Unusually Crossing The English Channel

Unusually Crossing The English Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Crossing the English Channel in a Sherman DD tank had to be an unusual experience.

Not many made of the tanks made it across the English Channel, but those that did participated in the Normandy landings in 1944.

The tanks had 36 rubber air tubes were inflated in 15 minutes and served as flotation around the tank.

A propeller powered by the tank’s engine propelled the assault vehicle through the water. The air tubes were deflated when the tank reached a depth of 5 feet or less, enabling it to serve as a normal tank.

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