M4(105) Sherman Bulldozer Symbol

M4(105) Sherman Bulldozer

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M4(105) Sherman Bulldozer
M4(105) Sherman Bulldozer Portrait
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Medium tank extremely effective against infantry and structures.

The M4(105) Sherman Bulldozer, commonly known as simply Sherman Bulldozer, is a USF medium tank unit. In skirmishes, it is available from the .

This Sherman variant is specialized for infantry support duties compared to the regular , utilizing a completely different main cannon suited for anti-infantry and anti-structure duties. Stats-wise, the Bulldozer has higher durability by default, with higher health and frontal armour values compared to the regular Sherman.

The Bulldozer's main cannon fires lobbing indirect fire projectiles which behaves more similar to an artillery strike. Due to the travel time of these rounds, the Bulldozer can be less effective against moving targets. When these rounds impact, they explode with great area of effect, and deal extra damage to structures. As such, Sherman Bulldozers are very effective against infantry and static garrisons/structures. It can also deal a surprising amount of damage to light vehicles, though due to their mobility they often will not be hit. This weapon overall lacks penetration and thus is not effective against more armoured vehicles.

By default this unit is equipped with a dozer blade that can be toggled on or off. When toggled on, it is lowered to the ground, slowly the Sherman's movement speed but allowing it to clear any obstacle including anti-tank obstacles and heavy terrain like hedgerows. While the dozer blade is active, the Sherman can also destroy mines upon contact, making the unit only take 50% of the damage and without receiving the 'Engine Damaged' state.

This unit can be upgraded with an additional machine gun at a Munitions cost, increasing anti-infantry performance.

At veterancy level 1, the Bulldozer can choose between the Bunker Buster barrage ability or the Incendiary Barrage ability, both of which further enhances what this unit is already good at. See sections below for more info.

As with the other Shermans, this unit benefits from various upgrades available at the , such as gaining access to the White Phosphorus Barrage ability. See upgrades and abilities section for more info.

With its unique armament and higher durability, the Bulldozer is a great choice for smashing through defensive fortifications and supporting infantry assaults. It can stand up against more frontal damage than the standard Sherman, and thanks to dealing extra damage to structures is not afraid to directly engage enemy lines. The large area of effect means the Bulldozer can be even more threatening to infantry compared to regular Shermans. If the player can keep up with additional micromanagement, utilizing the dozer blade to clear paths that otherwise would be impossible to deal with can be critical for paving the way in certain situations, not to mention it can also be a way to deal with mines. Due to its specialization, the Bulldozer is not effective against vehicles and thus will need support against any armoured targets.

Armor


medium tank

CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon110
CoH3 Stats negative Cover Icon80
CoH3 Stats medium tank Portrait
CoH3 Stats heavy Cover Icon240
CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon110

Veterancy


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1800 XP

Unlocks veteran ability choice. Increases turret traverse speed, and acceleration.
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5400 XP

Increases rotation rate, rate of fire, and accuracy.
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10800 XP

Increases rotation rate, rate of fire, and acceleration.

Veterancy Abilities

All USF units can choose between one of two veterancy abilities specific to them, upon reaching veterancy level 1.

  • Bunker Buster Barrage: Active ability. Fires a volley of specialized rounds at the target area. These rounds have a delayed fuze, meaning instead of exploding on impact, there is a short delay before each explosion. As the name implies, these rounds deal substantial extra damage especially to structures and garrisons. Due to the delay, it is not effective against wary opponents with mobile units. A fairly niche ability choice due to the Sherman Bulldozer already being good at destroying structures by default.

  • Incendiary Barrage: Active ability. Fires a volley of incendiary rounds at the target area. These explode doing less initial damage compared to regular attacks, but they also leave lingering fire that deals continuous damage to infantry and structures in its area of effect. This lingering fire can be helpful for extended area denial, especially to discourage opponents from setting up in the area or to discourage them from picking up abandoned weapons on the field.

Upgrades


M2HB .50cal Heavy Machine Gun icon
M2HB .50cal Heavy Machine Gun
Upgrades the unit with a pintle-mounted heavy machine gun.
Munitions Cost

50

  • M2HB .50cal Heavy Machine Gun: Upgrades the unit with a pintle-mounted machine gun which can turn to face any direction independently of the vehicle turret. Increases anti-infantry firepower overall.

Upgrades

This unit can benefit from the following upgrades.

  • Smoke Shells: Grants the Smoke Launcher ability for all Sherman variants and the , as well as the Smoke Shot ability for .

  • Improvised Armor: Increases the armour value of the following units: , , , and all Sherman variants.

  • Specialized Munitions: Grants unique abilities for various vehicles:

    • : White Phosphorus Barrage.

