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 note ) that was quite capable of knocking out a Tiger Inote  or a Panther, and was actually just as powerful as 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 with illusion camoflauge ) rather than try to emphasize it like what Oddball did with his Shermans.
  • 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.
  • The assumption is that Kelly's crew deposit the stolen gold in Switzerland before either returning to their lines or hiding out for the rest of the war in Europe. The irony is that the gold would probably have ended up in a Swiss bank anyway. Why else would the Germans have stashed it in a French town so close to the Swiss border?