On the back of the tank is a plaque with explanatory text:
"Flail" (flail) tank of the 79th Armoured Division (1st Lothians & Border Horse), part of the 56nd (Lowland) Division. Used in the Allied landing of the Royal Marine Commandos on November 1th 1944 in Westkapelle.
Did come ashore from the landing boat LCT 737 (Bramble), flooded at high tide in the middel of the Zuidstraat in the night of November th to November 2nd 1944.
After the war, partly demolished - and saved as a monument. Placed on the Zeedijk in thanks and tribute to our liberators.
We ask you to honor this monument.
Besides this text there is also a technical description of this type of Sherman tank.
Sherman V (M4A4) equipped with a 75mm cannon and equipment to defuse mines. Powered by a 30 cylinder engine from USA-Chrysler with 425 hp.
Total weight: 40 tons.
Length 6 to 8 meters (incl. Flail).
Width 2.5 to 3 meters (including Flail).
3 meters height.
Besides the plaque with explanatory text, there is a text on a second plaque, here can be read that it was restored by students of the Business School of the Royal Schelde Group in Vlissingen.
By the Painters and Conserve Division of the Schelde Ship building and Transportation Division of the Royal Schelde Group.
Towing and transportation by Jac. Goud uit Waarde.
The necessary spare parts came from the collection of Mr P. Aalderson from Enschede. Documentation: Enschede municipal archives.
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