The M4 Tank in World War II

Michel Esteve

Fully illustrated, exceptionally detailed account of the development and deployment of the M4 Sherman in World War II.
Date Published :
July 2020
Publisher :
Contributor(s) :
Alan McKay
Series :
Casemate Illustrated Special
Illustration :
360 photographs, 110 diagrams
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612007397
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 10 X 8 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Fully illustrated, exceptionally detailed account of the development and deployment of the M4 Sherman in World War II.

The Medium Tank, M4, better known to the British as the Sherman, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and western Allies in World War II. Reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and easy to maintain, thousands were distributed to the British Commonwealth and the Soviet Union by the Lend-Lease program. It first saw combat in North Africa, where it outclassed lighter German and Italian tanks. By 1944 the M4 was outgunned by the German heavy tanks, but it still contributed to the fight when deployed in numbers and supported by artillery and fighter-bombers.

A detailed insight into the development and deployment of the M4, this book covers the design and construction of the chassis, turret, engine, armaments and munitions and differences between the variants of the M4. It covers the difficulties facing the crews who fought in this legendary tank, exploring the training they received and the different combat methods perfected by the Allies, including landing from a landing craft, maneuvering in the bocage of Normandy, and fighting in the snow.

Fully illustrated with hundreds of contemporary and modern photographs and detailed diagrams, this complete account provides all the technical details of the construction of the M4, its maintenance and repair, and the logistics required to support it in combat.

Whether you are a collector, modeler or simply passionate about military history, this book will provide you with an unparalleled insight into the M4.


A Tank Called Sherman
Production of the M4
The Chassis
The Turret
Armament and Munitions
Variants of the M4
The Sherman Family
Logistics and Distribution
Numbers and Markings
Composition of units
Shermans under Other Flags


"The presentation is first rate and the translation has been done with care."

- War History Online

"This is a superbly organized, well-written, detailed history of the Sherman tank. Maneuver leaders will benefit from reading about the Sherman as an example of creating a system adaptable to worldwide battlefield conditions, the importance of common component design and the value of user feedback."

- ARMOR Magazine

"...the text is fascinating and the photos are top notch. Highly Recommended for anyone interested in this vital American-made tank from WWII."


"...of great interest to modelers contemplating building a Sherman variant and also of interest to military historians alike."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"The lavishly illustrated effort sports hundreds of color and B&W images – period photos, preservation shots, interior details, variant schematics, archival excerpts, armament and ammunition drawings, and more...Make it your introduction to this legendary tank family."

- Cybermodeler

"[Sherman] is an excellent reference packed with information and highly descriptive illustrations and should be in every Sherman modeler's library."


"If you are looking for a good technical analysis of the Sherman tank, and I can imagine modelers seeking an extra edge to their work may want such a tome, this book has a wealth of visual and textual information."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"...a wealth of visual information for historians, modelers, and researchers."


"This new Casemate Illustrated Special is just that, special. So this new hardback…is set to be very successful and I would suggest this will not just sell well, but should be on the bookshelf of any Sherman historian/fan/modeller. I class this as really good value for money, so highly recommended."

- Military Model Scene

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