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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2013 6:43 a.m. PST

It just makes me go "aaaaaaaaaarrrrghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Perhaps it's just me.


Texas Jack24 May 2013 6:53 a.m. PST

Itīs kind of like the article on the HMS Caroline, the last WWI battleship in existence. And then there was that great article about the famous German blimp, Hindenburg. grin

Still, 5,000 pounds isnīt a bad price!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2013 6:55 a.m. PST

What makes it even worse is – it's just a replica.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member24 May 2013 7:24 a.m. PST

Wow, I thought "journalism" here in the states had gotten bad.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member24 May 2013 7:30 a.m. PST

To get so much right and STILL call it a tank……

The auction


Which did get it right.

Though offhand never heard of hem called 'Helgas' before.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2013 7:39 a.m. PST

There was a heck of a hint in the story :

"describes the vehicle as…built on a 110 Land Rover chassis"

It's a fun piece of logic –

"This is a Land Rover with a funny superstructure. A land Rover is a car. So this is a……tank."

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2013 8:43 a.m. PST

It's just a bit of sensationalism. It has an apparent "turret" structure on top with a "big" gun barrel sticking out of it and it's covered in armor, so your average non-military non-history buff will look at it and say, "that's a tank," even though it's not technically a tank.

Frankly, it's harmless as a piece of journalism.

And it could have been worse— they could have called it a Tiger.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2013 9:08 a.m. PST

Wow, I thought "journalism" here in the states had gotten bad.

Sorry old boy, we British don't call the paper "The Daily Fail" for nothing…..

BTW In the 1930's it was nicknamed "The Daily Heil" – it's politics have not changed much in the past 80 years…

stenicplus Inactive Member24 May 2013 2:35 p.m. PST

Gotta love that Leicestershire police ebay id does exactly what it says on the tin!

First thought would always be "yeah,right!"

14Bore24 May 2013 3:15 p.m. PST

Journalists will do anything to sell a story.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2013 4:50 p.m. PST

Somebody expected factual reporting rather than a massively slanted attempt at an opinion piece ?

I do love the way they use the word nazi in such a fetishistic manner.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member24 May 2013 5:51 p.m. PST

You have to admit it looks nice though.

Guinny Inactive Member25 May 2013 3:18 a.m. PST

I don't understand why this is news now. It also appeared in a local (Nottingham) newspaper yesterday, when he vehicle itself was actually sold in January.

I posted it on my FB page while the auction was active, suggesting that maybe I should have a company car… I was also told at the time that it belonged to some from a reenactment group that wasn't likely to need it for the next 13 years or so…

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2013 3:14 p.m. PST

The name 'Helga' comes from the sitcom "Allo Allo". Lieutenant Gruber called his 'little tank' Helga which was actually one of these.

I don't know how someone got confused and thought it was a generic name for them though!

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 May 2013 9:45 p.m. PST

One of the commenters informs us that

It's a WWII British Scout Car with mounted gun turret, used towards the end of the war

GeoffQRF Inactive Member04 Jun 2013 6:25 a.m. PST

What is more interesting is to go to the Ebay auction and see what the seller (Leics Police) also has on offer, including DVDs, bikes, golf clubs and a few toy soldiers…

Careful though, they do have some negative feedback…


Last Hussar06 Jun 2013 3:36 p.m. PST

Given there is actually no such thing as a 'tank', why not? It is merely a nickname from the cover story.

What is a 'tank'?

It comes to something when I play devil's advocate for "The Daily Mail (the paper that supported Hitler"

CooperSteveOnTheLaptop Inactive Member07 Jun 2013 1:14 a.m. PST

It comes with a 'canon' too. For the WII vehicle nut's spiritual needs?

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