Image: Sherman Crab (IWM)
Vehicle TypeFlail Tank
Origin & DesignerUSA/UK
Numbers Produced300
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Co-Driver & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 75mm L/40 M3 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +20°
Turret Traverse360°
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament1 x .30 Cal M1919 (Coaxial)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried97 x 75mm & 4.750 x .30 Cal Rounds
Width3.06m (Including Flail)
Length8.04m (Including Flail)
Combat Weight34.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.43m
Fording Depth[@fording_depth]
Trench Crossing[@trench_crossing]
Obstacle Clearance0.61m
Climbing Ability31°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 51mm.
Hull Sides: 38mm.
Hull Rear: 38mm.
Hull Top: 25mm.
Hull Bottom: 13mm.
Gun Mantle: 89mm.
Turret Front: 76mm.
Turret Sides: 51mm.
Turret Rear: 64mm.
Turret Top: 25mm.
EngineChrysler Multibank A57
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range161 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed32 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed2..4 kph (flail speed 2.4 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesBased on the Sherman V Medium Tank the Crab was used to beat a lane through enemy mine fields by detonation mines with the frail device attached to the vehicle. The Sherman Crab was tested in late 1943 and chosen to be the best out of all the various models available. The Sherman Crab served in Italy and Northern Europe until 1945.