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#41 Ken Estes

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 1114 AM

The LVTH-6 could only carry half its stowage of 105mm ammunition while afloat.  I never saw such a comment for the 75mm armored amphibians, so published amounts must work for afloat ops as well, 75mm ammo being quite a bit lighter.


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#42 Chris Werb

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 1259 PM

Doug, that was really interesting. They merged with another unit in 1956 and the merged unit still exists - now mounted on Bushmasters.. Their old base is now a holiday camp/events venue all though there is still a Reserve presence in the Newcastle area.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 1321 PM

Apparently there were enough left over LVTs in Britain to dig them in beaches post-war:

 

https://www.southhol...-crowland-1947/


Edited by RETAC21, 17 February 2018 - 1322 PM.

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 1328 PM

Apparently there were enough left over LVTs in Britain to dig them in beaches post-war:

 

https://www.southhol...-crowland-1947/

That was to protect a dyke that breached post war during a large flood.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 1745 PM

There were hundreds available, almost all around the world. 

 

 

Even the ‘local disposal” option of junking amtracs and tanks gave headaches to the headquarters staff.  For example, the Corps sold two lots of unserviceable LVTs, 177 and 128 in number, to the Maui Boat and Yacht Club for the purpose of building a breakwater. Upon the failure to get approval of authorities for placing them in the sea, they attempted to resell them and then sold what little remained aboard them as salvage parts: seats, compasses, winches, radios, armor plate and a few engines. Most of these last were old aircraft type radial engines but a few twin Cadillacs came with the lots. The club paid $1.00 per vehicle and realized  about $14,000 gross sales from the salvage. The resulting investigation recommended tightened handling of the contracts. 

 


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 2019 PM

Good old Yankee trading, even in the territories. :P
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 2034 PM

There's carriers buried in a berm up in Canada on a University campus. A friends' carrier came out of one of those berms. It was easy to locate one of them because the grounds keeper knew precisely where the first one was because there was one bit of one sticking up that he had to keep mowing around. 


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#48 Chris Werb

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Posted Yesterday, 07:44 AM

I have been trying to find an early post war pic I saw of the construction of a large building in Manchester. The foundations were a hole filled with dozens of welded Sherman hulls. There are lots of buried tanks on Salisbury plain. Periodically they used to dig them up and reinstate them as hard targets.
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Posted Yesterday, 08:11 AM

I read somewhere that he first tank 'Mother' is buried somewhere on Salisbury plain, if it hasnt rotted out by now. Chalk doesnt seem to have a beneficial effect on steel.

 

Down our way, they didnt use anything as exotic as LVT's to build berms. Instead, they used ships. Some of them were concrete barges, and so remain in fairly good condition.

 

http://www.friendsof...thevessels.html


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Posted Yesterday, 08:57 AM

I figured all those AFVs had been melted down and recycled.
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Posted Yesterday, 10:51 AM

35 pages of discussion on buried and abandoned tanks, mostly in the UK

 

http://hmvf.co.uk/to...bandoned-tanks/


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Posted Yesterday, 11:01 AM

Good thread.

 

There was a documentary I listed on the AFV thread where they found a Covernantor Tank burried on a training range originally used by the Canadians and the Home Guard in Kent. One side had been badly eroded by mortar bombs and possibly Piats, but the other side was still intact. Last I read Its going for restoration, where it will become a third running example of the type, the second of which I gather was unearthed from the same site.

 

https://www.mirror.c...ar-two-10513558


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Posted Yesterday, 12:28 PM

Those are in the thread I posted too :)


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Posted Today, 01:13 AM

Is it? I'd suspect that Iceland being quite a bit more northerly would be bloody cold in comparison.

 

Yeah, it was 68F on the morning of 19 Feburary, 1945 at Iwo Jima; the average temperature in Southern Iceland in Feburary is 37F (high!)

Speaking of which...73 years now, today.


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