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The Vimoutiers Tiger - a history

Article about: by lebus12 On the first picture, it's me!(This picture is mine, but one time on the web, it's finished!) In the 60's-70's, I was every month in the Falaise pocket! Thank you Lebus for provid

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    in Trun, allways , 1979

    The Vimoutiers Tiger - a history
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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    It is a Lynx.
    Thanks Ade! - yes, a Panzer 2 Ausf. L ( Luchs ) so I was sort of close

    Seemingly, this is the "black Hand Luchs" and some people have done some research on it - see collage photo.

    The Vimoutiers Tiger - a history

    Not sure where it resides now?
    " I used to be indecisive but now I'm not quite sure "

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    Quote by lebus12 View Post
    in Trun, allways , 1979

    The Vimoutiers Tiger - a history
    Thanks Michel! .... what a great photo! THIS is a Panzer II Ausf. C - and here is a photo of it now.

    The Vimoutiers Tiger - a history

    It was rescued from the scrapyard in 1980 and can be found at the French Tank Museum in Saumur in the Loire Valley. Here is their write-up on it....

    This PzKpfw. II Ausf. C was rescued from a scrapyard from Trun, France in 1980. When the top coat of paint was removed during the restoration process it was discovered that it had the Divisional sign of the 2nd Panzer Division. This was probably it's original panzer unit. In 1944 it was transferred to the Sturm Panzer Abt 217 and was given a new tactical number "304". It was used as a command and observation vehicle. It has been restored with the correct paint for a Panzer II used during the invasion of France in May 1940 but it has the wrong tactical number on it from when it saw service in Normandy in 1944.
    " I used to be indecisive but now I'm not quite sure "

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    I can see I've slowly strayed from the original topic ...... do the Mods think a separate thread on the TRUN scrapyard and it's history and fate is warranted? ( as there is more information to be uploaded from me and I'm sure from others. )
    " I used to be indecisive but now I'm not quite sure "

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    Feel free Dan
    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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    Here it is at Saumur the last time i was there with a Tour Group in October 2019 !!



    The Vimoutiers Tiger - a historyThe Vimoutiers Tiger - a historyThe Vimoutiers Tiger - a history
    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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    Interesting to follow the "animal"...
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    Quote by Paul D View Post
    Feel free Dan
    tried to send you PM but your mailbox is full.
    " I used to be indecisive but now I'm not quite sure "

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    A new thread on Trun, would be very interesting indeed.

    So please lets see it starting soon.

    I'm sure there would be many "new" pictures from this once mighty Panzer "Graveyard".

    But getting back to the original thread, I'm sure that over the years, there are lots of unseen pictures of this Tiger in situ.

    Beautiful pictures

    And If I get my hands on the people who started taking it apart..

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    Quote by The Devil's Bank View Post
    I'm sure that over the years, there are lots of unseen pictures of this Tiger in situ.
    I agree. Just think of all the tourists who have taken pictures of their girlfriends or wifes or children posing with
    this Tiger.
    gregM
    Live to ride -- Ride to live

    I was addicted to the "Hokey-Pokey" but I've turned
    myself around.

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