November 4, 2016 by dignity
This is a variant of the American Sherman equipped with a powerful 17 pounder anti-tank gun. 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-tank gun crews were instructed to attack Fireflies first. Between 2100 and 2200 were manufactured before production wound down in 1945.
Major George Brighty and Lieutenant Colonel George Witheridge were the ones to really push the Firefly development against all opposition from the MOD. So they are probably the culprits who acquired a Sherman to work on.
What are your theories about the acquired Sherman Firefly?