A Sherman of 3rd County of Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) damaged after hitting a mine, 1943
Photograph by Major Wilfred Herbert James Sale, MC, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), World War Two, Italy, 1943.
Two members of the regiment sit on their tank which has lost a caterpillar track after driving over an anti-tank mine. As the Germans retreated in Italy they laid millions of mines as part of their defensive strategy. The latter took a heavy toll on Allied tanks and by 1945 the US Army recorded that mines were responsible for over 20 per cent of tank losses.
From an album containing 242 photographs compiled by Major W H J Sale, MC, 3rd/4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters).
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