Allen Crawford’s M4 Sherman tank drew much attention at 2023’s Norfolk Armourfest. Craig Moore finds out how it was salvaged as a rusty wreck and lovingly brought back to life

Allen Crawford’s restored M4 Sherman T270129 at the Norfolk Tank Museum’s Armourfest 2023

Imet up with Allen Crawford at the Norfolk Tank Museum’s Armourfest 2023 and we had a chat about his restored M4 Sherman tank. Its serial number is 551, which means it was one of the earliest M4 Shermans to come out of the factory gates.

It has a riveted rather than welded lower hull and was built by the Pressed Steel Car Company in September 1942. The British Army gave the M4 Sherman the designation Sherman I, and this particular example was issued with the British Army War Department number T270129.

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