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M4-A3HVSS Sherman Tank
Sherman tank captured from the Iraqi army by the United States Army, 4th Infantry Division.
About this creation
This model is dedicated to the 4th infantry division, United States Army.



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   Best knowen for their capture of the "Ace of Spades", the brutal dictator Saddam Hussain, earlier in the war they made another capture...



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   ...Early in the war as they over ran an Iraqi armored vehicle school they captured a WWII M4-A3HVSS Sherman tank. By order of Col James Hickey commanding officer of the 1st BCT 4th ID the vintage tank was loaded onto a heavy equipment transport trailer and returned to their forward operating base where it was restored by mechanics from the 4th Forward Support Battalion.



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   To have a piece of American equipment that they percived as the best that we had gave the Iraqi army a feeling of dominance. It was appropriate that we took back what belonged to us.



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   The Hull and original engine were in excellant condition. It's weapons systems, a 105 mm cannon, and two .30-caliber machine guns were made complete when a U.S. Made .50-caliber M2 machine gun captured elsewhere was mounted a top the turret. Iraqi sand had taken it's toll on the tracks but the mechanics were able to weld steel plates on them to compensate for the damage.



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   When the 4th ID returns home to Ft Hood they will bring the tank with them. (It will arrive by rail!) where it will take it's place amoung the impressive armour collection displayed around FT Hood. This photo is of a similar M4 currently on display at FT Hood. A *.MPD file is availible on by Brickshelf page if you would like to build one yourself. Please note that since it was designed as a 6-wide scale flat car load the turret does not swivel. If this detail is important to you just add a 2x2 turntable.




Comments

  April 15, 2011
Where can i buy one of those sherman tanks?
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  July 13, 2009
cool, could you look at mine?
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  June 3, 2009
Nice sherman, its good to see that someone else know what a HVSS sherman is I thought i was the only one!. plz check out mine!
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  May 4, 2009
Very cool, your PC skills are impressive too, check out my 2 tanks when you have some time
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  February 20, 2009
A very nice MOC especialy the flatbed.
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  June 26, 2008
This is really the reasonmost people aren't giving you full 5's all the time is becuase the don't have the backbone to accept that america is in a war that we shouldn't be. Nice tank
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  March 26, 2006
It is a nice tank but i think there won't fit minifigs in it.
  March 17, 2004
Nice Saddam! No... I meant the minifig. lol
  March 16, 2004
Well you know that Sherman tanks were used in world war 2 and not in the war against iraq and it is too small for minifig scale and it needs a machine gun on top and it is to small and it is not that good but good try and if you want to see a much better tank go to my site: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/2874
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  March 16, 2004
Cute! But no WW2 Sherman had a 105mm gun (some did have 105mm howitzers) so it was probably captured from the Israelis by one of Iraq's arab neighbours and passed to them, perhaps in 1967. Nice design though, could do with being a bit bigger to make it minifig scale.
 
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