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  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A thread for images of WW2* accidents, collapsing bridges etc. etc.

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    Beute KV-1.


    *Edit. I added a modern one as it made me smile. I'll try not to do it again.
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  2. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Archer of 241 Btty, 61st AT Regt (51st HD), skidded off the road, Ardennes, Jan 16th, 1945.
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

  4. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY


    H14327 - Object description
    Original wartime caption: "Churchill" Mk. IV Infantry tank being detrained.


    H14328 - Object description
    Original wartime caption: The result of a faulty guidance - a Churchill Mk. IV falls from a truck. The Royal Armoured Corps will soon have it on its truck again however.
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  5. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    October 1944. Sergeant Jackson's AVRE from 617 Assault Squadron, RE attempting to cross the bridge it had just laid across the Loobeek on the road between Overloon and Venray.


    The second shot is the same spot now.


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  6. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

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  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    "3 Squadron, 2IG in trouble, Normandy, 1944"

    2IG, Germany, 1945

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  8. Listy

    Listy Well-Known Member

    That's no AVRE, that's an Churchill AVLB, it looks like the CL40 bridge broke!

    Interestingly, if that's the place I think it is, it's mentioned in Forbes 6th Armoured book, when the locals went a bit mad, and filled the river with stones, to enable the lead troop to cross and continue pursuit of the Germans. IF you look to the right of the picture, you see a stone dam.
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  9. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    My head hurts, Bugger. para Arnhem2enh.jpg
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  10. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

  11. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Still from a piece of film. He survived (his landing).
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  12. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    "You're bloody for it when the M.T. Sarn't turns up !"

    CDF Crash 1936.jpg
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  13. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    One man's joy is another man's sorrow
    Soviet sappers erect a bridge over a Tiger I tank that broke the previous one. March 1944.
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  14. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    Simple plan to save time ….. drive off the ford into a deeper part of the stream, wash the mud off the carrier and reverse out:

    Didn’t quite go according to simple plan. Glum faces all round.
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  15. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Sadly don't have the pictures, but: during the war we lived in Wool, near Bovington Camp, HQ of the RTC. The branch railway to Bovy, as we calledit, had been dismantled before ww2 (not a good move) so the tanks had to come over the Frome bridge, which had only been built for horse drawn coaches. There was many a 'bugger' when the silly bugger driving the tank crashed through the wall of the bridge. I don't think any ended up in the river.
  16. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Soft road shoulder ....



    April 1945. Two tanks of the Fort Garry Horse became victim of the marshy peat ground in Paterswolde (a southern suburb of Groningen). The Firefly, in the foreground of the second picture, attempted to pull out the Sherman [or vice, versa], but suffered the same fate and also sank in the bog. The story went for years that one of the tanks never had been retrieved and sank entirely in the peat bog. With just a little digging, a fully intact Sherman tank would emerge [a false story!].
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  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Second and third shots are just crying out for model-making.
    Not only a really interesting M4, but those three recovery machines tell a tale in their own right.

    You do wonder if they just eventually said 'sod it'...
  18. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD


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    War Diary: 2nd Battalion Irish Guards, Jan - Dec 1945
    20 April 1945
    With the two Battalions based on SITTENSEN we pushed out a troop with a section of carriers under Duncan LAMPARD MC, to take the village of ELSDORF, a mile or so further down the autobahn.
    This force completed its task in record time despite a bridge collapsing behind them and mines in all the lanes.
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  19. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    Woulda coulda shoulda
    Biferno October 1943
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  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Took me a second on the phone screen.
    I laughed.
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