Canadian World War II tank found in Dutch Bog

Here is an article from RTV Noord about a Canadian WWII era tank found buried in a bog.  This was translated with google translate, the original article is in Dutch.  It is not clear if the tank in the picture is the one that is believed to be buried in the bog, although the article does identify it as a Canadian Sherman tank.

It seems unlikely, but it’s true. Near the Paterswoldsemeer has found a Canadian Sherman tank from World War II.

No one has seen the tank in the last 71 years, but he’s probably still in good condition. In the summer of 1945, the road tank was hit and sunk in the bog. And there, five meters below the ground state ‘ie still.

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tank in the ground at the end of the Reigerlaan, when Paterswoldsemeer. He has since sunk during an illegal business out in that particular summer.

A resident of the Reigerlaan wanted to sail with his motor boat and exchanged with Canadian soldiers a liter of gin against 100 liters of gasoline.

But Canadians reason Reigerlaan with a whole Sherman tank of thirty tons, which sank immediately at the end of the road in the foreground. A second tank, which was pulling the other got stuck. A third tank succeeded in the end in order to pull the second tank of a great distance and solid ground, but the first tank was then too far into the ground.

The case recently came to light because the house where the tank is located under the ramp, has been sold and will be demolished to make way for new construction. By passing the act the story went around singing and got amateur historian Sietse Dunning air of the story. He then followed the track back.

The soil at the Paterswoldsemeer consists of peat. Beware depth of five meters is a layer of sand. Research with ground radar and metal detectors with the help of an archaeological research has now shown that the tank still is.

Half a million
a restored Sherman tank is between 250,000 and 500,000 euros worth. Because the tank is worth so much, Dunning who has also chosen as the official owner. That turns out to be the municipality of Tynaarlo, because the tank lies just a few meters on the ‘wrong side’ of the border.

What is going to happen to the tank is unclear, but according to Dunning would be nice to lift the tank and use it as a monument. The two provinces-point, at the corner of the Groningerweg and Meerweg, according to him a nice option.


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