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An Everyday Driver
The Sherman Tank is a moderately difficult Metal Earth model with 41 pieces on two sheets of metal. The Civil War would have ended a lot sooner if Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had had even one of these namesake tanks.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
The US produced about 50,000 Sherman tanks during WW2, second only to the Russian T-34. The M4, as the Sherman was designated, evolved from the M3 Grant (Americans name our tanks after generals). The Sherman's superior armor and armament easily outclassed German tanks of 1939-42, which already struggled to overcome the old Grants. Since the Sherman was reliable, comparatively cheap, and easy to manufacture and maintain, the US fielded a lot of them. Tank recovery and repair units put many disabled vehicles back in service, giving the Americans numerical superiority in most battles.
They needed superior numbers because, confident that the M4 would win the war, the Americans didn't feel any pressure to develop a successor. By 1944 that was starting to look unwise, as German heavy tanks surpassed the Sherman. Of course, it worked out well in the end.
The US kept an upgraded Sherman in service after WW2. It fought alongside the Pershing and Patton tanks in Korea, where its fabled reliability and maneuverability gave it an edge over its more powerful successors. Although the US Army turned to Pattons in the 1950s, it continued to supply Shermans to allies who kept them in service well into the 1960s.