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M4 Medium Tank Characteristics

Summary of M4 SHerman tank characteristics from the training booklet Tracked Vehicle Chassis Units, The Armored School, Fort Knox.

MEDIUM TANK, M4 SERIES

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2. DESCRIPTION. a. Characteristics

Armament:
    76-mm Gun, M1A1
    2 cal .30 machine guns
    1 cal .50 machine guns

Ammunition:
    71 rds 76-mm
    6250 rds cal .30
    660 rds cal .50

Fire Control Equipment:
    Telescope, M71D
    Periscope, M10 or M4A1
    Elevation Quadrant, M9
    Gunner’s Quadrant, M1

Vision Devices:
    Vision cupola
    Periscopes, M6 (4 each)

Crew:
    5 men

 Engine:
    Ford, 500 HP @ 2800 rpms
    Model GAN, V-8

Clutch:
    Double plate

Transmission:
    Synchromesh, 5 speeds forward and 1 reverse

Steering:
    Controlled differential

Tracks:
    23″ steel chevron, rubber backed, double pin, T80
    23″ rubber chevron, double pin, T84

 Dimensions:
    Length, 247″
    Height, 124 7/8″
    Width, 118″

Weight:
    Combat loaded, 71,175 lbs

Fuel Capacity:
    168 gallons

Cruising Range:
    100 miles

Maximum Speed:
    25 mph

Ground Clearance:
    18″

Fording Depth:
    36″

 

U.S. Army Drivers Figures from MiniArt

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Soviet Aerosan from Dragon

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Waffen SS Officer Resin Bust

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U.S. Military Policeman and Motorcycle

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12-Inch Mortar M1912

Description and characteristics of the 12-inch Mortar M1912 from TM 9-458: 12-inch Mortar M1912 Mounted on 12-inch Mortar Carriage M1896MIII, U.S. War Department Technical Manual, Washington, D.C., August 1942.

12-inch Mortar M1912 Mounted on 12-inch Mortar Carriage M1896MIII

Characteristics.

These 12-inch mortars are comparatively short-barreled weapons able to fire in all directions (360° traverse) but only at high angles of elevation. The maximum elevation attainable is approximately 65°. The minimum elevation (just clearing the emplacement walls) is 45°. The weapon must be depressed to 0° between rounds for loading. These mortars are no longer manufactured.

FIGURE 1.--12-inch mortar M1912 on mortar carriage M1896MIII.

FIGURE 1.–12-inch mortar M1912 on mortar carriage M1896MIII.

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