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Irish guards sherman commander rams king tiger in france

Article about: Well worth a read! I only came across this on facebook because a photographer for a local newspaper posted it on his page. The man in question (sir John Gorman) only lived about 20 miles fro

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    Default Irish guards sherman commander rams king tiger in france

    Well worth a read! I only came across this on facebook because a photographer for a local newspaper posted it on his page. The man in question (sir John Gorman) only lived about 20 miles from me and this is the first time I've heard of this. Enjoy!

    Crazy Irishman: Rammed a Tiger II with his Sherman....then went off looking for a Firefly to make sure the Tiger wouldnt be going anywhere - WAR HISTORY ONLINE

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    Great read friend.

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    I agree with Steve. That was a great read!!!!
    Thanks
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    I wonder if they gave this man a medal, and if so, which one? Would almost merit a VC, I would think..
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    brave men !

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    Thank you for posting this.

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    Lt John Gorman was given the MC , there is a memorial to the incident just outside Cagny in Normandy . Interestingly there is a German version of this incident from one of the Tigers crew which differs from the British version !
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    It is a fantastic story isn't it. I was unaware of it until we stopped at the memorial on a battlefield tour, can't imagine what the Germans thought when they saw what hit them.

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    As i say the German version of the incident is different to the Sherman ramming the Tiger !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Thanks Tank Spotter for posting that pic. I've just read the first hand account in Sir John Gormans book "The time of my life" (page 39...it doesn't get pages and pages of coverage sadly). The "alternate ending" (German version of the incident...mentioned above) now intrigues me......presumably the Tiger travelled diagonally backwards into the M4?? I'd love to know both sides of the story.....

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