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British Sherman Firefly by Grekwood British Sherman Firefly by Grekwood
The British Sherman Firefly (Black and white/colour version)
M4A4 Tank Medium (17 Pdr) (E1949.340)
on show at Bovington Tank museum july 2009
website .. [link]

A British modification of the American m4 Sherman....
As an all-round, general purpose tank the Sherman was one of the best of World War II, but by 1943 it was getting past its prime. The gun, a dual purpose 75mm, was outclassed by comparable German weapons and the armour on later German tanks was too thick for it to deal with. An officer at Lulworth Camp, near Bovington, came up with the idea of fitting a better gun, the British 76.2mm, known as the 17 pounder. At first he could get no support but in due course the problem was investigated at Chertsey and solved. The new design would be known as the Sherman Firefly.

It was not a simple matter of fitting a new gun; the 17 pdr was much bigger than the 75mm so the turret had to be modified, with a bulge at the back to fit the radio and an extra hatch for the loader. The new ammunition was bigger so there were changes inside too. Indeed the demand for space was so great that hull machine-gunner, sitting to the right of the driver was disposed of and the weapon aperture sealed.

In action the Firefly was a success. The gun proved capable of dealing with the heavier German tanks but, since the armour had not been thickened to match it was still very vulnerable. It was also rather obvious, with the long gun sticking out like a sore thumb so various attempts were made to disguise it. The exhibit is painted to represent a tank of Guards Armoured Division around the time of Arnhem.
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Railwaywerewolf Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One of my favorite tanks of WWII
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Brigadier-Zod Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
It's a shame the Sherman did not have a better high velocity gun for them all by the time of D-Day
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Grekwood Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
yeah..on the subject of the sherman and D-Day i still have photos of the Anphibious Sherman to upload :)
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Nejen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i like the black and white thing you've got going on in this and the other tanks photo
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Grekwood Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
thanks :) yeah just thought i'd try something different with them.... it sort of helps focus on the main item in the picture helping distract you away from the lurking people in the background lol
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Nejen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it does that very well
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Grekwood Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
yup :)
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MysticMosesWhale Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Firefly Rocks!
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Grekwood Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
lol we are still talking about the tank and not the sci fi tv series firefly... arn't we lol .. although both do rock ;)

i have pictures of the american version still to upload.... i'm quite slow and lazy at this uploading thing...
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MysticMosesWhale Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
na na the tank the tank!!!

i like the american version but the british one grabs me more
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Grekwood Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
lol...yeah :)
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HamTheDog Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
terrible armor but at least the brits knew to put a 17pdr on it..cheers
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HamTheDog Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
terrible armor but at least the brits knew to put a 17pdr on it..cheers
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