gun & HVSS Suspension - 713th Tank Battalion, Okinawa, 1945

Dragon US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank with 105mm Gun & HVSS Suspension - 713th Tank Battalion, Okinawa, 1945




 
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Dragon DRA60315 US M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank with 105mm Gun & HVSS Suspension - 713th Tank Battalion, Okinawa, 1945 (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 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.

Early Shermans mounted a 75mm medium-velocity general-purpose gun. Later M4A1, M4A2, and M4A3 models received the larger T23 turret with a high-velocity 76mm gun M1, which traded reduced HE and smoke performance for improved anti-tank performance. The British offered the QF 17 pounder (76.2 mm) anti-tank gun with its significant armour penetration but a significant initial (later rectified) HE shortcoming to the Americans but the US Ordnance Department was working on a 90mm tank gun and declined. Later M4 and M4A3 were factory-produced with a 105mm howitzer and a new distinctive mantlet in the original turret. The first standard-production 76mm-gun Sherman was an M4A1 accepted in January 1944 and the first standard-production 105mm-howitzer Sherman was an M4 accepted in February 1944.

This 1/72 model portrays a tank of the 713th Tank Battalion fighting in Okinawa in 1945. The Battle of Okinawa was fierce, with the U.S. suffering twice the number of casualties it received at Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal combined. A total of 66,000 Japanese defenders were killed, and only 7,000 were captured. With its 105mm howitzer, this tank was ideal for blasting away at enemy strong points and fortifications. To make the tank less of a target, the Allied star markings on the turret and hull have been smeared with mud, a characteristic that is replicated on this model. Detail on the HVSS system is finely produced, and the overall build and painting quality of this collector's piece as high as that produced by veteran model makers. This is a fine model representing the brutal fighting to occupy Okinawa, and will be welcomed by Sherman fans. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Length: 3.25 inches
Width: 1.5 inches

Release Date: August 2007

Historical Account: "Typhoon of Steel" - The Battle of Okinawa, fought on the Japanese island of Okinawa, was the largest amphibious assault during the Pacific campaigns of World War II. It lasted from late March through June 1945.

The battle has been referred to as the "Typhoon of Steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or tetsu no bōfū ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of gunfire involved, and sheer numbers of Allied ships and armoured vehicles that assaulted the island. Okinawa had a large civilian population, of whom at least 150,000 were killed during the battle, while the Japanese army attempted to defend the island.

The Allies were planning to use Okinawa as a staging ground for Operation Downfall, the invasion of the Japanese mainland; however, after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 and the Soviet Union's declaration of war on Japan, Japan surrendered and World War II ended.

Features
  • Open window display packaging
  • Highly popular and collectible item
  • True to 1:72 scale
  • Fully accurate mold
  • Fully assembled
  • Historically accurate markings and insignia
  • Includes protective display case

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