(See my other WWII posts) – I came across the article “The Bunker Buster, Crocodile and the Crab: ‘Hobart’s Funnies’ – weird and wonderful tanks that played a vital role in the D-Day landings” today and thought that it was worth sharing. I had read about some these tanks before, but this article brought others to light.
A number of specialty tanks were developed specifically for the D-Day landing. These were developed under the direction of Sir Percy Hobart. Hobart was well known for unconventional thinking as well as for both asking for and accepting advice from anyone. Hobart was promoted to the rank of Major General at the beginning of WWII and was responsible for forming the unconventional Desert Rats in North Africa. Later in the war, Winston Churchill appointed Hobart to the training of British Armoured Divisions. In 1943 Hobart was tasked with converting the 79th Armoured Division into a unit of specialized armor in preparation for D-Day.
Among these tanks were the:
The Crocodile – flame thrower tank
The Crab – flailing chains to clear mines
(No image) The Bunker Buster – spigot mortar for demolition
The DD – amphibious tank with dual drives
The Bobbin – laid a carpet allowing conventional vehicles to follow
Examples of these are currently featured at the Bovington Tank Museum in the UK.
If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest.
The “World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 300 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.