The US Sherman tank is as deployed by the 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade in the Italian Campaign in 1944. The Brigade was formed in October 1942 and before moving up to Italy, had seen action in Greece, Crete and in North Africa. Arriving in Italy in October 1943, the Brigade now included the 18th Armoured Regiment as well. The regiment had over 50 Sherman tanks in both turret and unturreted configurations. Note that our model has the addition of a rear turret box for this release. The New Zealand brigade was engaged in both central Italy and the Adriatic coast, including the Battle of Monte Cassino.
Decorated in the dark brown and olive green camouflage scheme, with red and white military graphics and black caterpillar tracks, a tiny detail sees the New Zealand fern in black and white on both the front and rear lower body