France was not the first country to develop tanks during the wars. It was the ally of France, Britain, that built heavy tanks with a crew of 8 people.
During World War I, France produced more than 3,000 Renault FT tanks, compared with the 20 A7V heavy tanks used by the German rival. Copies of the Renault FT were then built by the United States, Italy and the Soviet Union, making it one of the most produced tanks until the outbreak of World War II. Today, about 40 Renault FTs are on display in museums and private collections around the world.
Next to be the American M4 Sherman tank. The Sherman was certainly not the best tank of World War II, but with more than 50,000 produced between 1942 and 1945, it was the American line of tanks most commonly used during the war. The M4 Sherman was also the only tank used in most battles, by the British, French, Chinese, Canadian and even Soviet armies.
Sherman proved capable of fighting effectively against the Panzer III and Panzer IV of Nazi Germany. Sherman was also easier to maintain, so the US produced them in overwhelming numbers. During the Cold War, M4 Sherman was also used widely around the world.
Currently only a few M4 Sherman tanks exist. There are hundreds of Shermans on display in military museums and dozens of them in private collections. These legendary tanks continue to be regularly auctioned in international markets. One of the highest-priced ones in November 2020, amounted to $ 400,000.
American M60 tank. This was the most produced tank in the US during the Cold War, and was in service in 22 countries. The M60 was first introduced into service in 1959 and has been steadily upgraded and improved over the years.
Currently, the M60 is still in use in 17 countries. A total of 15,000 M60s were built, most of which were the improved M60A1 variant, with thicker armor and a better upgraded ammunition storage system. In 1997, the US Army retired the M60A3 tanks, but still about 1,700 are still in service with the Egyptian army. In addition, the Turkish and Israeli armies have about 900 and 700 tanks in service, respectively.
Finally, it is impossible not to mention the T-54/55 of the Soviet Union. The T-54 was introduced in the late 1940s to replace the T-34 medium tanks, which were used effectively during World War II. The modified version was re-designated by the Soviet army as the T-55. According to statistics, more than 100,000 T-54/T-55 tanks were produced from 1946 to 1983. This is the most produced tank in history.