|A Sherman Firefly at|
|HVSS was used on later model Shermans, while|
Vertical Volute Spring Suspension was used on models
used by Canadians in the Second World War. Image
|"Athena" Memorial in Ortona, Italy. 75mm gun|
The installation of the tank in the Piazza was intended to be temporary, pending the creation of a suitable site. This was planned to be on a pedestal north of the Piazza, overlooking the beach. In the meantime the tank has been moved to a grassy area nearby.Most origins of memorials are likely lost to the public record, squirreled away in Legion Branch filing cabinets or fading with the memory of the "Greatest Generation". An interesting image in the Library and Archives Canada shows men preparing a Sherman as a memorial in "Fort Garry Park, Doetinchem, Netherlands" in late 1945.
The tank still remains in what is now known as "Canada Park" in the town. The name change is interesting, in that what once was a tribute to a specific action by a specific regiment has now been nationalized using a name that the average Dutch citizen is much more likely to identify with. It is hard to say how the troopers polishing the tank back in 1945 would react to the removal of the regimental name. Did they invest great importance in the notion that the tank would stand as a memorial to their specific regimental family? Who knows, they may have just been tasked with polishing up the tank due to some minor disciplinary infraction and were looking forward to attending a dance with local Dutch women.
|M4A3E8 in Kelowna, BC. 76mm gun|
|M4A4 in Normandy. 75mm gun|