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Two tanks and a trac
« on: July 26, 2020, 09:54:36 am »
No patience trying to stitch this film clip into another panorama and poor resolution but maybe good enough. Anyone know what tanks they are and what location this is? Doesn't quite feel like R1 to me.

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Re: Two tanks and a trac
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2020, 10:56:31 am »
Obviously after the battle this is Red One. The tank on the right is CHICAGO and if you look just under the muzzle, you can see the canted open turret hatch of COUNT, which dropped into a deep hole probably attempting to get around CHICAGO. Note the wrecked latrine ramps also. The tank to the left approaching the beach is probably CHINA GAL but who can say with this image. There is another photo out there showing the rear of a tank moving along the beach as it approaches CECILIA also stuck in a hole on Red One. Men are watching as the tank moves along the waterline avoiding the dead on the beach. So yes, this is Red One after the battle.

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Re: Two tanks and a trac
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2020, 12:25:59 pm »
Thanks, Gunny! So three tanks and a trac. Probably should have supplied the link to the film below. Not high def but better.  Still trying to figure out how to get the 'big' picture through technology and not succeeding. The pic starts at 2:11. Some of this, I believe, has the two Smiths on their tour. At Getty Images:

https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/man-in-shelter-in-in-beach-trench-tank-in-distance-legs-news-footage/1076694220?adppopup=true

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Re: Two tanks and a trac
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2020, 01:00:31 pm »
At 1:53 is the aircraft revetment used by the Marine tank units for assembly and maintenance.
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