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Reading about this tank recently, and i am gutted that it did not make it into the vehicles module.  It was only in Normandy in small numbers ~120 but they would have seen a lot of combat as they were so popular for assaults and tank killer duties. 

 

Any chance of a vehicle module upgrade to add this in?????

 

 

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Perhaps these were only "field modifed Shermans" as wikipedia states:

 

"In June–July 1944, the Army accepted a limited run of 254 M4A3E2 Jumbo Shermans, which had very thick armor for the front plate, sloped somewhat more steeply to eliminate the forward hull entryway bulges on the upper portion of the original glacis plate, and the 75 mm gun in a new, heavier T23-style turret, in order to assault fortifications."

 

So they would not have been in theatre until later, but as the vehicle pack includes German modified French vehicles then I guess US field modified shermans are still in scope.

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I recall Sherman Jumbo was in CMBN! - in an early Beta. But the reality of introduction dates clobbered us over the head and it got pulled. Some vehicles like Nashorn and M18 TD had to wait til September to be introduced, Jumbo and M4A3E8 Sherman had to wait beyond that. Field uparmored Sherman is later still. A few isolated cases in late 44 (mostly sandbags and concrete) but the field maintenance assembly line for doubled armor didn't crank up in earnest  until February 45, I think

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The Jumbo certainly was in CMBO.

 

In the main I think that we have to avoid comparing Allied uparmoured tanks with German modifications of French vehicles, and expecting BFC to provide us with all the vehicles we wish we could have straight away. The Germans had four years to adapt French vehicles, and therefore, they were available in fairly large numbers, and in a wide variety by June '44. With both the US and Britain changes had to be made pretty quickly, and sometimes in an ad-hoc way as they went. I think that CMBO reflected that situation pretty well. And I see no reason to doubt that future upgrades, modules etc will do likewise. Fighting in the autumn, winter of '44 and the spring of '45 will be a lot of fun, and I'm sure BFC will do a great job for us.

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