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Churchill tank hull recovered from the South Downs, Sussex

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The well known former range wreck Churchill tank that was buried, then unearthed, since lain abandoned covered in undergrowth  for years up on the South Downs has now been recovered by two Foden wreckers, ..it is apparently going to a museum to be put on display, don't know where yet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oja9nopz48&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR33go42sktDkoqJLfYgDt5rE2d857ftHTeUU3cmAmS7RWsc9x-Q8e3xo4o

Info below about the history of this Churchill tank

https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/77185/Remains-Churchill-MK2-Tank.htm

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Syncronised Fodens, powered by a brace of Eagles. A problem with items like that lying in accesable isolated places is they vanish without trace.

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What dreadful music at the start of the video. My opinion is that it should have remained where it was. What museum has it gone to ? It is very unlikely that this Churchill will be restored to static never mind running condition. Been there with one much better than this riddled corps.....

 

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58 minutes ago, Bob Grundy said:

What dreadful music at the start of the video. My opinion is that it should have remained where it was. What museum has it gone to ? It is very unlikely that this Churchill will be restored to static never mind running condition. Been there with one much better than this riddled corps.....

 

I very much agree ,  at least it was  'real'  living history ,  removal just makes the countryside less WW2 and more boring , all too green..

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how many people got to see it on the downs, much better to restore it and put it on display. it's also been slowly stripped of parts over the years, how much longer before there was a hull and nothing more!

 

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9 hours ago, john1950 said:

A problem with items like that lying in accessible isolated places is they vanish without trace.

It has now!

Begs the question, What museum?

 I walked the South downs Way a few years back now and must have been within half a mile of the tank hulk, didn't even know it was there

 

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This is crazy, it's been a popular landmark since it was unearthed years ago, you only have to see the path that has been created to the site to see how popular it is with walkers and explorers. Its totally thoughtless just to turn up and remove it, many thousands of people knew it was there, it was NOT just lost to history it was a historical landmark IN CONTEXT.

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It is on it's way to a French museum so it would seem. As it was a target for training for Dunkirk (not D-Day) it is being incorporated into a display of that period.

 

 

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1 hour ago, paul connor said:

As it was a target for training for Dunkirk (not D-Day)

I don't understand this. Unless I'm missing something [always possible 😊] I think your source has crossed wires here.

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I know am getting old but l thought the first Churchill tanks came into use after DUNKIRK

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32 minutes ago, Noel7 said:

I don't understand this. Unless I'm missing something [always possible 😊] I think your source has crossed wires here.

Paul probably means Dieppe not Dunkirk

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2 hours ago, paul connor said:

It is on it's way to a French museum so it would seem. As it was a target for training for Dunkirk (not D-Day) it is being incorporated into a display of that period.

 

 

The A22 Churchill was not even in service in 1940. The country did not train for the Dunkirk evacuation....

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so basically someone has bought it from the landowner and flogged it to someone else.  wish i'd have thought of that :)

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I find it amazing that we as a country are so keen to 'flog on' our history to make a few quid. What once was accessible to most for free, is now 'pay to view'

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Much is up in the air until the BREXIT situation dust settles , presently  - export to within the EU would apply.    It could be that the hulk has National Historical Significance , therefore a  Open General Export License  (OGEL) may be required -  full export or even a temporary  'loan'  ..   The new 'owners' may be in a race to get it across the English Channel.

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3 hours ago, Richard Farrant said:

That website is overdue for updating as many of those Churchills have moved on.

Moved on but hopefully still in existence and better still, in the UK. 

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1 hour ago, MatchFuzee said:

Moved on but hopefully still in existence and better still, in the UK. 

Not all of them are still here, one shown at Bovington, was restored, went to California, then moved again and resides in Queensland Australia.

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