A Sherman flail tank at Geilenkirchen, 1944
Photograph, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945), 1944.
The Sherman flail tank, designed by Major General Percy Hobart, was fitted with a 10-foot long spinning cylinder to which three-foot-long heavy chains were attached. As the tank crept forward, the chains were whipped around and slammed into the ground at a depth of several inches, detonating buried mines.
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