Monday, August 11, 2008

Scuba Divers Discover D-Day Tanks at the Bottom of the English Channel

We here at the Neutral Dive Gear Scuba Diving Blog get such a kick out of how often scuba divers and the sport we love so much contribute to uncovering history.

Scuba divers searching for hidden treasures at the bottom of the English Channel got more than they bargained for when they stumbled across two massive army tanks on the ocean floor.

The divers, who were eight miles of the West Sussex Coast, were left baffled as to how the Second World War tanks came to be at the bottom of the Channel.

But the mystery was soon solved after a lengthy investigation involving more than 80 dives at the site which is 65ft under water.




Divers found the massive vehicles were relatively well preserved with guns still intact even after more than 64 years under sea.

And by painstakingly checking minute details on the sunken vehicles against historical records, investigators managed to identify them as rare British Centaur CS IV tanks.

The historic weapons were destined for battle during the D-Day landings but never arrived.

Historians discovered the tanks fell overboard when a landing craft capsized on its way to the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944.




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2 comments:

Psycho Solo Diver said...

Oh! Those kind of tanks!

Neutral Dive Gear said...

"Oh! Those kind of tanks!"

Haha. Yeah!