Thursday, August 04, 2016

Tanks A Lot

Andy | Thursday, August 04, 2016 | | Best Blogger Tips
The Holy Roller, a permanently mounted Sherman tank, stands tribute to the Canadian WWII effort and to the 700 men of the First Hussars regiment.
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The tank is thought to be the only one of its kind to survive the North-West Europe Campaign from D-Day to VE Day. It currently sits as a memorial tribute at Victoria Park in London, Ontario.

16 comments:

  1. What a great memorial, looks like that lad did what I did when I was his age

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  2. It is good to remember they are used for our freedom with lots of losses of brave men far from home.

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  3. It's a bit confusing London Ontario with the real London but you can't deny its a real tank and a surviver of a very ugly struggle in the past.

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  4. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
    Isaiah 2:3–4

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  5. Not so many years ago that young man would have been inside the tank riding into battle. It's so nice to see him sitting peacefully atop this instrument of death with the knowledge that for now, at least, we are not involved in a world war. Love the photos, Andy!

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  6. It certainly is HUGE! I see it makes a good place to sit and take in the view.

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  7. Andy, like your title and your photos. The Sherman had only two advantages over their German rivals. They could turn faster, and out run them, but in every other way they were out gunned. They made up for their technical failings by being more numerous and being manned by courageous, well trained crews. This example is certainly is a survivor and deserves a place of honor and respect in the park.

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  8. I wonder how many computers it has ;-) That is one substantial contraption.

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  9. I saw a tank on a side street near Yonge & Davisville yesterday. I think they were going to use it in a film but it was still a shock to come around the corner and see it!

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  10. They're magnificent tanks. The War Museum has some Shermans, including one that served through the Normandy campaign- I imagine it was from another armoured division.

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  11. What an awesome sight, and one that makes me think of the sacrifices of those men.

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  12. There are also a few tanks in the North York cemetery in Toronto. I always found them an odd sight.
    Sad that we still need such memorials.

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  13. A behemoth compared to one I see in front of a nearby VFW hall. I think it must be from WWI--very small.

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