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UNIQUE ID 774: M4A2 SHERMAN TANK

Le Vieux-Montmerrei, Saint-Christophe-le-Jajolet, France

(Location: Montmerrei)


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Unique ID: 774
Added to Database: April 2009
Last Edited: April 2009
Type (ID): M4A2 Sherman (1320)
Model (ID): M4A2 (1320)
Location Category (ID): Le Vieux-Montmerrei (6085)
Location (ID): Montmerrei (6085)
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name: “KEREN” painted on the hull sides (though smaller and further forward than previously).
Other Identification: “15” painted on the turret sides (not seen previously).
Collection Reference:
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Location History:
(see map)

1: General Motors - Fisher Body Division, Grand Blanc, Genesee County, Michigan, USA (Primary manufacturer)
2: Le Vieux-Montmerrei, Saint-Christophe-le-Jajolet, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France (Current location)


This M4A2 is perhaps the most poignant memorial in Normandie. It is located near Le Vieux-Montmerrei, close to Montmerrei and Saint Christophe-le-Jajolet, just south of Argentan. It was disabled in its current location on 12 August 1944. It remains beside the road as a memorial to its dead crew, members of the Free French forces. Compared to when it was visited for the first edition it has been moved slightly and is now mounted on a low concrete plinth further in from the roadside.
The tank shows significant damage, including a hole through the rear of the turret, buckling of the hull armour, and missing rubber from the tracks; the implication is that following a penetration by an armour-piercing round the ammunition has detonated and the tank has caught fire.

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August 2007

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1728
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV04_...
Views: 81
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Rear left view
2: Rear left view

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1726
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV01_...
Views: 68
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Left view
3: Left view

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1727
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV03_...
Views: 76
Select/Has Priority: 17/0
    



Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1729
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV06_...
Views: 64
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Casting number
5: Casting number

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1730
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV07_...
Views: 57
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Plaque
6: Plaque

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1731
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV09_...
Views: 63
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Turret close-up
7: Turret close-up

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1732
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV11_...
Views: 69
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Hull damage
8: Hull damage

Taken: 21 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1733
Added: 10 August 2009
Filename: 49CNV12_...
Views: 67
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August 1982

Front left view
9: Front left view

Taken: 1 August 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1745
Added: 11 August 2009
Filename: Scan_She...
Views: 77
Select/Has Priority: 17/0