Sherman Tank in south Devon


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Mar 13, 2010
East Charleton, near Kingsbridge, south Devon (UK)
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Late in 1943 several villages around the Slapton Ley area of south Devon were evacuated so that American soldiers could practice under live fire for the D day invasion planned for June 1944.
Part of the equipment to be used consisted of Sherman tanks modified to be launched some way off shore and then be self propelled towards the beach.
This one sank some 0.5 miles off Slapton Sands during training. On the night of 28th April 1944 during an exercise to land men on the shore from landing craft they were intercepted by E-boats and some 900 men lost their lives, more indeed than on the first day of D day.
This was kept secret for many years although rumours abounded even when I was a child.
In 1984 a local hotelier investigated what was snagging the nets of fishermen off shore and found this tank. He recovered it with floatation devices and when it was finally beached it actually was pulled up the beach with it's own tracks still rotating after 40 years under water.
It is now displayed as a memorial to the men who trained at Slapton and those who lost there lives here.
All photographs taken with a Panasonic GF1 with 20mm, f/1.7 lens, uncropped and the raw files were post processed in Bibble Pro 5.

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This shot shows the bevel gears that drove the propellers (removed for reasons of safety), did you guys know there were tanks fitted with propellers!!


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