This force was based on an element of the 9th Armoured brigade on the Gothic line in Italy.
9th Armoured brigade (Sherman's) consisted of:
3rd (Kings Own) Hussars
Royal Wiltshire yeomanry
The Warwickshire Yeomanry
1 The Kings Royal rifle corps
The 9th Armoured brigade arrived in Italy after a refit in Palestine. Once they arrived in Italy it is believed they moved to the 50 - 54 series on a red background like most independent brigades and armoured divisions. Their unit sign is a horse on a green box. As a recognition of their work with the 2nd New Zealand Division in North Africa they could display a 6" white fern leaf on a black box above the tank names on the hull sides, but not all tanks did so.
The whole force of 15 Sherman's and a Hurricane IIB.
The HQ section,
side view of HQ,
Rear view of HQ, the unit symbol is a very basic attempt at freehand as I have been unable to locate a decal.
The 1st platoon.
The 1st platoon command tank, rear view.
The 2nd platoon.
The 3rd platoon.
The 4th platoon.
Rear view of the 4th platoon.
The Hurricane ( limited air support)
The tank camouflage also serves as a platoon identity mark, the HQ has a band across the turret, platoon 1 has a patch running up the turret from the deck, Platoon 2 has two patches on turret, platoon 3 has three patches on turret and the 4th platoon has a patch on turret and rear deck.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable project in both the research of the unit and camo patterns but most of all the painting.