M4(105) Sherman 105mm tank

The M4(105) Sherman Tank was armed with a 105mm Howitzer Assault Gun. They were deployed to give support to infantry and tanks units when attacking concrete pill boxes, fortified farm houses, soft skinned lightly armoured vehicles, infantry and artillery encampments. This surviving rare Battle of the Bulge American M4(105) Sherman Tank 105mm Assault Gun can be found in the Bastogne Historical Center war museum in Belgium.

WW2 M4(105) Sherman Tank 105mm howitzer

This M4(105) Sherman 105mm tank was donated to the City of Bastogne by General Desobry 10th US Armoured Division. He was born in 1918 and was seriously injured at Noville on 19th December 1944 during the Ardennes Offensive, the Battle of the Bulge. His military ambulance was captured by the Germans and treated in one of their hospitals. He ended the war in Germany as a POW. After the war he returned to the US Army and took part in the allied occupation of Austria. During the Vietnam War he served in the Mekong Delta.

Location

The Bastogne War Museum can be found at 5 Colline du Mardasson just north east outside Bastogne city centre. It is open at 9.30 am and close at 6pm (last entry 4pm) all week except Monday when the Museum is closed. It is also closed during January. In July and August it is open for an extra hour until 7pm (last entry 5pm). It is next to the star shaped American Liberators Memorial also known as the Mardasson Memorial. It honours the memory of American soldiers wounded or killed during World War II's Battle of the Bulge.

WW2 M4(105) Sherman Tank 105mm howitzer

Specifications

The tank was armed with a 105 mm M4 howitzer that was designed to fire powerful high explosive HE artillery rounds. It was deployed in a six tank assault gun platoon and used to provide close fire support and smoke to assist the attacking lead tanks. It was not designed to take on enemy tanks. It was an artillery gun fitted inside a tank turret.

The M4 Sherman was powered by a Continental R975 C1 9 cylinder radial petrol engine that produced 400 hp. It had a maximum road speed of 30 mph (48 km/h). The tank had an operational range of around 120 miles (193 km) before it needed refueling. It needed a five man crew: commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver/machine gunner. They were protected by armour that ranged in thickness from 25 mm to 76 mm.

WW2 M4(105) Sherman Tank 105mm howitzer

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