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Thread: Denbies Covenanter Tank, Surrey - May/June 2017

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    Default Denbies Covenanter Tank, Surrey - May/June 2017


    It's not every day they dig up a WW2 tank next to your workplace.

    This is not an explore, and if this isn't worthy of a report let me know and I will stick the pics up in the general section. I just thought I'd post them up as some of you may find it interesting, and you can see it whenever you want if you are in the area.

    Back in May I had 3 very repetitive days where everyone who walked into brewery said "Oh did you know they are digging up a..." Yes I already know FFS!!! Roll on Sunday, H and I meet up with some mates for a drink and we take a wander up with the dog to see what the fuss is about. After grabbing a few pics the heavens opened so we scurried off to the pub again.

    Days later I was leaving work and to my amazement they were moving the tank with the smallest crane that I have ever seen. Ah well, they are taking it away. Thank Christ I can finally stop having the same chat with everyone. Next day I am driving in at 6am and it is still there, and the turret has been placed on top. It is still there if you are ever in the area and fancy a look.

    The Canadian Army, who buried this tank along with another, used the surrounding area for training. They used a fort based up at the top of the hill (demolished now) of what was once Denbies Farm before being bought and turned into a vineyard. They were based up at Headly Court, which now rehabilitates injured soldiers, and had a camp up at Dunley Hill - a small amount of which still stands today, Gromr123 did a report on it. The area is used for farm storage now and stinks of dung and silage (or it did the few times I have been) and a lot of the Nissen huts have been flattened. Sadly there is not a lot left now. They had a few rifle ranges near by too.

    This Covenanter tank excavation was part of a new series commissioned by History Channel and was dug up by WW2 enthusiast Rick Wedlock. It is one of two tanks buried on site by the Canadian Army, the other being dug up in the 70's.





    (Images from Denbies website)

    Some pics from after the excavation:











    And some early morning pics taken just after it was moved and the turret places on top:

























    Thanks for looking!

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    Pretty well knackered. I wonder if they will try and bring it back to its former glory. The Covenanter tank is a British tank according to the tank encyclopedia, but it was used mainly for training but did see battle in Belgium.
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    Interesting that Brewtal, great shots, Thanks
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    Wonder what will happen to it, will Bovingdon be interested in it. Nice work
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    Quote Originally Posted by night crawler View Post
    Wonder what will happen to it, will Bovingdon be interested in it. Nice work
    There's a Covenanter at Bovington. http://www.tankmuseum.org/museum-onl...bject-e1985-30
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    i've always heard rumours about kit that was buried when the forces returned after wwII but never actually seen anything to prove it to be true.

    there is an old RAF base around here that apparently has stuff buried, but i don't know if anyone has ever investigated the rumour.

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    Amazing photographs, well done, you've captured them well. It would be interesting to heaw what happenms next. In term sof burying kit, rumour has it that somewhere in the far east, the RAF buried brand new spitfires or hurricanes and this hit the news several years ago, but never heard anymore. Once again great report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clinka View Post
    Amazing photographs, well done, you've captured them well. It would be interesting to heaw what happenms next. In term sof burying kit, rumour has it that somewhere in the far east, the RAF buried brand new spitfires or hurricanes and this hit the news several years ago, but never heard anymore. Once again great report.
    Is that the one where they buried the crates of brand new ones that hadn't even been put together yet? Didn't they do a Time Team special on that or am I getting confused?

    I can't imagine this tank is economically restorable it looks a long way gone, but it's a great relic to see thanks Brewtal.

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    I believe it was Krela, but do not recall hearing anything else.

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    I think thats rather cool.

    Many thanks for that
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