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HOBART’S FUNNIES

Wednesday 15 January 2003

The raid on Dieppe in august 1942 gave the British a hard lesson. They realised that it was impossible to land on a beach held by the enemy without a firm back up from armoured vehicules. Major General Hobart was given the job of developping special tanks to overcome beach defenses.
Their bizar appearance led them to be babtised the Hobart Funnies. The Americans held them in contempt and only used the DD (duplex drive) amphibious tank, which in view of the weather conditions on D day were practically useless.
SHERMAN CRAB

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SHERMAN CRAB

The flails turning infront of the tank and striking the ground set off mines with out damaging the tank.
BOBBIN TANK

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BOBBIN TANK

The bobbin tank had a steel mesh rolled on a large bobbin. It would unroll the mesh across soft sand to make a way of the beach.
FASCINE
The fascine carried a pile of logs to fil in ditches.
BRIDGE CARRYING TANK

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CHURCHILL BRIDGE CARRIER

The churchill tank held a 30ft length of bridge attached to it’s front.
CROCODILE

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CROCODILE

A flame thrower mounted on the turret could lance a flame of napalm 150 yds. The trilor held 1800l of Napalm.
ARMOURED VEHICULE RECOVERY

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AVRE RECOVERY VEHICULE

The jib at the front was used to recuperate turrets of of damaged tanks. The rear winch for towing broken down tanks.
ARC Mark II

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ARC Mark II

A tank with no turret carrying ramps to clear anti tank walls.

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