Brickmania Sherman Vc Firefly Tank...
Brickmania Sherman Vc Firefly Tank
Release 2010 #76
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About the Sherman Firefly Vc:
The Sherman Firefly was a tank used by the Commonwealth in the United Kingdom and Allied armored formations in WWII. It was based on the US M4 Sherman but fitted with the powerful 3-inch caliber British 17 pounder anti-tank gun as its main weapon. Originally conceived as a stopgap until future British tank designs came into service, the Sherman Firefly became the most common vehicle mounting the 17 pounder in the war. After the difficult problem of getting the gun to fit in the Sherman’s turret was solved (by W.G.K Kilboun, a Vickers engineer), the Firefly was put into production in early 1944. It soon became highly valued as the only British tank capable of defeating the Panther and Tiger tanks it faced in Normandy at standard combat ranges. In recognition of this, German tank and anti-gun crews were instructed to attack Fireflies first.
The Sherman VC and IC variants are easily distinguished by their lower hulls; the VC having a rivet hull with a curved shape, while the IC has a welded and angled lower hull. Despite being a high priority target, Fireflies appear to have had a statistically lower chance of being knocked out than the standard Sherman. This was probably due more to how they were employed than actual effectiveness of the attempted camouflaging of the long barrel. The nickname “Firefly” is not found in wartime official documents, but was adopted due to the bright muzzle flash of the main gun.
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