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World War Two vehicles go through dip tank to simulate getting off landing craft

Photo: A World War Two Willys Jeep going through the dip tank. Photo MOD

 

A World War Two Willys Jeep was driven through a dip tank to simulate a vehicle getting off a landing craft into the water. The tank, which has a fording depth of up to 1.5m, tests the waterproof capability of vehicles.

A World War Two Willys Jeep going through the dip tank. Photo MOD

At a special themed event to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in North Devon, Royal Marines from Instow put several World War Two vehicles through their paces, including this Willys, alongside their modern-day equivalents.

A World War Two Willys Jeep going through the dip tank. Photo MOD

As part of 1 Assault Squadron RM, the small dedicated 11 Amphibious Trials and Training Squadron at RM Instow is responsible for developing new equipment that will meet the Royal Marines amphibious and surface manoeuvre needs.

A World War Two Willys Jeep going through the dip tank. Photo MOD

The unit is unique as it is the only one in the MOD that carries out the development of specialised equipment and training in this field.

A World War Two Willys Jeep going through the dip tank. Photo MOD

First established during World War Two, the base was initially used as a training facility for troops preparing for the Normandy Landings at Arromanches and Gold Beach in June 1944.

Royal Marine veteran Clifford Coates chats to 1 AGRM Regimental Sergeant Major WO1 Drinkwater about his experience during D-Day. Photo: MOD

It is now active in developing new technology and ways to deliver equipment, vehicles and troops to landing beaches across the world as well as looking at landing vessels for commando forces of the future.

Old and New. Royal Marines Viking vehicle alongside the DUKW.
Photo: MOD

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