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    I am sure the photo in the paper showed a freshly dug up DD not a BARV, I have been searching for the article but can't find it.

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    Are you sure a Sherman DD? a Sherman BARV was recovered from Salisbury two years ago...
    I doubt he means the BARV that is quite well known and was never buried and I think was an ex Pounds vehicle. I cant understand why it should be held "for collateral" of any of the recent recoverys it is probably easiest to restore and very desirable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnwardle View Post
    I am sure the photo in the paper showed a freshly dug up DD not a BARV, I have been searching for the article but can't find it.
    It was a DD together with a couple of Churchills and a Cromwell, all turretless. It was hardly a couple of years ago though, more like late 1980s or early 1990s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo578 View Post
    I doubt he means the BARV that is quite well known and was never buried and I think was an ex Pounds vehicle. I cant understand why it should be held "for collateral" of any of the recent recoverys it is probably easiest to restore and very desirable.

    Steve
    The Tank Museum are in no position to restore vehicles from that condition.
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    Hello Adrian, This recent DD was definately uncovered in the past couple of years, at one of our MVT area meetings one of the members, who lives near Warminster brought in the previous weeks local paper with the article in it. The West Wilts area of the MVT has only been running for 4 years. The local paper was the Warminster Journal, which does not have archives on line

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    Sorry John, my mistake..... I'm surprised it did not feature in the MV press, a new DD sherman would be quite newsworthy, you would think.
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    Yes that is surpising, maybe the good people of the Warminster area thought it commonplace and did't think of passing the news on.

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    I live in the forest of dean and you can still go out in the woods and pickup ww2 bits mess tins/ bullits/ grenade tops/ a whole load of stuff and if you dig in a certain place in the forest its amazing what you can find

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnwardle View Post
    Re 'Jeeps in crates' I was under the impression that there were 2 main vehicle assembly parks in England in WW2, Ashchurhc & Tidworth, so I find it rather strange that Jeeps, Harleys etc. were delivered to units still in crates to be assembled and readied for use. I have also heard about the Jeeps buried in Taunton, but that was the one in Somerset. I do know that there is 2 Jeeps in a lake in Westbury where I live as they have been located by Bath sub aqua club. There are 2 stories as to how they ended up in the lake, one is that the US troops staioned in Westbury drove them in when returning from the pub, the other is that they were abandoned next to the lake and local youths pushed them in.
    Yes, the one in Somerset was the one I was thinking of. Who knows, it might even be true.
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    Have you all seen the Matilda II's and Grants at a scrapyard in Australia.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/heritag...n/photostream/

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