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Sherman Firefly
Sherman Firefly 1
Role Tank
Operators United Kingdom
No. of positions 2
Position 1 Driver
76.2mm gun
7.62mm machine gun
Position 2 7.62mm machine gun
Smoke discharger
Panzer M4-748 (a)
Beute firefly
Role Tank
Operators Germany
No. of positions 2
Position 1 Driver
76.2mm gun
7.62mm machine gun
Position 2 7.62mm machine gun
Smoke discharger

Sherman Firefly is a variant of the M4 Sherman tank fielded by the United Kingdom.

DescriptionEdit

The Sherman Firefly is an M4 Sherman tank fitted with the powerful British 17-pounder gun for better anti-tank capability against heavier German tanks. The coaxial M1919 Browning machine gun is retained, but the one at the front of the hull is deleted to give room for ammunition, as the 17-pdr rounds were much larger than the 75mm rounds. The second position on top of the turret has access to another M1919 Browning machine gun and smoke dischargers.

Since the British mainly received M4A4 versions of the Sherman, which is in british nomenclatura a Sherman V, the bulk of tanks converted to Fireflies have been of this type. After replacing the 75mm M3 gun with the 17-pdr, a "C" was added to the designation of all converted vehicles, creating the Sherman VC "Firefly". It appears in the European theatre from June 1944 onwards in small numbers and proved to be a superb tank killer. It was a Firefly of the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry, that destroyed the Tiger of the German tank ace Michael Wittmann in August 1944, killing him and his crew.

Germany also used a small number of Sherman Fireflies captured from the British. Examples can be found in 4504-Mouse Roars.

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