Guest tank news for TANKFEST 2019

28th February 2019

For the first time ever a WW2 Sherman Firefly will be running at TANKFEST 2019.

Sherman Firefly tankfestThis particular Sherman Firefly comes from the Bastogne Barracks in Belgium, part of the Belgian Royal Military Museum. It was manufactured in the USA in 1942, delivered to Europe in 1943 and converted to a Firefly in early 1944. After the war, it was due to be scrapped, but avoided this fate and was recently restored to running order by the Museum.

The Sherman Firefly, with its 17 pounder gun, was considered the deadliest version of the famous Sherman tank and one of the few Allied tanks feared by the Germans. 

Head of Collections, Chris van Schaardenburgh, said, “This is the first time a Sherman Firefly has ever run at TANKFEST. It is a significant WW2 British innovation, tested just down the road from The Tank Museum, and we are extremely grateful to the Bastogne Barracks for bringing it here to Bovington.”

The Sherman Firefly will be running as part of the D-Day 75 display, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, at TANKFEST. The programme for TANKFEST 2019 is now available here.

Buy your two and three day TANKFEST 2019 tickets online here, to make the most of TANKFEST!