Tamiya TAM26524 Polish M4 Sherman 'Firefly' Medium Tank - Polish 2nd Armored Division "Warsawka",1944 (1:48 Scale)
"The only way you can win a war is to attack and keep on attacking, and after you have done that, keep attacking some more."
- General George S. Patton Jr., January 1945
The Sherman Firefly was a World War II British variation of the American Sherman tank, fitted with the powerful British 17 pounder (17-pdr) anti-tank gun as its main weapon.
The Sherman Firefly program was initially viewed as an insurance policy against the possible failure of the 17-pdr-equipped Challenger design based on the Cromwell tank. However, the Challenger was significantly delayed and not particularly successful when it was finally completed, and it proved easier and cheaper to up-gun existing Shermans. For the remainder of the war, the Firefly remained the only tank in the British inventory armed with this gun.
The turret had to be altered to fit the larger gun by moving the radio to a new bustle on the turret rear and by turning the long-recoiling gun on its side. A distinctive overhang at the back of the turret was added to give space for the recoiling weapon. The bow machine gun position was deleted to increase storage space for the longer shells.
The nickname "Firefly" quickly became synonymous with any Sherman fitted with this gun, and while plans were devised to modify the Sherman IV, only the Sherman I and V were used in the end. In British nomenclature, a "C" at the end of the Roman numeral indicated a tank equipped with the 17-pdr, and the resulting tanks were designated Sherman IC and VC Firefly.
This particular Sherman 'Firefly' tank was attached to the Polish 2nd Armored Division. Sold Out!
Length: 4-3/4 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: July 2007
Historical Account: "Warsawka" - The campaign in Poland had not finished yet when Polish troops abroad started to form. The government of Poland in exile that emerged in Paris adopted as its main goal the fight at the side of the Allies and creating a Polish army in France. This was the beginning of the Polskie Sily Zbrojne (PSZ – Polish Armed Forces) in the West which fought until May 1945 in three theatres of war: Western Europe (1940 and 1944-1945), North Europe (1940) and Mediterranean (North Africa in 1940-1942, Italy 1944-1945). The first Commander-in-Chief was General Wladyslaw Sikorski, who also was the Prime Minister of the government in exile. After his death (July 1943), his post was assigned to General Kazimierz Sosnkowski, dismissed in September 1944. After him General Tadeusz Komorowski, the AK Commanding Officer was appointed, who after the Warsaw Uprising defeat, became a German prisoner of war.