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M4A3 (105mm) HVSS (US053)

M4A3 (105mm) HVSS (US053)

M4A3 (105mm) HVSS (US053)
includes one M4A3 (105mm) HVSS Sherman Assault Gun.

In November 1942 two M4A4 Pilot Shermans were modified to carry the 105mm Howitzer for close support work. In 1943 the design was standardised and M4 and M4A3 versions were put into production.

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M4A3 (105mm) HVSS (US053) A total of 800 M4s were built between February and September 1943, a further 500 M4A3 versions were built between April and August 1944.

As further refinements were made to the Sherman design, the Horizontal Volute Suspension System (HVSS, for short) was incorporated into the M4A3 (105mm). This made it much easier to replace damaged road wheels and the new wide track improved the tank’s off-road performance. Together this gave the M4A3 (105mm) HVSS a much improved ride and far better flotation over soft ground.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Blake Coster
The M4A3 (105mm) HVSS in Flames Of War
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M4A3 (105mm) HVSS Standard Tank 7 4 1 Co-ax MG, Hull MG, .50 cal AA MG,
Detroit's Finest, Protected ammo, Wide tracks.
M4 105mm howitzer
24"/60cm
1
9
2+
Breakthrough gun, Slow traverse, Smoke.
Firing bombardments
48"/120cm
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4
4+
 
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Detroit’s Finest
The Ford V8 engine improved the performance of the M4A3 series of tanks. Its power gave them a good top speed, while its robustness and reliability allowed them to take advantage of this without worrying about breaking down.


Tanks that use the Detroit’s Finest special rule have a Movement Distance of 14”/35cm on Roads or Cross-country Terrain.
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Protected Ammo
Many tanks are destroyed not by the enemy shell but by their own ammunition being hit by white-hot fragments of armour and exploding. The chances of this were minimised by providing a safe place for stowing ammunition within the vehicle such as an armoured compartment or inside a water-filled jacket.


If forced to bail out, crews of tanks with protected ammunition are far more confident when it comes to remounting their vehicle quickly.

Tanks with Protected Ammo re-roll all failed Motivation Tests to Remount Bailed Out vehicles in the Starting Step (see page 102 of the main rulebook).
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Wide Tracks
Some excellent tank designs have successfully utilised wider tracks, allowing them to cross almost any terrain.


If a vehicle with Wide Tracks becomes Bogged Down while attempting to cross Rough Terrain, roll again. On a roll of 4+ the vehicle immediately frees itself and continues moving.
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Slow Traverse
Most tanks were either fitted with power traverse or had turrets that were light enough to be quickly swung by hand. Some designs suffered from heavy turrets lacking power traverse.


Tanks with slow traverse add +1 to the score required to hit when shooting any turret-mounted weapon except an AA MG at targets that are entirely behind a line drawn across the front of the tank’s turret before they rotate their turret to face the target.


Last Updated On Monday, February 25, 2019 by Luke at Battlefront