Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 26, 2011 21:50:07 GMT 12
What models of Sherman did the New Zealand Division use in the Italian campain 1943-45?
I met a great chap called Charlie Honeycombe who was in 21 Battalion but after a while in Italy he ended up being shifted to 20 Armoured Regiment and became a tank commander. He told me he was put in charge of a section of two tanks and they were issued with the very new, then top secret 17 pounder armed Shermans. I assume these were Fireflies?
Out of interest, Charlie and his tank crew adopted a young Italian boy of about ten years old, who'd lost his family in the fighting. Charlie and the lads looked after him and he travelled with them through the battles for many months till they found him a good safe home. Neat story eh.
Anyway, back to the Shermans, does anyone know the various specific models or marks of Sherman that NZ used? Are any of the 1/35th scale Sherman models out there suitable for modelling NZ tanks?
Early and mid production Sherman III (Dragon & Tasca do kits of these with Tasca being the best Shermans on the market and you pay for it. But they are lovely. Just look for the 'British' Sherman kits I myself have a couple of the Dragon ones and they are nice)
Sherman VC Firefly (Dragon & Tasca)
Sherman 1C Hybrid Firefly (Dragon)
Sherman 1B (Not sure)
M10/Archillies (Academy & AFV do these)
It's not yours until the little infantry guy stands on it.
Post by tonirogers on Apr 23, 2012 16:08:05 GMT 12
Just wanted to jump online and say I'm Charlie's grand daughter. Every so often I jump online and search his name to find whatever I can about Grandad, and I love to tell him what I find. Apparently he didn't really talk about any of his war days until we (the grand kids) started asking about it, we were kids, we didn't know back then what it meant. In fact, even as adults, I'm pretty sure we still don't.
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 23, 2012 16:40:28 GMT 12
Hi Toni, great to see you here. I really enjoyed my visit with Charlie. I had already heard lots of classic stories about him from my uncle Ted "Bluey" Homewood as they served together for a while, and remained good mates till Bluey passed away last year.