These remarkable color photographs from June of 1942 show US troops training with various types of tanks at Fort Knox, Kentucky, including the legendary M4 Sherman, and its predecessor, the M3 Lee.
While the Lee was a somewhat antiquated design when it went into production in August of 1941, it acquitted itself in combat rather well, with its powerful 75mm main gun and heavy armor coming as a surprise to Rommel’s panzers at the Battle of Gazala.
The M4 Sherman made its first combat appearance at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942, successfully engaging the German Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks. The M4 would go on to become one of the most legendary tanks of all time, with just under 50,000 examples produced — and introducing the phrase “built like a Sherman tank” to the American lexicon. – AJW
Tank crew standing in front of an M-4 tank, Ft. Knox
Crewman of an M-3 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky
Light tank going through water obstacle
Light tanks, Fort Knox
M-3 and M4 tank company at bivouac, Ft. Knox, Kentucky