a while ago, new American tier 5 medium tank was leaked from supertest – the M4 Improved. I wrote about it here. There is this little thing about it I noticed… well, let’s have a look. This is the M4 Imp model in the game:
Notice the mantlet and the turret. Now, the description of this vehicle from the supertest client:
It says: “A project of the M4 tank with sloped hull and turret armor was developed by the Detroit Arsenal company in August 1942. The implementation of this project would bring significant improvement to the Sherman tank protection without increasing its weight and worsening vehicle characteristics. This tank existed only in drawings”.
Hmm… but wait, that’s odd. If you remember, I wrote a short article about the history of the project. In it, I took the data from possibly the best resource for the Sherman tank, Hunnicutt’s “History of the American medium tank” book (page 195 onwards) and Hunnicutt states that the Sherman Improved design was submitted on 13.3.1942 by Aberdeen, not Detroit. The Aberdeen proposal looked like this:
As you can see, this drawing is obviously the vehicle modelled in the game. So where did that Detroit come from?
Well, after the Aberdeen study, Detroit Arsenal followed up on it and created another “improved Sherman” later on, in August 1942. The Detroit proposal looked like this:
As you can see, it looks quite different from the original M4 Improved by Aberdeen. Basically, Wargaming did put wrong description to the vehicle, the one modelled in the game is the Aberdeen proposal, not the Detroit one. It’s not a big thing, just an interesting one – well, to me anyway.