The Tiger was in general a much more powerful and tough tank to bring down than the M4 Sherman, however this statement does not tell the whole story. Production of the Tiger and the durability was less efficient than the M4 Sherman, which gave the Allies a huge advantage. In addition to the production advantages that the M4 Sherman had over the Tiger, there were several other small factors that contributed to the M4 Shermans effectiveness and resilience.
The productions figures are of the United States M4 Sherman are staggering compared to that of the German Tiger. Initially in 1942 President Roosevelt had ordered for 1,000 Shermans to be completed each month. However, he soon realized the demand for such a mobile tank and increased the production to 2,000 a month. This is astonishing compared to the German’s Tiger, considering in August 1942 they produced a total of 25 Tiger Tanks. They did boost the production by April 1944 where they produced a total of 104 Tiger tanks. However, the fact that it took at total of 300,000 man hours to produce a single Tiger tank is incredible. By the end of the War the United States had built 48,000 M4 Shermans compared to 1,840 Tiger Tanks. Another small point to touch on is the cost of the two tanks. There is no way of know the exact cost of the Sherman with all the different variations, but overall it was a very cheap tank to produce. Opposite of the Sherman is the Tiger, which was very expensive costing nearly 2.5 times the Panzer IV. Of course comparing these two tanks is difficult considering the Sherman was a medium tank while the Tiger was a Heavy Tank and often considered indestructible.
Each tank did have different variations but unlike the Tiger the Sherman’s variations did not necessarily mean improvement as much as it did varying styles. The Germans started creating the Tigers in 1942 and used the Tiger I’s throughout the end of the war, but they did create the Tiger II or the King Tiger. The...
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