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M4A5 Super Sherman by PaintFan08 M4A5 Super Sherman by PaintFan08
Excerpt from Tanks of World War II

M4A5 Super Sherman

Country: United States
Crew: 4
Armament: 1x M105 105mm
1x .30 caliber 1919A4 Coaxial MG
1x .50 caliber M2 HMG

Prior to the arrival of Admiral Kolhammer’s task force in June 1942, the M4 Sherman was meant to serve as the mainstay of the U.S. tank force. If things had proceeded as normal, the Sherman would have become the tank of the Western Allies. The original Sherman was armed with a lower velocity 75mm gun more useful in an infantry support role rather than going head to head with enemy tanks. Another weakness of the M4 was its thin armor. Even before discussions began between the U.S. Army and experts from the 21st Century it was know the Sherman could not stand up to the powerful and fast 75mm and 88mm shells used by the Germans. Finally the Sherman had a gasoline engine that would often burn when hit.

The problems with the original M4 models almost led to the tank being scrapped. Not only did uptimers recommend this, many members of the contemporary U.S. tank corps agreed. However by 1942 nearly 30,000 Shermans had been produced. Rather than wasting all that material, it was decided the Sherman would receive ‘Mods’.

Many of the M4s had their originally suspension system removed, to be replaced with the Easy Eight system that would have appeared later in the war. Upgrades to the Sherman’s armor were also made. Appliqué armor was added to the sides, forward slope, and turret. The front armor received a sharper slope to better deal with anti-tank shells. Advanced lightweight 21st Century composites were also added to protect the crew and engine compartments. Some M4s also received a layer of Kevlar to catch shrapnel fragments if a shell did penetrate. Nearly every Sherman in Europe had Slat Armor. The simple metal rods arranged like a cage proved effective against HEAT warheads found in the German Panzerfaust, Panzersherks, and wire guided missiles. A diesel engine eliminated the fire threat posed by the original Sherman.

Armament was one of the first things upgraded. Debate raged between uptimers and contemporary personnel over whether to arm the Sherman with the longer barreled high velocity 76mm or a powerful 105mm gun based on an uptime French design. Intelligence on new German Panzers being produced (the monstrous Tiger IIs and Leopards) ended the debate. The Sherman’s turret was redesigned to accommodate the American copy of the French 105mm (To uptimers the French gun was designated CN 105 F1). With the addition of more armor to the front of the M4 , the bow mounted machinegun was eliminated. A .30 caliber machinegun was coaxially mounted with the main gun. AT (advance technology) stabilization and sights were added to many Shermans prior to the invasion of Europe.

Although no longer the principle Allied tank, the Super Sherman could be found fighting along side with the Pershing and Centurion tanks (two of the Allies heavier tanks). The first Super Shermans got their combat test in the Pas de Calais Specially modified M4A5s were part of the D-Day landing forces. Their 105mm guns pounded German bunkers and defenses and helped the infantry fight their way inland. In their first tests against German Panzers, the M4s still had some disadvantages. The Tiger and King Tiger tanks could engage the Sherman at long range. Their APDS rounds could also defeat the modified M4’s armor. However the Tigers lost their complete invincibility to the Sherman’s 105mm gun. Plus even with the changes made the Sherman could still out maneuver the heavier and slower German tanks.

The Super Sherman was also a match for the Soviet T-34s and even their T-55s. Used by Americans in the Japanese Civil War and other allied nations during the Cold War, the Sherman continued to serve till the 1960s. A few working Shermans can be found in military museums and private collections around the world.

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This Sherman is based on the M4 as it appears in John Birmingham's novel Final Impact. An alternate history novel where an American and Allied naval Task Force is sent from 2021 to 1942. A series of novels Final Impact conculdes the trilogy and features D-Day and the battle for Europe. The above part is supposed to be from a book written after the alternate Second World War.
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Ammoracker101 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
the jumbo was already a breakthrough tank so why make another when u have the perfect combination of an easy 8 and thick armor! By the way the armor is so thick because its 38mm of added rolled steel armor!
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Kevin2097 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hi.
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Kevin2097 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I like this tank.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2014  Student Writer
Wasn't the slope pretty steep already? Most tankers I have learn from say the Firefly was better then the T-34/85, in fact everything good about that tank was done better in the Firefly. 
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Titanattack Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bet this thing is a monster.
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ThatBronyGamer42 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting story to go with this.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Its from the Axis of Time trilogy, the third book Final Impact!
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
That is some great art from that books series.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Thanks!
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Killerfive Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Did the shermans become heavy tanks?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
A little heavier but not in the same class as the Tigers from WWII. Basically they became Israeli Super Shermans, which mounted bigger guns and other improvements but still were weaker armor (thinner) compared to the Tiger I and II. In the book Germany moves over to making mostly Tiger tanks and a much earlier Leopard MBT.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Writer
The Tigers would be to expensive and you would become sitting ducks, you would be better off in RL with a "Super-Panther".
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Agreed. In the novel there is actually a German character who when learning about information from the future, works against Nazi Germany. He actually pushes through a number of projects that are hurtful to the German war effort. So I just assumed he would push for the Tigers since they are counter productive.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Writer
Oh...hell yeah.
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CerebralError Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist
I'd love to see a front and top drawing in addition to this. If I ever get around to it, I'd like to try modeling this in 3D.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
If you do will love to see it, thanks for the feedback!
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DMP75 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Very nice it seems that the designers without uptime help could have
seen the issue with the gasoline engine.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Thanks, I believe historically the Sherman actually did lose the gas eventually but I'm not sure off the top of my head.
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bridgewaterpilot Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Yes, some late war Shermans recieved Caterpillar diesel engines, as well as the post war Israeli Super Shermans. However, it is a common myth that the gas engine was the reason Shermans caught fire so often. The main ammunition stowage was high up in the tank, an easy target for German 88's. Late war Shermans had ammunition stored in the bottom of the tank surrounded by a water jacket.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Writer
Don't T-80s catch fire a lot? Seems that's how gas engines work?

I mean almost all T tanks will lose the turret due to the ammo, but that's not why the back sometimes explodes on T-80s.
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Ostentatiousnessness Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
explosive armour or no explosive armour? that is the life or death question
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
It's not mentioned in the book. I'd assume some models are equipped with it though.
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Ostentatiousnessness Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its nasty when they dont have it and they get hit by an RPG
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
That's what the slat armor is for to an extent. In 1944-45 the Soviets did something similar to their T-34s for use against Panzerfausts (the first RPGs basically). I agree ERA is a better solution its just not mentioned in the book so I didn't add it.
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Writer
Slat is really primitive and very effective cost-wise. 
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Ostentatiousnessness Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ok
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ImaginaryNumbers Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
The Axis of Time trilogy is my favorite novel series :D
Nice job!
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Same here, I do hope you've picked up Without Warning!

Although I did love WW, I still can't wait for a continuation of AoT, Cold War 2.0!

Thanks for the fave
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ImaginaryNumbers Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I haven't yet, but i'll be sure to look into it.

And Birmingham needs to continue the story! He can't just end there! There's so much that he can still do with it!

And you're welcome
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
Be sure too. I'm not sure if you know this but he runs a blog.

[link]

Birmo regularly posts random stuff and often questions for his next book. Don't have to register or anything to respond.
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ImaginaryNumbers Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Cool. Thanks :)
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