Tanks in Town

Tim Gosling travelled to Belgium to see the famous ‘Tanks in Town’ event which takes place each year around the city of Mons

This cast hull Sherman M4A1 is fitted with rubber pad tracks which do not damage the road surface

It gave me a great sense of excitement watching the drivers negotiate the narrow roads’

Fortunately the Leopard Bergepanzer was not required for recovering any broken down tracked vehicles
The Swiss-built Panzer 68 was introduced in 1968 but retired shortly after 2000
Not really designed for driving on narrow roads, negotiating some of the corners must have been challenging for the driver of this DUKW
This GMC CCKW 353 has been fitted with outer front wheels. Ideal for muddy conditions but it must make the steering a little heavy
Leading the armoured vehicles, the M5A1 Stuart ‘Fish and Chips’ arrives at Cuesmes

On September 2, 1944 a group of US army vehicles from the 83rd Reconnaissance Battalion of the 3rd US Armoured Division entered the Belgian city of Mons.

In doing so, not only was this historic city liberated but also the fate of what would become known ‘Mons pocket’ was sealed and the ultimate surrender of approximately 25,000 surrounded German troops as well as a large number of fighting vehicles and motor transport.

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