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Giant scale model on show at The Tank Museum

Photo: The Tank Museum


A 144 square foot model depicting a World War Two battle is on display this February half term at The Tank Museum, Dorset.

The Tank Museum

John Friberg, who passed away 18 months ago, spent 30 years creating the impressive scene, which is made of 36 squares that fit together.

The model depicts the village of Colombelles, north-east of Caen, a staging area for both Allied and German forces in July 1944, during Operation Goodwood, the Allied breakout after D-Day.

It includes 1,350 soldiers and civilian figures, 56 tanks, 32 vehicles, 31 artillery pieces, 3 bicycles, 17 motorcycles, an armoured train, many buildings and a couple of cats.

John, an avid model maker, even visited Normandy and the Caen area for research. The impressive model was scaled from an actual D-Day invasion map.

John served with the Royal Engineers during the 1950s, in Cyprus and Egpyt, and during the Suez Crisis. He also became a campaigner for the Suez Medal, which was finally awarded in 2003.

His son, Andrew Friberg said: “Dad never managed to see the model laid out and complete, as he built it in the loft of his house. I’m sure he would have been proud, as the family are, to see it in its full glory.”

Visitors can see John’s impressive model all half term at The Tank Museum. Find out more on the Museum’s website:

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