Transcript: The Sherman Tank Comes Home [VIDEO]

Andy Masich, President and CEO, Heinz History Center:

When we built the new addition to the History Center in 20014, we told the architects we needed to design it in such a way that it could accommodate a Sherman tank.

For you tank aficionados, you probably know that the Sherman was a medium tank, it had an undersized 75 millimeter gun that Americans learned couldn’t even pierce the armor of a German Tiger tank. So in 1944, they redesigned the gun and the turret to accommodate a 76 millimeter high-velocity cannon. And those turrets were made right here in Pittsburgh.

We found a history buff in Ligonier who owned his own tank. He agreed to loan it to us. This tank could roll and was in perfect condition. It was just right for our exhibit.

Brad Burmeister, Exhibit Production Coordinator, Heinz History Center:

My role is basically to coordinate every aspect of bringing this thing down here and getting it here safe. There’s many different moving parts. So we have the lender that’s lending the tank. Then we actually have the rigging company that’s actually going to transport the tank.

I think the drive’s going to be pretty simple. We’re going to be taking major highways and there’s going to be lots of room. But once we get it down here and we start making that turn to come onto Smallman Street, that’s going to be a little tricky situation because we’re bringing it down right after peak rush hour.

Andy Masich, President and CEO, Heinz History Center:

Some of the veterans are going to do a double take when they see a tank double-parked in front of the History Center. It’s going to bring back some memories, memories of life and death experiences during WWII.

We think the Sherman tank in front of the History Center will be an iconic element for the show. It’s something that really epitomizes American industry, the “Arsenal of Democracy” during WWII.