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Sherman Turret Bastogne

This Sherman turret was formerly located near the En Piconrue museum in the center of Bastogne, directly behind the war memorial. When exactly it was removed is unknown, but in 2021 it resurfaced on the Isle la Hessa in front of a hotel called Nuts Castle, not very far from the remains of another turret around Bastogne .

The markings on the turret have changed. At the old location, the name "Tonto" was painted on the turret. On the back was the text "37 Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, 1944-2004, Captain W. Dwight". When we visited the turret in 2022 it said "Nuts" and "Tiger, 10th Armd Div" on the right side and the divisional decal and name "Col. William L. Roberts" on the back.

Tiger is the division's nickname. Colonel Roberts was the commander of Combat Command B. They were the first troops to reach the city from allied lines on December 18, 1944.

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  • Text: Jeroen Koppes
  • Photos: Jeroen Koppes

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