Armored Battlegroup

This unit can benefit from the following battlegroup perks.

  • Veteran Crews: Grants veterancy level 1 to all current and future vehicles.

  • Fast Deploy: Reduces the production time of vehicles significantly.

  • Strength in Steel: Reduces the population cap cost and upkeep of all vehicles.

  • Field Repairs: Active battlegroup ability. Once activated, all vehicles will automatically self-repair when stationary and out of combat for the duration of the ability.

  • Seek and Destroy: Active battlegroup ability. Once activated, temporarily grants increased movement speed, accuracy, and rate of fire to all vehicles for the duration of the ability.

  • War Machine: Reduces the Manpower cost of all vehicles by 25%.

Abilities


Dozer Blade Active icon
Dozer Blade Active
Lower the dozer blade, allowing the crushing of heavy obstacles such as tank traps and hedges while reducing the impact of mines at the cost of speed.
Allows the crushing of heavy obstacles. Reduces mine damage by 50% and cannot receive engine criticals from mines. Reduces speed by -50%.
Hold Fire Disabled icon
Hold Fire Disabled
Unit will not engage unless given a manual attack order when active.
Emergency Engine Repair icon
Emergency Engine Repair
Crew will repair vehicle criticals when out of combat and stationary.
Time Cost

180

White Phosphorus Barrage icon
White Phosphorus Barrage
Fires special smoke rounds. Smoke clouds continuously damages infantry and blocks vision.
Munitions Cost

30

Time Cost

30

Smoke Launchers icon
Smoke Launchers
Fires smoke rounds at the target. Blocks vision in an area upon detonating.
Time Cost

120

Unlock Bunker Buster Barrage icon
Unlock Bunker Buster Barrage
Fires rounds that detonate shortly after landing. Moderate blast radius. Very effective against stationary targets.
Unlock Incendiary Barrage icon
Unlock Incendiary Barrage
Fires an indirect barrage of shells at the target.
Bunker Buster Barrage icon
Bunker Buster Barrage
Fires rounds that detonate shortly after landing. Moderate blast radius. Very effective against stationary targets.
Munitions Cost

30

Time Cost

30

Incendiary Barrage icon
Incendiary Barrage
Fires incendiary rounds that continuously damage infantry and structures in the area after detonating.
Munitions Cost

30

Time Cost

30

Note: Emergency Engine Repair is campaign exclusive and not available in skirmishes.

  • Dozer Blade toggle (active/inactive): Active toggle ability. By default, this unit has the Dozers toggled off. While toggled on (active), the dozer blade is lowered. While active the unit's movement speed is slowed by -50%. In return, the dozer blade can destroy nearly any obstacle in its way, including anti-tank obstacles and even hedgerows. It can also destroy mines, which will then only deal 50% damage to the Sherman while also not granting it the 'Engine Damaged' status. When toggled off, the dozer blade becomes inactive and movement speed is returned to normal. Overall a useful ability to clear a variety of obstacles, and is a useful way to deal with suspected mine placement when minesweepers are not available or the is too at risk of being killed. Note that the direction of the tank does not matter when clearing mines, meaning as long as the ability is toggled on, even reversing into mines will still deal less damage and not grant engine criticals.

  • Smoke Launchers: Active ability that is only unlocked via the Smoke Shells upgrade available at the . Fires a barrage of smoke rounds at the target area, creating sight-obscuring smoke clouds.

  • White Phosphorus Barrage: Active ability that is only unlocked via the Specialized Munitions upgrade available at the . Fires a barrage of white phosphorus rounds that create sight-obscuring smoke clouds. However these clouds also deal continuous damage to any infantry in its area of effect.

Weapons


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Accuracy0.050.0370.025
Range017.535
Penetration353535
120
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Accuracy0.350.150.1
Range72035
4
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Accuracy0.350.150.1
Range72035
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Range027.555
Penetration353535
  • The Bulldozer's main cannon fires lobbing projectiles that is more similar to an artillery strike than typical direct fire cannons.

Change Log

1.6 'Coral Viper' April 2 2024

The Bulldozer is having its speed reduced to better differentiate the unit as a slower moving breakthrough tank. Cost has also been increased due to the unit’s high infantry firepower, increased health, and heavier frontal armor which is superior to that of the standard M4A1 Sherman.  

  • Cost increased from 360 manpower and 90 fuel to 380 manpower and 100 fuel  

  • Speed reduced from 5.5 to 5.2  

February 27 2024

M4(105) Sherman Bulldozer 

  • Dozer now properly takes reduced damage from mines by 50% and will not take mine criticals while active. Speed penalty increased to 40% when the dozer blade is active 

  • Sherman Dozer no longer starts with its dozer blade deployed