Franklin Mint B11E406 US M4A3E8 Sherman Medium Tank - 64th Tank Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Korea, March 1951 (1:24 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.
In honor of its achievement, The Franklin Mint has come out with an amazingly accurate 1:24 scale diecast replica of the famed US M4A3E8 Sherman. This stunning recreation features a rotating turret, elevating gun, and treads that are made of flexible metal links! The turret can be removed which reveals a highly detailed crew compartment. This particular Sherman tank was used during the Korean War and features a tiger-like image draped over the front of the vehicle. Sold Out!
Length: 9.5 inches
Width: 4.5 inches
Historical Account: "A War with Many Names" - The Korean War, occurring between June 25th, 1950 and a ceasefire on July 27th, 1953, was a civil war between the states of North Korea and South Korea that were created out of the post-World War II Soviet and American occupation zones in Korea, with large-scale participation by other countries.
The principal support on the side of the North Korean communists was the People's Republic of China, with limited assistance by Soviet combat advisors, military pilots, and weapons. South Korea was supported by United Nations (UN) forces, principally from the United States, although many other nations also contributed personnel. When conflicts began, North and South Korea existed as provisional governments competing for control over the Korean peninsula after the Division of Korea.
In South Korea, the war is often called 6·25, from the date of the start of the conflict or, more formally, Han-guk Jeonjaeng ("Korean War"). In North Korea, it is formally called the Fatherland Liberation War. In the United States, the conflict was officially termed a police action — the Korean Conflict — rather than a war, largely in order to avoid the necessity of a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress. The war is sometimes referred to outside Korea as "The Forgotten War", because it is a major conflict of the 20th century that is rarely mentioned in public discourse. In China, the conflict was known as War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea, but is today commonly called the "Korean War". (courtesy Wikipedia)