* Oddball explains that his crews have fitted pipes to their tanks to make their undergunned Shermans seem more menacing[[note]]in reality, the tanks used for filming had been fitted with larger guns after the war[[/note]]. In fact, there did exist a Sherman variant (the Firefly) which had a far more powerful gun (the British 17-pounder anti-tank gun) that was quite capable of knocking out a Tiger[[note]]though not a King Tiger[[/note]] or a Panther, and was actually more powerful than the famous 88mm Tiger cannon or the 75mm gun used by the Panther[[note]]not that this was a decisive advantage since the Sherman was under-armored as well by 1944 standards: the German tanks could knock out a Sherman tank at any range[[/note]]. The Germans did see the Firefly tanks as a serious threat, but their reaction was quite predictably to attempt to eliminate them first and leave the regular Shermans for later[[note]]tank units needed both kinds since no good high explosive shell was available for the 17-pounder at that time, leaving it excellent against tanks but nearly useless against infantry or buildings, which was the forte of the regular Sherman tank guns[[/note]]. This lead the Firefly crews to do anything they could to ''hide'' their larger gun (e.g. using white paint to make it appear shorter) rather than try to emphasize it.