Episode 204 - Sherman IV
On this edition of The Panzer Podcast we delve into the T4 & T4E1 Project, the final Christie born prototype of the convertible medium tanks-- culminating in the Convertible Medium Tank M1, Limited Standard. We enjoy a bit of M2 .50 HMG banter, and history, and take a quick glance at European politics circa 1936. Spoiler alert: It's not great.
This is the final edition of prototype vehicles that do not have direct lineage to the M4 Sherman. So, for anyone wondering, we're closing the gap, both in time and prototypes before we finally get to the M4 Sherman proper.
So sit tight, relax and let the smooth sounds of tank information wash over you as we get closer to our final destination of the M4 Sherman Medium Tank.
Enjoy! John Burgess
Additional Sources include: The Field Artillery Journal of May/June 1931, “Through Mobility We Conquer: The Mechanization of U.S. Cavalry” by George Hofmann, "Firepower: A history of the American Heavy Tank" by RP Hunnicutt, "Le Char Lourd FCM 1A, Histoire de Guerre Blindes & Materiel" by Guy Francois, "The Journal of the Army Ordnance Association, Vol.4" by the US Army Ordnance Department, "Pioneers of Amphibious Warfare 1898-1945" by Leo Daugherty, and "Sherman: A History of the American Medium Tank" by RP Hunnicutt, "Panther" by Thomas Anderson, "Sherman Tank Vol. 1" by David Doyle, and "Sherman Tank Vol. 2" by David Doyle, "Storm of Steel" by Ernst Junger, "Poilu" by Louis Barthas, and "Now It Can Be Told" by Philip Gibbs, “The Machine Gun: History, Evolution and Development of Manually Operated, Full Automatic, and Power Driven Aircraft Machine Guns, vol. 1, Department of the Navy, Bureau of Ordnance” by George Chinn, “US Army’s FM 23-65 Manual Browning Machine Gun .50HB, M2”