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Pierrepont: a potted history » Dummy tank.Dummy tank.

During the Second World War (1939-45), Pierrepont Farm was used as a training site for Canadian combat engineers. As well as practising building Bailey bridges the engineers also developed dummy Sherman tanks, like the one above, to mislead the Germans into thinking that the D-Day landings would be in the Pas de Calais, instead of Normandy. Somehow, this tank was left at the farm and was still there when the Countryside Restoration Trust acquired it. In 2010 the dummy tank was filmed for a History Channel programme.

During the Second World War (1939-45), Pierrepont Farm was used as a training site for Canadian combat engineers. As well as practising building Bailey bridges — one of which can still be seen crossing the Thames at Walton (though it will not be there much longer) — the engineers also developed dummy Sherman tanks, like the one above, too fool any Luftwaffe reconnaissance aircraft. Somehow, this tank was left at the farm and was filmed in 2010 for a History Channel programme.