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US M4A3(76)W Sherman Medium Tank with VVSS Suspension  - Sgt. Daniel "Buttons" Cardell, "Julia", 761st Tank Battalion "Black Panthers",  Task Force Rhine, Germany, 1945 [Bonus Ford GAA V-8 Engine]

Forces of Valor US M4A3(76)W Sherman Medium Tank with VVSS Suspension - Sgt. Daniel "Buttons" Cardell, "Julia", 761st Tank Battalion "Black Panthers", Task Force Rhine, Germany, 1945 [Bonus Ford GAA V-8 Engine]

 
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Forces of Valor FOV912132C US M4A3(76)W Sherman Medium Tank with VVSS Suspension - Sgt. Daniel "Buttons" Cardell, "Julia", 761st Tank Battalion "Black Panthers", Task Force Rhine, Germany, 1945 [Bonus Ford GAA V-8 Engine] (1:32 Scale) "Men, you're the first Negro tankers to ever fight in the American Army. I would never have asked for you if you weren't good. I have nothing but the best in my Army. I don't care what color you are as long as you go up there and kill those Kraut sonsofbitches. Everyone has their eyes on you and is expecting great things from you. Most of all your race is looking forward to your success. Don't let them down and damn you, don't let me down! They say it is patriotic to die for your country. Well, let's see how many patriots we can make out of those German sonsofbitches."
- General George S. Patton Jr. addressing the men of the 761st Tank Battalion prior to their incorporation into the Third Army, October 1944

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.

During the 1930s, many innovations in the components of light tanks would make US tanks considerably reliable. These included rubber-bushed tracks, rear mounted radial engines and the vertical volute spring suspension.

The vertical volute spring suspension system is a type of vehicle suspension system. This type of suspension system was mainly fitted onto US and Italian tanks and armored fighting vehicles starting in the 1930s and up until after the end of the Second World War in 1945.

A volute spring is a compression spring in the form of a cone (a volute). Under compression, the coils slide over each other, affording longer travel. The result is more stable and powerful than any leaf, coil, or torsion bar spring in the same volume. Mounted vertically in a road wheel bogie for a pair of road wheels in a tank made for a very compact unit.

The Rock Island Arsenal produced a small tank for the cavalry which used vertical volute spring suspension instead of leaf spring suspension. Standardized as the M1 Combat Car, it entered service with the US Army in 1937. The design was used in the M2 light tank and subsequent Stuart tank series. Design features of the Stuart were scaled up for use in the first M2 medium tanks which would evolve into the more successful M3 Lee and M4 Sherman, all using the vertical volute spring suspension system.

This particular 1:32 scale diecast replica of the famed US M4A3(76)W Sherman medium tank with VVSS suspension was commanded by Sgt. Daniel "Buttons" Cardell and nicknamed "Julia" ("Cool Studs #4"). It was attached to the 761st Tank Battalion "Black Panthers", then assigned to Task Force Rhine, which was deployed to Western Germany during March 1945. Comes with bonus Ford GAA V-8 engine. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 7-1/2-inches
Width: 3-1/2-inches

Release Date: January 2024

Historical Account: "Come out Fighting" - The 761st Tank Battalion was a separate tank battalion of the United States Army during World War II. The 761st was made up primarily of African-American soldiers, who by War Department policy were not permitted to serve alongside white troops; the U.S. military did not officially desegregate until after World War II. The 761st were known as the "Black Panthers" after their unit's distinctive insignia; their motto was "Come out fighting". The battalion received a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions. In addition, a large number of individual members also received medals, including one Medal of Honor, 11 Silver Stars and about 300 Purple Hearts.

The battalion first saw combat on November 7th, 1944, fighting through towns such as Moyenvic, Vic-sur-Seille, often at the leading edge of the advance. The fighting that 761st engaged in at Morville-les-Vic was particularly brutal. The unit endured 183 days of continuous operational employment.

The 761st Tank Battalion suffered 156 casualties in November 1944; 24 men killed, 81 wounded, and 44 non-battle losses. The unit also lost 14 tanks evacuated and another 20 damaged in combat. In December, the battalion was rushed to the aid of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne. As part of the effort to drive the Germans from the vicinity of Bastogne, the battalion fought to capture the municipality of Tillet, less than 15 km west of the town, in early January 1945. Supporting the elements of the 87th Infantry Division with just 11 tanks, the battalion took control of the city from the 113th Panzer Brigade through two days of combat, losing nine tanks in the process.

After the Battle of the Bulge, the unit opened the way for the U.S. 4th Armored Division into Germany during an action that breached the Siegfried Line. The 761st smashed through dozens of German cities and towns in their rapid advance through the Reich. In the final days of the war in Europe, the 761st was one of the first American units to reach Steyr, Austria, at the Enns River, where they met with the 1st Ukrainian Front of the Soviet Red Army. On May 4th, 1945, the 761st, along with the 71st Infantry Division, liberated the Gunskirchen concentration camp; the German guards had fled not long before.

The 761st was deactivated on June 1st, 1946, in Germany. They have been called "one of the most effective tank battalions in World War II." In all, the battalion earned about 300 Purple Hearts.

Features
  • Diecast metal and plastic construction
  • Comes with commander figure
  • Tank tracks roll along a realistic VVSS suspension featuring real volute springs
  • Rotating turret and elevating gun
  • The hatches open and the accessories can be removed
  • Detachable entrenching tools
  • Comes with bonus Ford GAA V-8 engine
  • Comes with decorative base

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5 of 5 Another outstanding Sherman Tank February 23, 2024
Reviewer: Donald S Vermilya from Sterling , AK United States  
FOV's new Shermans are fantastic!  Still hoping for the M4A3E8.

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