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UNIQUE ID 769: M4A2 SHERMAN TANK

Port Winston, Arromanches-les-Bains, France

(Location: Arromanches-les-Bains)


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Unique ID: 769
Added to Database: April 2009
Last Edited: April 2009
Type (ID): M4A2 Sherman (1320)
Model (ID): M4A2 (1320)
Location Category (ID): Port Winston (6030)
Location (ID): Arromanches-les-Bains (6030)
Serial Number: A number can just be made out etched into the rear towing lugs but it is not readable because of thick over-painting. “8887” is etched into the front glacis to the left of the machine-gun mount.
Registration: “427088” is painted on the nose.
Name: “BERRY AU BAC” is painted on the hull sides.
Other Identification: “AMX No 44” is stamped into a small plate welded on the glacis beside the left headlamp guard. The tank has additional markings since it was originally displayed, including the turret number “55”.
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Location History:
(see map)

1: General Motors - Fisher Body Division, Grand Blanc, Genesee County, Michigan, USA (Primary manufacturer)
2: Port Winston, Arromanches-les-Bains, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France (Current location)


The Sherman is located on top of a casemate, H612, which belonged to a German bunker, Wn 43. In June 1944 a 10.5cm gun, a GebH 332(f), was fitted in the casemate. There is now a steel door fitted in place of the gun slit (source: Battlefield Tour, strijdbewijs.nl).
The markings on the glacis are typical of Shermans that were rebuilt post-War by the French (in this case the AMX company) and it was often the case for such vehicles that the serial number was repeated on the glacis, so it seems likely its original serial number was 8887, and that it was the 44th Sherman rebuilt by AMX.
On the left hull side there is a plaque fitted, presumably indicating the names of the original crew members. Since this vehicle appears to have seen service post-war, this crew must be from the tank being commemorated, not from this actual tank. The plaque reads as follows:

Chef de char [tank commander] :
Pilote
[driver] :
Aide pilote
[co-driver] :
Tireur
[gunner] :
Chargeur
[loader] :
Adjutant [lieutenant] JOB Jean
Brigadier
[corporal] PHILIPPE Albert
Cuirassier
[private] GIMENES François
Cuirassier ESTRADE Gaston
Cuirassier PEZZIARDI Pascal

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August 2007

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1540
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV15_...
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Left view
2: Left view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1541
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV12_...
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Front view
3: Front view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1542
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV13_...
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Rear left view
4: Rear left view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1543
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV16_...
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Right view
5: Right view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1544
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV14_...
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Plaque on side
6: Plaque on side

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1545
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV19_...
Views: 105
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Towing lug with indistinct serial number
7: Towing lug with indistinct serial number

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1546
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV18_...
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Glacis plate with serial number highlighted
8: Glacis plate with serial number highlighted

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1547
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV17_...
Views: 87
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Serial number on glacis plate
9: Serial number on glacis plate

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1548
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV20_...
Views: 89
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AMX rebuild plate on glacis
10: AMX rebuild plate on glacis

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1549
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: 47CNV21_...
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August 1982

Rear right view
11: Rear right view

Taken: 1 August 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1550
Added: 11 July 2009
Filename: Scan_She...
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