...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.
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.
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.
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
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.