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Hobarts Funnies were a number of unusually modified tanks operated by the 79th

Hobarts Funnies were a number of unusually modified tanks operated by the 79th


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Hobarts Funnies were a number of unusually modified tanks operated by the 79th

Hobarts Funnies were a number of unusually modified tanks operated by the 79th Armoured Division and the Royal Engineers. These specialized tanks were developed under the guidance of Major General Percy Hobart to overcome the problems of the planned Invasion of Normandy. They played a major part on the Commonwealth beaches during the landings and are wthe forerunners of the modern combat engineering vehicles we see on todays battlefield. Our picture shows: A Churchill tank fitted with a Bullshorn Plough: A mine plough intended to excavate the ground in front of the tank, to expose and make harmless any land mines

Staff Artist
Daily Mirror
Mirropix
London
Greater London
England

Media ID 21728119

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Hobart's Funnies - Pioneering the Battlefield of Innovation

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. Step back in time to witness a remarkable moment in military history captured by our talented Staff Artist. This print showcases one of Major General Percy Hobart's ingenious creations - the Churchill tank fitted with a Bullshorn Plough. During the tumultuous days of World War II, as plans for the Invasion of Normandy were being meticulously crafted, Hobart recognized the need for specialized tanks that could overcome daunting obstacles on the battlefield. The 79th Armoured Division and Royal Engineers collaborated under his guidance to develop these extraordinary machines known as "Hobart's Funnies". Our picture transports you to those fateful moments on Commonwealth beaches during Operation Overlord. The modified Churchill tank equipped with a Bullshorn Plough takes center stage, its purpose clear - to excavate and neutralize hidden landmines lurking beneath the surface. These pioneering vehicles paved the way for modern combat engineering vehicles we see today on battlefields worldwide. Their innovative designs revolutionized warfare tactics and saved countless lives during World War II. As you gaze upon this snapshot from history, let it serve as a reminder of human ingenuity amidst adversity. Let us honor those brave soldiers who fearlessly operated these unconventional tanks, forever etching their names into military lore.

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