Canada’s Ram II Medium Tank: After Suffering D-Day Losses This ‘Battering Ram’ Saved the Day

Generally misplaced within the celebratory telling of the 1940 rescue of British forces from Dunkirk’s seashores is the devastating quantity of struggle materiel the British Expeditionary Drive needed to go away behind in France. Together with artillery, weapons, and automobiles of all kinds, the British misplaced about half of all of the tanks of their stock to the Germans.

Canada’s Ram II Medium Tank (Jim Laurier)

Canadians, eager to each resupply the British and meet their very own protection wants, started plans to provide a domestically constructed tank. They at first thought-about licensing the brand new American M3 Lee medium tank, however in March 1941 settled on a hybrid design, combining the M3’s chassis, engine, and drivetrain with a redesigned cast-iron hull. Simply as manufacturing was ramping up, the Allies selected the American M4 Sherman as their principal frontline tank, and the Ram was consigned to a coaching function. Canadian and different Allied troops in England educated extensively in Rams from 1942 to 1944.

However the Ram contributed in different methods as effectively. A number of variants noticed motion in Europe as gun mounts, flamethrowers, and armored personnel carriers. One of the best-known variant was the Sexton, a self-propelled 25-pound gun constructed on a Ram chassis.