Sunday 27 February 2011

Big Picture : Sherman from Exercise Tiger

I recently found this old picture I took way back in 1990. Its an M4A1 DD (Duplex Drive) Sherman Tank on the breach front at Slapton Sands. It was recovered from the sea in November 1984 and now stands as a Memorial to all the men that lost their lives in the ill fated Exercise Tiger.  
I'd like to add that I don't normally climb all over war memorials but in my defence I didn't know that's what it was at the time. Since this picture was taken the Tank has been repainted with black anti-corrosive paint, and now has a memorial plaque dedicating the site to the 946 soldiers and sailors that died during the exercise.


  1. Good picture......back then we could climb on things my friend.

  2. Hiya, I love that tank. There's lots of info on the guy that found it and recovered it. He also uncovered the hidden secrets that the war dept covered up about the ill fated operation Tiger and all the problems that lead to the disaster. However, my reason for posting, was that the tank that lead to the uncovering and exposure of operation Tiger wasn't anything to do with it. This particular Sherman, fell off a transport ship some time earlier. Just one of those odd coincidences.


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