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Steel Generals: Medium Tank M4A1 Sherman

26/11/2014

M4A1 was a major US Medium Tank M4 with a molded, cast turret and a Continental R-975, 350 hp radial engine. Production started in February of 1942 and ended in January 1944. US factories released a total number of 6281 M4A1 tanks. Initially, the front hull had peepholes, but designers later decided to remove them. Covered gear compartment models of the early versions were made from three parts, later these were replaced with a cast single part. The main, 75mm gun M34 was replaced by M34A1 gun in 1943. From February 1942 to autumn 1942 the US arms industry produced around 900 M4A1 (early release) vehicles, that took part in the battles in Africa and Italy in 1942-1943.

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Steel Generals: M24 Chaffee

24/11/2014

The Light Tank M24 was an American light tank used during the later part of World War II and in postwar conflicts including the Korean War and, with the French, in the War in Algeria and the First Indochina War. In British service it was given the service name Chaffee, after the United States Army General Adna R. Chaffee, Jr., who helped develop the use of tanks in the United States armed forces. It had Weight 18.4 tonnes (40,500 lb), it’s main armament was a 75 mm M6 L/40 gun with 48 rounds and a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) off-road.

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Steel Generals: M103 Heavy Tank

02/11/2014

Early prototypes of M103 heavy tank were created in 1951-1954 to counteract the heavy tanks developed by the USSR.  M103 was put on service in 1956 being the largest and the most heavily armed combat tank ever made by USA.

 

A total of 300 pieces of A1 and A2 modifications were built. These huge combat vehicles stayed in USMC service until 1973.

 

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Steel Generals: M41 Walker Bulldog

01/11/2014

The M41 Walker Bulldog was a U.S. light tank developed to replace the M24 Chaffee. It was named after General Walton Walker who died in a jeep accident in Korea. It’s weight was 23.5 t, it had a main armament of a single 76 mm M32 gun, the vehicle had a top speed of 72 km/h (45 mph).

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Steel Generals: M4A1(76) Sherman tank

31/10/2014

M4 Sherman is main medium tank designed and built by the United States for the conduct of World War II. The M4 was employed in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and western Europe and throughout the Pacific theatre. A total of 49,234 Sherman tanks were produced between 1942 and 1945. Modification М4А1 (76) armed with 76mm M1 cannon was created to fight the most up-to-date German tanks PzKpfw V «Panther» and PzKpfw VI «Tiger», This modification was produced towards the very end of the WWII with 3396 tanks built in total.

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