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  1. Educating myself via threads on this forum and elsewhere, I reckon this is an M4 (75). The only inconsistency is the rear plate, which lacks the cutaway associated with radial engined variants. Post war modification by another nation’s army perhaps? The plaque adjacent to the memorial states that the tank was “re-hashed” (sic) after the war. Possibly something lost in translation, or is this a tank with a history unrelated to the battle of Cassino, acquired to represent those that took part?
  2. OK, here I am in Cassino and I have the final piece of the jigsaw; please be patient and be prepared to refer back to the previously posted photographs and maps. Having visited the site, I am in no doubt that the ruined building which can be seen in the contemporary colour photos is the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, which stood on the corner of Via Gabriele D'Annunzio and Route 6, which is now named Corsa della Repubblica to the West of this location and Via Casalina to the East. A small memorial garden occupies the spot, where I found the plaque shown in the first photo; this depicts the Church from a viewpoint looking East; the second photo shows a very old drawing, depicting the view looking West. In 1944 the church was very close to the Eastern limit of the built up area of Cassino; I found another photo which confirms this (church visible lower centre). The fork in the road just to the East of Cassino is obscured in this photo but we know from the contemporary maps that it was there, and that the left fork as you look West, was the line of the old Route 6. From the aerial reconnaissance photo we know that the church stood close to, but not aligned with, this road. All of which leads me to conclude that my previous conclusion was accurate: i.e. that the location of the original photo of the POW’s and the Valentine bridgelayer is on the present day Via Casalita, a few metres East of the junction with Via Bari. Post-War development has made it impossible to fully re-create the shot but, for what it is worth, here I am standing on the very same spot as those German prisoners in 1944. Andy
  3. Spotted these yesterday at the Monastero Santa Maria dell'Albaneta, close to Monte Cassino. I suspect that these are US military surplus repurposed as farm vehicles rather than survivors of the battle but if anybody on here can add any more information, I would be interested to know.
  4. Spotted this tank yesterday, placed as a memorial in Cassino. I’m not a Sherman expert but something makes me think that it isn’t a genuine relic from the battles of Cassino. Can anybody more knowledgeable shed light on this?
  5. More than two years after this topic first piqued my interest, I’m off to Italy tomorrow for two weeks, including three days in Cassino, during which I hope to investigate further and hopefully stand on the same spot from which the original photo was taken. I’ll report back in due course....
  6. I (respectfully) beg to differ. Why use a mixture of standard and Roman numerals to refer to a date? Look closely and you will see that the numbers refer to inches: 21” x 14”. Simon Brown is correct, this is the usual way to mark the diameter and pitch of a propeller.
  7. I forgot to mention, when I drove past a couple of weeks ago there was also a very tidy Bedford QL in a yard a mile further up the road. It wasn’t there today though.
  8. I spotted what I believe to be an AEC Militant in a yard by the side of the road in Ingleton, North Yorkshire yesterday. Sorry, didn’t get a photo as I was riding past on a motorcycle but it is located on the left of the A65 (as you head NW), just before the Co-op filling station. I believe the business is called “Brian’s used Tractors” and pretty much everything there appears to be for sale, so maybe worth a call if you fancy saving it. I wasn’t able to assess condition but the cab roof is definitely missing.
  9. mtskull

    DO 17 raising

    The point is that the existing partial examples of the Hampden, Brigand, Wallace etc. are not under threat; whatever components they lack can be added in the future as and when resources permit, whereas the Dornier would not have had a future if it had been left where it was. At risk of repetition, this is the last example of a highly historically significant type. That is what justifies the effort and expense of its recovery and conservation.
  10. mtskull

    DO 17 raising

    It is the only example of the Do 17 known to exist. Of course it was (and is) a worthwhile project.
  11. Here is the very first part of Rule 185: ”Give priority to traffic approaching from your right unless directed otherwise by signs, road markings or traffic lights”. In the case you mention, the “boy racers” would be not necessarily be contravening Rule 185 but they would certainly be contravening the part of Rule 167 which states: ”Do not overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users”, particularly the example: “when you would force another road user to swerve or slow down”.
  12. There is no previous repair or patch, what you can see towards the middle of the photo is some tape covering the drain plug hole. The damage is confined to a handful of pinholes within the rusty strip (the way the tank was mounted couldn't have been better designed to trap water). I have since cleaned it up with a wire brush and it isn't actually too bad, so I am optimistic. I won't be soldering for a few weeks though, as the tank is currently standing on its end.in a molasses bath to remove all the remaining rust. Andy
  13. Thanks Jon. Being a dab hand with the MIG, this would normally have been my first thought (once the issue of purging had been overcome).l In this case the complication is the proximity of the damaged area to the riveted and soldered end seam; in order to weld to clean metal it would first be necessary to drill out a large number of rivets, unsolder the seam, take the tank end out and then remove all traces of solder adjacent to the area that's going to be patched. After patching, rivet the end back in and re-solder, then repeat the operation at the other end..... As it looks as if am going to be sealing with solder come what may, I think I'll give all the drilling, cutting, welding and riveting a miss. In the end, if for some reason a soldered repair isn't successful, then I'll be no worse off than I am now and it will be time to let the professionals look at it. Andy
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