A mighty monster reared from failure was essential in supporting Allied troops from D-Day all the way to the Rhine – yet several persistent myths surround its development. Craig Moore profiles the Churchill AVRE

On June 6, 1944, a collection of curious contraptions crashed onto Normandy’s beaches. The assembly of bizarre vehicles were bespoke solutions to a pressing problem – getting the first waves off the beach and quickly moving inland. Among them was the Churchill Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE)

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