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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st Edition(PB) edition (25 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841765422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841765426
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armoured vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the Second World War, and he has also written extensively on American armoured forces. Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated with honours from the Paiers School of Art, Connecticut, in 1978 and has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, completing assignments in a wide variety of fields. Jim has a keen interest in military subjects, both aviation and armour, and is a Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the New York Society of illustrators and the American Fighter Aces Association.

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By Jason on 6 Dec. 2014
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Very informative
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a smith on 6 July 2014
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a good book tells you quite a lot in a few pages and does ,nt take up to much shelf space
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skinbo on 3 Aug. 2015
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Another Zaloga Hit, Qualified 2 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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Well detailed developmental history and World War Two deployment as expected of Zaloga's caliber of work. A tad disappointed that of 37 pages with data, including four with color plates commentary, only two pages and two color plate comments covered the Korean War; a little over two pages and two color plate comments cover post-war exports. The 76mm served barely over one year in World War Two, but fought all three years of the Korean War; that deserves more detailed coverage. I also would have appreciated more details on the disposition of post-WWII U.S.Army occupation forces, such as when which units traded in their older Shermans for newer tanks. Also given short shrift were flamethrower mountings, and while Zaloga goes into some detail on the 17-pounder gun, there's almost no mention of 105mm howitzer tanks the 76mm habitually served with. Overall a very informative work on the development and early deployment of the 76mm gun Sherman.
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Excellent treatment on the 76 mm Sherman 14 Jun. 2007
By moviemusicbuff - Published on
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Steven Zaloga does a great job of describing the development, combat performance, and the foreign / post WWII service of the 76mm Sherman.

What I found most interesting was his description of the tankers' reaction to the upgraded Sherman. Most tank commanders actually preferred the 75 mm Sherman because of its better HE performance, and lower muzzle blast. They only favored the 76mm Sherman when they had to face German Panther and Tiger tanks in abundance.

Zaloga also describes the controversy surrounding the inadequacy of the firepower of the Sherman tank -- how Army Ordnance completely misdiagnosed the performance of the 76mm ammo and resisted efforts to uparm the Sherman with a 90mm weapon. Zaloga gives helpful charts on the armor penetration of the 76mm gun, compared to the 17 pounder and the 90mm gun.

The third thing I was fascinated about was Zaloga's description of the combat performance of the Sherman in the Korean War. Initially the tankers favored the M26 Pershing but later on in 1951 they favored the M4A3E8 Sherman (armed with HVAP) more than the M26 due to its reliability, ease of handling, and its maneuverability.

Zaloga was able to give a very comprehensive overview of the 76mm Sherman tank in just 48 pages. I think that Zaloga should write another volume on the Sherman Tank in Israeli service in the Arab/Israeli Wars. The Israeli army used the upgunned Sherman tank prominently in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and the War of Attrition. He could have included a small section about this in the book, but evidently he is constricted by the 48 page limit.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The coloured plates by Jim Laurier are excellent as always. This book should be in the library of any WW2 tank buff.
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Desperate search for a better gun. 22 April 2014
By Stone Dog - Published on
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This Osprey New Vanguard title, M4 (76mm) Sherman Medium Tank 1943-65, details the search for a tank gun on the M4 "Sherman" tank that could meet the challenge of the German tank guns in 1944-45. The book also shows how the tank was still in use long after WWII.

The situation is simple: US Army commanders in charge of armored vehicle development arrogantly proclaimed that the M4 was the best tank in the world despite the admonitions from their ally, the British, that German tank guns/armor were always being upgraded based on the desperate fighting on the Eastern Front. US forces landed in Normandy and found out that the Sherman was vulnerable at any realistic combat range while it could not do the same in return.

This book is about the M4(76mm) tanks that would, it was hoped, be able to better deal with effective German weapons. The book does a good job of chronicling the development of the 76mm gun and the upgraded M4 Shermans that carried them as well as the other options such as adopting the British 17 pounder (a very effective anti-tank gun) as well as talk of putting a 90mm gun into the M4. There are comparisons of the 76mm gun in terms of armor penetration against the British 17 pounder and German L70 75mm gun on the Panther. Even though it was better than the standard 75mm gun, it was woefully inferior to the other weapons on the battlefield.

This book does a good job of detailing the development of the 76mm gun, the need for better tank guns once the better German tanks were encountered, the production of the upgraded Sherman and the distribution of them in the American army's armored divisions. The author does talk about the lend-lease shipments of thousands of these tanks to allies such as the Soviet Union, post-war use of these tanks in Korea and in the hands of allies as well as other countries such as Israel who acquired them from allies. The Israelis would continue to use the Sherman in upgraded form for decades, only retiring them completely in the 1990s.

There's a lot of good here, although I would have liked to have seen some comparison as to how well these tanks performed versus the standard Sherman, the British Sherman "Firefly", etc. In conclusion, it's a solid 4 star book on the subject.
Top notch work 4 Feb. 2015
By History Nut - Published on
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Another fine work by Steven Zaloga. If you want to know about WWII armored vehicles, read books by Zaloga. He covers each subject in excellent detail and often includes new information not previously available. The photographs and illustrations are excellent. I have Zaloga's name in my Amazon search list and look forward to buying as many of his publications as are available and that I can afford,
Five Stars 28 Jun. 2015
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Lots of details.
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