23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by Simon H » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:23 am

grimmy wrote:I confess I didn't know about the escape hatch - was it usable when the tank was upright?
You could get out through the floor escape hatch if the tank was upright, but it would be a struggle... If you were a small tankie then OK. On very soft ground it would be a gamble, as you might be crushed!
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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by grimmy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:26 am

Spoke to Dad last night (a Sherman driver). He reckons on hard ground you would have about 14" clearance. Less, probably much less, on soft ground. He said escapes by this method were very rare.

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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by Simon H » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:41 am

Hi Grimmy,

I've personally done this on several occasions! It's possible on solid ground. But I wasn't under fire at the time!!
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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by grimmy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:30 am

Hi Simon H,

It's not something I would be keen on doing under any circumstances :!:

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Re: 23rd Hussars - Le Beny Bocage

Post by SgtFHillsgrandson » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:12 pm

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