If the germans had concentrated on building more Panther tanks instead of tigers they probably could have halted the russian advance. Most tigers killed in combat were taken out by other things and not shermans. Many of them were captured because they broke down. One captured tiger had over 30 hits on it from shermans. A misconception was that the Sherman was a tank as we think of them. It was designed to be a mass produced infantry support vehicle like the Bradley or BMP's. Over 50,000 shermans were produced but no more than 2500 Tigers were made during the war. Guess which one was more feared. One german reported after the war his crew was issued a brand new Tiger to fight on the western front, After it was unloaded they drove less than 20 feet before it broke down, Interestingly a Tiger held the longest tank on tank combat kill distance record 1800 meters until the first gulf war.
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