Absolutely brilliant and cool subject release! Takom need a big pat on the back for subjects like this (non-nazi!) Fingers crossed one of those 4 markings is for the NZ 20 Armoured Regiment "Pursuit Ship", but even without NZ marking, it's still a dead cert for me.
"Captain Taylor, the Technical Adjutant, explains how this was done:
On one occasion when making my way towards the railway line south of the Rapido en route to the station area, I spotted a strange-looking object that looked like a hay stack. Curiosity got the better of me and accompanied by the TSM [Technical Sergeant-Major] 52 we made our way across the boggy ground to find our hay stack was an American T2 tank camouflaged. I thought if only we could recover this machine it would be a wonderful asset to the regiment. On my return to R.H.Q. I reported our find to Col. Ferguson. He was most interested in the T2 and wanted to see it next day. To move over that area in daylight was to run a big risk as our opposition had the low country well and truly covered. However, by dodging from tree to shell hole we managed to get there safely and made a further inspection. All I was concerned about was that should we be able to recover this T2, which was badly bogged, would we be able to hang on to it seeing that it belonged to the Americans. Having got the Col's assurance that he would do his best to retain our find, arrangements were immediately put in hand to recover the much coveted tank….
The first night the T.S.M. and I made temporary repairs to the engine and installed new batteries. The next night with the aid of the L.A.D. scammel anchored to a bridge by a long wire rope and the T2 motors going we attempted to remove the monster from the bog. All we achieved was to attract a mortar stonk and to suspend the scammel between the tank and the bridge so that the scammel could almost be spun between the two ropes. At daylight work was abandoned. The following night heavy timbers were brought up … and one of the recovery section's tractors. For hours in the pitch darkness and heavy rain we jacked up and tugged at the tank, attracting much attention from the Germans. With about two hours to go before daylight we had the tractor bogged as well. George— [the recovery section's lieutenant] couldn't afford to leave his tractor there so had to hurry back with the transporter for another D8. Just before daylight with two tractors and the tank engine roaring we had it on solid ground. Driver Jack Lay, 53 who had taken over the T2, was happy and when unhitched from the two tractors I told him to keep his foot hard down, which he did until he reached R.H.Q. The following day the White Star was painted out and the regimental sign appeared. It was ours."
This T2 gets multiple mentions in several publications, including how the Americans did eventually miss their T2 but enquiries to Divisional HQ met a blank response.
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