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This tank, nicknamed the "Donald Duck" tank, was an amphibious swimming tank developed by the British during the Second World War. The phrase is mostly used for the Duplex Drive variant of the M4 Sherman medium tank that was used by the Western Allies during and after the D-Day landings in 1944. The tank worked by erecting a flotation screen around the tank which enabled it to float and had a propeller powered by the tank's engine to drive them in the water! The DD tanks were one of the many specialised assault vehicles, collectively known as Hobart's Funnies devised to support the planned invasion of Europe. And very definitely not a lot of people know this one!!!

This was one of the five beaches of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944. Sword beach we visited last year, and this year Juno & Gold were on the list. Taking Juno was the responsibility of the 3rd Canadian Division and commandos of the Royal Marines all under the command of British I Corps with support from Naval Force J. The beach was defended by two battalions of the German 716th Infantry Division. Needless to say the Germans were eventually decimated.

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Pleneuf Val Andre is a commune in the Cotes-d'Armor department of Brittany in North Western France.

A delightfully picturesque harbour in the Pleneuf Val Andre locality.

Like the crested tit this is a passerine bird also a member of the Paridae family.

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See my previous comments on Panoramio re. this lake where my brother has his holiday home where we all descend every September for much hilarity!!!

See my previous Panoramio comments re. these Portsmouth Landmarks.


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