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‘A Bridge too Far’ tank to run at Tankfest

Photo: The Achilles is being loaned from the Historic Collection of the Royal Netherlands Army

 

A World War Two Achilles Tank Destroyer, which appeared in the war epic ‘A Bridge too Far’, is to make its first Tankfest appearance.

The Achilles is being loaned from the Historic Collection of the Royal Netherlands Army and will be running at the event which takes place from June 26 to 28, 2020.

This particular Achilles served during World War Two and with the Royal Netherlands Army after 1945. It also featured during the initial British tank attack in the 1977 award winning film A Bridge too Far.

The 17 pounder, self-propelled, Achilles was a British variant of the US M10 Tank Destroyer. It was produced to deal with the heavily armoured German tanks in Normandy. The Achilles served with the British Army throughout World War Two, from D-Day all the way to Germany.

The Tank Museum’s head of marketing, Nik Wyness said: “The Achilles Tank Destroyer is a unique World War Two Armoured Fighting Vehicle and we are extremely pleased it is making an appearance. I’m sure visitors will be delighted to see the tank destroyer as part of the World War Two armour display.

“This continues our close relationship with the Royal Netherlands Army and we are very grateful to them for bringing their Achilles.”

Tickets for Tankfest can be booked through the The Tank Museum website.

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