History behind Sherman Crab "AVALON" in Overloon, The Netherlands???
- Does anyone know the story behind the Sherman Crab named "AVALON"
displayed in the War museum in Overloon, The Netherlands??
Is this really the orginal registration and name of this Crab? Are
there any period shots of this specific Sherman in action? Does anyone
know how it ended up in the museum? Is this one of the vehicles that
were actually put out of action on the extact spot where the museum is
now or was it taken from somewhere else?
Alex van de Wetering, The Netherlands
p.s. I have allready contacted the museum, but no luck so far. I guess
that the people who would know the answer to the questions above are
no longer with the museum.
- --- In G104@yahoogroups.com, "alex_vandewetering" <Abarth_torino@...>
> Does anyone know the story behind the Sherman Crab named "AVALON"
> displayed in the War museum in Overloon, The Netherlands??
> p.s. I have allready contacted the museum, but no luck so far. IThats odd, I got a "Museumsparkführer" from ca. 1989 which says (in my
> that the people who would know the answer to the questions above are
> no longer with the museum.
translation from German):
"The mineclearing tank on display belonged to the British 79. Armoured
Division (22nd Dragoons) and took an active part in the last phase of
the battle at Overloon. It was later put out of action in Nordlimburg.
A German Panzerfaust fired from about 60 meters away penetrated the
steel armour at high velocity [sic]. Due the the intense heat, the
shells carried in the tank exploded."
Its been suggested that the tank was one of those left behind after the
battle for Blerick, near Venlo, which seems to fit with the Nord-
Limburg location mentioned.
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