Snickers Man wrote: »
Weren't British tanks famously crap, though?
I gather that by the time of D-Day the British had largely switched to using American Sherman tanks, and even they were not considered to be much good compared with the best German tanks that they faced. Many writers of the period point out that the advantage the Shermans had over Tigers and Panthers was merely that there were more of them. Also, that they were more serviceable and repairable and could be patched up and put back into the fight after suffering minor damage more easily than the Germans which had to be abandoned or destroyed by their own side once they suffered any significant damage.
Just a brief anecdote: my late father was a child in England during the War. He used to visit a convalescent centre with his mother where wounded soldiers were recuperating after hospital treatment. He said he once spoke with a wounded British tank driver (he would have been about 10-11 years old) and asked him "Are those Tiger tanks any good?"
"Too ****ing god, son!" was the reply.
Aegir wrote: »
the M4 Sherman was known as the "Ronson Tank" by the British, because it lit first time and "Tommy Cookers" by the Germans for pretty much the same reason.
Fritzbox wrote: »
This particular statement should be in the thread below:Commonly believed historical inaccuracieshttps://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2058146697