M4A4T at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, France
- Dont know if this is already known, but serial appears to be #8875 and
US registration #3019181. The tablet on the tank identifies it as an
M4A1 that had been used by US troops in 1944..... Not quite as bad as
the Centaur in Lion-sur-Mer identified as a Churchill Avre - guess they
forgot to change the plate when replacing the tank?
- Hi Claus,
Thanks for the report!
>Dont know if this is already known, but serial appears to be #8875 andA friend visited Normandy a few months ago & took some pix of that.
>US registration #3019181.
The corresponding Serial Number to USA 3019181 is 18875, so
that one obviously still has the original Reg. Number.
>The tablet on the tank identifies it as an M4A1 that had beenFrom his pix, it looks like the paint has worn away exposing
>used by US troops in 1944.....
what may be at least some original markings.
It appears to have a French ID Number - possibly 420126,
& a name beginning with "Ex..."
The US supplied the French in North Africa with 274 M4A4s,
& that was probably one of them.
I doubt if 18875 served in the Normandy area, since the French
2nd Armored Division came ashore equipped with M4A2s they
had brought up from North Africa.
Perhaps 18875 served with the US 7th Army in Southern France?
As their old equipment wore out, the French considered
re-equipping their M4A4s with available Continental Radials,
& wrote up a whole procedure for it. In the end, it would appear
that they received newer replacement tanks from their US parent
organization, & the M4A4 re-engine program was done post war.
Did you come across any other Shermans/variants?
- --- In G104@yahoogroups.com, "Joe DeMarco" <snick1@e...> wrote:
>Yes, after looking closer, there does appear to be a one before the
> Hi Claus,
> Thanks for the report!
> A friend visited Normandy a few months ago & took some pix of that.
> The corresponding Serial Number to USA 3019181 is 18875, so
> that one obviously still has the original Reg. Number.
> From his pix, it looks like the paint has worn away exposingTheres a star on the turret bustle as well.
> what may be at least some original markings.
> It appears to have a French ID Number - possibly 420126,
> & a name beginning with "Ex..."
> Did you come across any other Shermans/variants?Several, but they've been there since the 1990ies. The exceptions
were the one at the Omaha Beach museum, an M4A2 at the Leclerc
monument north of Utah Beach and a Sexton in Vers-sur-Mer. The M4A2
has been painted to represent a tank from the 2nd French Armoured
division and had no original markings or serial visible. Like the
Omaha tank, it has been donated from the Saumur museum. Similar story
with the Sexton, though as I recall, it came from England via a
Got a few pics of both if it is of interest.