Tanks inTown

Adrian Blake and his son George went to Belgium to watch the annual Tanks in Town commemoration

A Leopard MBT
The convoy is mostly made up of US vehicles

The Belgian town of Mons lies 46 miles south-west of Brussels and about a two-hour drive from Calais. It lays claim to three sad events in World War One; the deaths of the first and last British soldiers and the final death, a Canadian in the same conflict.

In World War Two it was to see action again, being liberated on September 1, 1944 by US troops. To commemorate the liberation, every year the area throws its roads and main square open to the clattering of olive drab monsters once again.

The weekend is built around a collection of World War Two vehicles (mostly US) which travel between various event locations and culminates in the historic town square of Mons. Bringing some structure to the event is a collection of hi-viz clad volunteers on motorcycles who marshal all road movements with the help of the local police.

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