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Preservation of a famous tank - Holy Roller


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maiingun #1 Posted Aug 16 2017 - 04:25

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One of only two known Canadian tanks that landed on D-Day and survived until the end of the war.  

 

Also, this from the newspaper article:

"“It went farther than anyone else that day (D-Day) — 10 miles inland,” said Lt.-Col. Joe Murray, president of the London First Hussars Association. “The boys from London and Sarnia and . . . across the country, but . . . mainly from Southwestern Ontario, were literally the tip of the spear for the free world.”"

 

 

http://www.lfpress.c...-for-inspection

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http://london.ctvnew...?clipId=1188140

 

 also, and article from a few years ago, about the original gunner for the Holy Roller

 

http://www.lfpress.c...-moved-to-tears

 

 

 

    

 

 


Edited by maiingun, Aug 16 2017 - 04:29.


Themutt36 #2 Posted Aug 16 2017 - 05:48

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Nice! Thank you!

The_Chieftain #3 Posted Aug 16 2017 - 17:02

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Ooof. She's not in the greatest of shape, is she? Still, good she was kept.

maiingun #4 Posted Aug 16 2017 - 23:11

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Aug 16 2017 - 11:02, said:

Ooof. She's not in the greatest of shape, is she? Still, good she was kept.

 

I know right.   Something many of us have long complained about.   Thanks for noticing.    According to local lore, the process of saving her was difficult, and may have involved some members of the army actually breaking orders.   If this was an American or a Russian tank, it would of been a national historic monument by now, with movies made about it

 

If ever the people at WG wanted to ever do a one of a kind, special edition Canadian tank in the premium line, here's the perfect candidate.  I mean, we have a Polish tank right now, and this one is more legendary.   Farthest Allied tank inland at the end of D-Day, and one of the very few tanks of any nation to survive D-Day to VE-Day?  You just cannot make that up.   Seriously, I can see the WOT players in Canada spending money on that.  Pass it along if you can.  :)

 



Ie_Shima #5 Posted Aug 31 2017 - 19:12

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Aug 16 2017 - 17:02, said:

Ooof. She's not in the greatest of shape, is she? Still, good she was kept.

 

​As much as I hate to say it, most monument tanks like Holly Roller probably have the same interior problems.  They aren't opened up all to often, and here in the States they are often welded shut prior to being parked.  I know that the M60A3 at my local legion post hasn't been opened since they put her there about 20 years ago.  The M113 next to her is most likely in even worse shape, she's been there since the 70's.  




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