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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 1:00 p.m. PST

…by Author Gary Sterne.

"There had been a year of uncertainty, but now the fate of WW2 German Army King Tiger No. 124 has finally been decided by the French Government and it is coming to Normandy….

After a struggle between a local re-enactment group and the local Council, author & historian Gary Sterne the owner of the Maisy Batteries in Grandcamp-Maisy, Normandy – the regional Governor of Yvelines has now confirmed (for the second time) that the tank must have a new home.

The location of the Tiger II (lost in combat in August 1944) had been known about for the last 17 years as it is located was under a road near Paris – but there were objections to it being recovered. Negotiations had taken place with the German Government and the French Ministry of Defence for over 4 years and in 2017 the Regional Governor –Prefet Serg Morvan gave his permission for the tank to be recovered…."


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Legion 425 May 2018 2:38 p.m. PST

Certainly would like to see that in an appropriate museum setting, etc., …

I don't think anyone in their right mind would try to "glorify" it. Save for the likes Neo-Nazi types, etc. But it is a piece of history and should be restored, studied, etc. We cannot forget our history …

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 2:40 p.m. PST


Major Mike25 May 2018 2:42 p.m. PST

I do believe there is one located in a ravine in Belgium between La Glieze and Spa. Some day I'd like to travel there and try to find it.

jdginaz25 May 2018 6:01 p.m. PST

It's location has been known for more that 17 years, I was told about it i the early '90s.

goragrad25 May 2018 7:35 p.m. PST

One wonders how much they will do to prepare it for exhibition – the pictures of the turret show only a partial shell.

The article also noted that the gun was removed during the war – presumably scrapped by now.

On another note, what is up with the French passing a law against private individuals owning items of this sort???

Legion 426 May 2018 6:15 a.m. PST

You mean owning items like Tanks ? Well I'm pretty sure the French may have some strict gun control laws. So owning a Heavy WWII Tank that is "functioning" or not … may upset some. huh?

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Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2018 7:42 a.m. PST

Britan has strict gun control laws as well, but private individuals are still free to own tanks. As long as the guns don't work, of course!

We tend to look upon such people as colourful eccentrics.

A French Government minister, whose name I have forgotten, said something disparaging a couple of years ago about "Anglo individualism". Apparently it's a Bad Thing! He was clearly not a fan of eccentrics….

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2018 11:13 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed the news boys!.


Fred Cartwright26 May 2018 11:16 a.m. PST

No one does eccenticisim like the Brits. Other countries have odd people, but they are weird odd, or scary odd. We do lovable eccentrics well.

EnemyAce26 May 2018 1:59 p.m. PST

For me, the big news there is that someone just painted over the already-salvaged turret's original camo with bright yellow paint just recently! Pretty shocking and stupid.

Legion 427 May 2018 7:23 a.m. PST

Yeah … that is stupid … Like the T-34/85 somewhere in the UK parked on a street painted in hot pink, IIRC … frown

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