Fridge: Kelly's Heroes

  • Oddball explains that his crews have fitted pipes to their tanks to make their undergunned Shermans seem more menacingnote . 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 Tigernote  or a Panther, and was actually more powerful than the famous 88mm Tiger cannon or the 75mm gun used by the Panthernote . 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 laternote . 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.
  • What would happen to the German tankmen if they get caught, whether by Allies or Germans? They deserted from the German military—and deserting from the SS is bound to be treated harshly. Since they are wearing US tankmen's uniforms they traded for from Oddball's crew, they can be shot as spies if they are caught by Allies.