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M4A3E8 battles

Hi all, I dont post here much, mostly just read. I am a professional modeler and looking for some help as I know WW2 history well but cant find specific battles with this tank. I am building a large scale diorama for a military museum. I need it to have some M4A3E8s in the scene, it will be 2-4 tanks per side. I am looking for any credible in formation on specific battles or engagements involving US M4A3E8 tanks, at least one with other tanks are ok too. I can just make up a fictional/history based scenario of the correct time period, like a depction somwhere on the late West Front but would like to copy a general script/scene if possible. I know it wasnt produced until 1944.
Thanks for any help.
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Hi all, I dont post here much, mostly just read. I am a professional modeler and looking for some help as I know WW2 history well but cant find specific battles with this tank. I am building a large scale diorama for a military museum. I need it to have some M4A3E8s in the scene, it will be 2-4 tanks per side. I am looking for any credible in formation on specific battles or engagements involving US M4A3E8 tanks, at least one with other tanks are ok too. I can just make up a fictional/history based scenario of the correct time period, like a depction somwhere on the late West Front but would like to copy a general script/scene if possible. I know it wasnt produced until 1944.
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According to Zaloga, the first M4A3E8s were issued during the Ardennes fighting in December 1944. One of the first formations to get the new tank was the 4th Armored Division, 37th Tank Battalion, but they seem to have been issued across the board in the following months. Other users were 14th Armored Division, 12th Armored Division, 11th Armored Division, 6th Armored Division. There is a number of pictures taken from the latter divisions entry into the village of Oberdorla in Germany on April 4th 1945:

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Zaloga has numerous books which might help. Go to his stuff on Amazon and you'll find his primary hardcover on the M4 as well as numerous Vanguard type books on the M4. He also has a pair of picture books on the M4 which could be helpful in coming up with a good diorama for the vehicle.
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This may have some appropriate pix: http://www.history.army.mil/html/boo...2-3/index.html
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