U.S. M4A3 Sherman 105mm Howitzer (Assault Gun)
HQ Company, 756th Tank Bttn., February 1944, Germany
Initially known as the T6 medium tank, M4 Sherman was the workhorse for the US Army during WWII. M4 was named after Union General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891).The tank went into production in Oct.1941 and went into service in late 1942. A total of 49,234 of Sherman gun tanks were produced and only the Russian T-34 had produced in greater numbers.
The 69th Armored Regiment was constituted July 1940 and September 1943 became the 69th Tank Battalion. They entered the war July 27, 1944 with the 6th Armored Division at Normandy. They joined Patton's 3rd Army and fought across northern France taking part in the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. They all continued their push eastward and the 69th Tank Battalion war ended near Leipzig. On July 11, 1945 they were relieved from assignment and became an amphibious tractor battalion. March 8,1946 they were inactivated.