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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Strange Tanks Of D-Day

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Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy during World War II, a/k/a "D-Day."  The BBC has an interesting article on some of the unusual equipment that went ashore that day, and the inventive man behind them.  Although I was aware of Sherman tanks modified to "swim" or clear land mines, I did not know that they, along with some other tank variations, originated out of the mind of one man. 

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