With the initiation of the Lend-lease program in March 1941, the British gained access to the excellent US M4 Medium tank. The first M4s received by the British arrived in North Africa in October 1942 just in time to take part in the battle for El Alamein. 270 were available for the battle, with almost all of them of the M4A1 cast hull variety. The British designated these the Sherman II.
Compared to many of the tanks previously used by British armoured squadrons, the Sherman II, was a major development. The 75mm gun proved equally successful in the anti-tank and anti-infantry role. It was mobile, reliable and well armoured, and somewhat of a shock to the German Panzer IIIs.
They were issued to the Heavy Armoured Squadrons of the Armoured Regiments and served along side the Grants.
In Flames of War
Like the Grants, the Shermans get the benefit of the Semi-indirect Fire rule.
Grant and Sherman heavy tanks that didn’t move may re-roll failed rolls to hit when shooting their 75mm guns at ranges over 16”/40cm.
The Sherman II is a great mid war tank; it has good armour (Front 6, Side 4, Top 1), good mobility and an excellent gun (Range 32”/80cm, AT 10, FP 3+ and can fire smoke).
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Cromwell IV/ Centaur CS
Cruiser tank Mk VIII (A27M)
The Cromwell tank was designed as a replacement to the Crusader and the Cavalier (of which only a few were made). The earlier vehicles used a Rolls-Royce Liberty engine, but the new Cromwell was to be fitted with the new higher performing Rolls-Royce Meteor engine.
In 1941 the Jeep entered production with Willys, Ford and Bantam, next the US Motor Transport Board set up a project designated ‘QMC-4 1/4 Ton Truck Light Amphibian’