Public Tanks

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by von Poop, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Reading in Fletcher's recent books on British Tanks that post-bellum the national War Savings Committee nominated 265 communities, training establishments etc. to receive a tank in England alone.
    Most were accepted, all delivered from Bovington, largely females unless to gunnery training or manufactory places, who got males.

    Delivered by rail, driven to the display place, officer gives a speech about its history (fictitious!), disabled mechanically & there's yer tank.

    The sad thing is, it seems the Ashford one and Whale Island's infamous 'HMS Excellent' were almost all that were still there by the Second war.
    I don't blame the people of the 20s and 30s for clearing away this rusty old rubbish, but it might have been nice to be a country known for a couple of hundred old tanks decorating its towns and villages :).
    (There would definitely be a Lyke Wake or Three Peaks sort of challenge to visit them all too...)
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  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

    I wouldn't want it parked on my street for more than a couple of hours either. Guy seems like an arrogant jerk to me. He should put it in his own yard.
  4. Sapper D.

    Sapper D. Member

    Could you let me know where this is please?
    Going to the forest later this year and fancy a visit, you see!
  5. Sapper D.

    Sapper D. Member

    T-34 @ Schaarsbergen WW@ museum - Netherlands.

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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

  7. Sapper D.

    Sapper D. Member

    JUNO Beach - AVRE

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  8. Sapper D.

    Sapper D. Member

    Thanks TD!
  9. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    This one is still on my list to visit ... a LVT Buffalo of the 4th Royal Tank Regiment (former 144 Regt RAC/33 Armoured Brigade) on display next to the E314 highway at Kotem near Maasmechelen (Belgium).

    The Buffalo was lost on 5 March 1945 on the Meuse River, probably during one of the many exercises in preparation for the Rhine Crossing in which the former Sherman tank crews familiarized themselves with their new equipment. While afloat, it hit a sharp object which tore a large hole in the bottom of the vehicle. Only two of the four crew members managed to save themselves from the ice-cold swirling river. The other two drowned. The body of the driver, Trooper Philip Harding, was found some weeks later along the Meuse River bank, he is buried at the Kruisveldhof Cemetery in Hasselt; the body of the other crew member, Trooper Stanley Clark, who was the gunner, was never found, his name is mentioned on the Wall of Missing at the Groesbeek War Cemetery.

    001 HARDING PE 14336635 05/03/1945 4TH ROYAL TANK REGIMENT, R.A.C. ROW B. GRAVE 14.
    002 CLARK S 3864432 05/03/1945 4TH ROYAL TANK REGIMENT, R.A.C. PANEL 1.



    The vehicle was recovered from the Meuse river in 1977 and put on display; it underwent a thorough renovation in 2007. More about the story of the LVT: LVT Buffalo - Oorlog in Limburg

    On 21 March 1945 the LVTs of the 4th Royal Tanks were transported forward towards the Rhineland in preparation for crossing the Rhine River (IWM).

    See for more info on the role played by the LVTs and 4th Royal Tanks during the Rhine Crossing : RHINE CROSSING 1945: The Rees bridgehead (30 Corps in operation 'Turnscrew')
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