From: Cologne, Germany
Israel heavily modified the turrets of the Shermans, which led to the Super Sherman later on.
Israel used Shermans in 1967 and 1973 (means the Sherman M-50 Continental, the M-50 Cummins, the M-51 [also known as Isherman]). For the IDF, the only real Super Sherman was a 76mm M4A1 and HVSS suspension, designated "Super Sherman M-1".
Shermans were pretty much the MBTs for India when the (3rd) war with Pakistan started (1965), this resulted in the largest commitment of Sherman and Patton tanks (with the latter being a vital workhorse for Pakistan) during a conflict since WWII. The M4 Sherman was pretty much india's MBT, where some of them were upgraded with French guns, and where others were older M4s that just had the 75mm gun, around 175 tanks all in all, plus they had ~160 French AMX light tanks and some ~180 Centurions (105mm). Pakistan had 200 M4 Shermans (76mm), plus some 150 M24, and quite a number of lighter tanks.
After some vital successes against a superior number of Pakistani tanks, India lost 120 tanks during just one operation, where then the 105mm Centurions saved India's butt.
Many Middle and South American countries were using Shermans for decades, and I think some even served well into the 2000s, in one or another country down there.
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