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A General Grant Scorpion flail tank in a Sicilian street, 1943

Photograph by Major Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), World War Two, Sicily, 1943.

The mine flail was a tank-mounted device that made a safe path through a mine field by deliberately detonating mines in front of the vehicle with its chains. The General Grant was the British name given to the American-made M3 tank. A small number of Grant Scorpions were produced and several were used during the latter stages of the North African campaign and during the Allied invasion of Sicily.

From an album containing 241 photographs compiled by Major W H J Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).

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NAM. 1975-03-63-13-189


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