Mk IV AVRE "One Charlie" at Graye-sur-Mer, near Juno Beach (original D-day vet.)
Churchill Mk IV AVRE "One Charlie" à Graye-sur-Mer, près de Juno Beach (char ayant débarqué le 6 juin 1944)
Photos taken on June 2, 2007 / Photos prises le 2 juin 2007
Churchill AVRE was lost during the landing on Juno Beach on June 6,
1944. It slipped in a crater filled with water when trying to put a
faggot in it. Then a bridge element was put on the roof of the tank.
and gradually, the crater was fulfilled. Then a concrete screed was
installed. In November 1976,
after some researches, the tank is found buried under the sand,
at the crossing of the Arromanches road and Avenue du
Général de Gaulle (100 meters far from its
current location). It was then restored by the French army
workshops in Caen and
unveiled as a memorial on 15 October 1977.
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