South African Sherman Fireflies

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South African Sherman Fireflies

Post by SU 85M hunter » 01 Mar 2021 00:00

Does anyone know when the 6th South African armoured division got its first shipment of Fireflies?
This is quite a simple question, yet I have found no answers on the internet, so any info would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: South African Sherman Fireflies

Post by EwenS » 01 Mar 2021 14:24

From Mark Hayward’s “Sherman Firefly” the first Fireflies arrived in Italy in Sept 1944 and the first were allocated to units around the end of that month. The RAC returns and other reports detailed in the book show 6th SA Armd Div with 4 Firefies on strength for the first time by 21 Dec 1944 (none on 17th Nov).

The reporting of numbers in 1945 is less than clear with some being estimates. By the beginning of April numbers had grown to 24-27 and were at 26 by 25th June. They were supposed to have 36. They were probably Ic versions.

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Re: South African Sherman Fireflies

Post by Martin_Schenkel » 04 Mar 2021 06:45

"The British Armies in World War Two: An Organisational history, Vol 2" (Hughes, Broshot, and Philson) says that in January 45 they only had enough for one per Squadron, and by April 45 each Squadron had one full troop of Fireflies.

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