Sherman Firefly

ISBN: 978-1-84603-277-6
Review Date:

Sherman Firefly tanks began their lives as M4 Sherman tanks built by the United States. The British, who sought greater firepower, extensively modified the turrets of certain batches of the M4 Sherman tanks they received from the US, namely by adding large 17-pounder guns. Sherman Firefly, a book in Osprey Publishing's New Vanguard series, dives into this British modification in relative depth.

It seemed to me that most of author David Fletcher's efforts focused upon the modification of the Sherman tanks so that the larger guns could be fitted. The level of detail he provided is stunning. For example, his narratives on the shell-fetching and loading procedures provide the necessary insight for me to realize some of the difficulties in fitting such large guns to the Sherman turrets while still needing to find room to store the larger ammunition.

Once deployed in Europe during the Normandy Campaign, Sherman Firefly tanks soon became a favorite with British and Commonwealth units, as their firepower provided a good match for the feared German Tiger tanks. Given this fact, the book considers the strategic concerns, listing reasons why British leadership tended to favor the deployment of Sherman Firefly tanks in Northwest Europe instead of Italy.

This book is without a doubt an Osprey book. Like others in Osprey's catalog, detailed cutaway illustration and a rich collection of photographs make this book a treasure for armor enthusiasts, modelers, and anyone who is interested in the ground war in Europe. At a measley 48 pages in size, it is packed with enough information to overwhelm the casual reader.

Operational history from the viewpoint of Sherman Firefly tank crews is lacking in this book, unfortunately, but that is by the author's choice. "Individual crew experiences are rarely reliable, no matter how interesting they might be", David Fletcher noted in his writing. "As a result, where we are obliged to be concise, a more general source is better."

David Fletcher's Sherman Firefly is a great addition as a reference book in the World War II Database library. Like tanks? Definitely check it out.

Back to Main | Back to Book Reviews Index

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code



1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

A review copy or review sample of this product was provided by the publisher or vendor to WW2DB; opinions expressed in this review are not influenced by this fact.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
More on Sherman Firefly
Related Vehicles:
» M4 Sherman

Famous WW2 Quote
"I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."

General Douglas MacArthur at Leyte, 17 Oct 1944

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!