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Old 02-15-2013, 07:22 PM   #251
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What did U.S. troops of WW2 call the Sherman Tank? and why??

what did the British Tommys call them.
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What did U.S. troops of WW2 call the Sherman Tank? and why??

what did the British Tommys call them.
There are plenty of names for it...Zippo, widowmaker, tinderbox, Easy 8, Jumbo, firefly...
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Taped to the inside of the blade of the E-tool (when it was stowed) was your supply of blasting caps. Safest place you could put them.
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There are plenty of names for it...Zippo, widowmaker, tinderbox, Easy 8, Jumbo, firefly...

But mostly they called it the Ronson, because it lit every time!

The Brits called it "Tommy cooker."
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But mostly they called it the Ronson, because it lit every time!

The Brits called it "Tommy cooker."
Actually I think you'll find the German Tiger Tank crews called them that although any tank hit with the 88mm shell didn't survive the aftermath of it being hit.
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But mostly they called it the Ronson, because it lit every time!

The Brits called it "Tommy cooker."
Ronson is a British Lighter company. I don't see why German troops would call it that, and after looking it up, Zippo was common for the Yank troops.
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Ronson is a British Lighter company. I don't see why German troops would call it that, and after looking it up, Zippo was common for the Yank troops.
common enemy soldiers shared a lot of things, some music comes to mind. Was it "Lilly LaRene" or something like that? German troops had the opportunity to capture things like lighters. They would know about our stuff.
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Re: Number of Trucks- there is always at least 1. Truck refers to the pulley at the top of the flagpole.

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common enemy soldiers shared a lot of things, some music comes to mind. Was it "Lilly LaRene" or something like that? German troops had the opportunity to capture things like lighters. They would know about our stuff.
That follows, but to me it makes more sense for the Tommy's to call it that.
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LUBrowning... Really was The Desert Foxes Q&A

Anyway, the reason we used the Model 1917 rifle, knocked off from the Brit Pattern 14 Rifle, is that the latter were being made here for the Brits when we entered WWI and didn't have many 1903 Springfields to speak of. It was fortuitous timing we got Winchester, Remington as well as their Eddystone Div. to rechamber them in .30-06.
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