Corgi CC51017 US M4A3E8 Sherman Medium Tank - Captain James Leach, "BlockBuster 3D", B Company, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, Ardennes, 1944 (1:50 Scale)
"In war there is no second prize for the runner-up."
- General Omar Bradley
By all accounts, the M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded 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.
This particular 1:50 scale replica of an 'Easy Eight' tank was used during the Battle of the Bulge and was attached to B Company, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. The new M4A3 â€śEasy Eightâ€ť with the HVSS suspension was first used during the Battle of the Bulge. This tank belongs to the Company B commander, Captain James Leach and was named BlockBuster 3D. This was the third Sherman that Leach had operated since 1944. Sold Out!
Length: 4.5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: December 2004
Historical Account: "Roosevelt's Butchers" - The 4th Armored Division of the United States Army was an armored division that compiled a distinguished career in the European theater of World War II. Unlike many other WW2 US Armored Divisions, the 4th never adopted an official divisional nickname or slogan, although during their famous campaign through France and Germany during World War II, the Germans referred to them as "Roosevelt's Butchers".