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Sherman Firefly Front by 12jack12 Sherman Firefly Front by 12jack12
The Sherman Firefly was a World War II British variant of the American Sherman tank, fitted with the powerful 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 with the 17 pounder in World War II.

Though the British expected to have their own new tank models developed soon, British Major George Brighty championed the already-rejected idea of mounting the 17 pounder in the existing Sherman. With the help of Lieutenant Colonel Witheridge and despite official disapproval, he managed to get the concept accepted. This proved fortuitous, as both the Challenger and Cromwell tank designs experienced difficulties and delays.

After the problem of getting the gun to fit in the Sherman's turret was solved, the Firefly was put into production in early 1944, in time to equip Field Marshal Montgomery's forces for the Normandy landings. 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.

Dragon 1:35 Scale Model, assembled, painted and photographed by me.
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Defibulator Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   General Artist
My favorite Allied tank of World War II. Well done.
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav :wave:
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Defibulator Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   General Artist
no problem.
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Quenta-Silmarillion Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
great!
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :wave:

Thanks for all the favs to :thumbsup:
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Quenta-Silmarillion Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
my pleasure
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RaphaelGreen20 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
dang this looks amazing!
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I am very happy with the way this Firefly came out :nod:

Don't know if you saw my folder with all my older tank models, but here's the link it you have time to look :nod: [link]
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GilDunnit Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Great work, I've seen war photos of Canadian Fireflys with a sort of camouflaged barrel so they didn't stand out quite as much, nice description and story as well.
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12jack12 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I've seen what your talking about, kind of a white, for lack of a better word, snake along the bottom of the barrel.
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