Sherman Firefly

This photo of a Firefly tank was taken in the village of Putanges on 20 Aug 1944. It is not possible to identify the unit to which it belongs but the Greys had some of these tanks to add to their Shermans Mark II. The tank had a 17-pounder gun and was the most powerfully armed British tank of the war. It was equal in armament to the latest marques of German tanks and was to prove a valuable asset in the assault on France. It's crew was reduced to four, the hull machine-gunner and his gun being removed to maximise ammunition storage.

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