Canadian Sherman tanks of the Royal Canadian Dragoons during the liberation of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 1945. At the start of the war, the Royal Canadian Dragoons were still horse cavalry and would remain so until the regiment finally dismounted in August, 1940.
I was thinking the same thing. At first I thought it might be the Israeli super sherman, but that isn’t exactly right either. Then it almost seems like someone slapped a T-55 turret on a Sherman, which is obviously not right. Clearly upgunned though. Firefly?
Argentina bought the Sherman tanks during a process of modernization of its Armed Forces faced during the first presidency of Gen. Juan Domingo Peron (1946-1952) and taking advantage of the enormous amounts of disused war material that was in the world in the immediate postwar period, great part of which was rusting in huge open-air arsenals.
The tanks were located in Belgium and were purchased by the Argentine Institute for the Promotion of Exchange (IAPI), an institution created by Gen. Peron that centralized foreign trade, from the Belgian businessman Victor Van Loo, at a price of 20 cents. the kilo to pay in agricultural products. Other versions refer to a direct purchase from the UK, partially in exchange for paying off the debts that this country had with Argentina for the sale of food during the war.
In total, about 360 M4 Sherman tanks were purchased (some estimates put the number well above 400), and about 200 of these were of the “Firefly” variant.
The tanks, belonging to the British army, had all the modifications made by that country and in some cases personal effects of previous crews were found inside. They would serve thereafter in our army until the late 1970s.