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Battle of Hechtel Memorial, Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

(Location: Hechtel)

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Unique ID: 1422
Added to Database: 4 December 2010
Last Edited: 11 December 2010
Type (ID): Sherman Firefly (1400)
Model (ID): M4 Sherman Firefly (1401)
Location Category (ID): Battle of Hechtel Memorial (10810)
Location (ID): Hechtel (10810)
Serial Number: 4060 (source: J. DeMarco).
Other Identification: Guards Armoured Division insignia painted on bottom right of glacis. White stars painted on hull sides and glacis. Fitted with rubber block track.
Collection Reference:
Links: The Shadock’s Website
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Location History:
(see map)

1: American Locomotive Company, Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA (April 1943)
2: Hechtel Town Centre, Belgium (2006 - ca2008)
3: Museum K-blokken en Oscar Kapel, Leopoldsburg, Limburg, Limburg Province, Belgium (ca2008 - 2009)
4: Battle of Hechtel Memorial, Hechtel-Eksel, Limburg, Limburg Province, Belgium (Current location)

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Belgium publication:

This Sherman was originally located at the memorial at the centre of Hechtel, at the intersection of Hasseltsebaan and Kamperbaan; that memorial was inaugurated on 24 January 2006. It has been at the current memorial location since 2009.
In between it went into storage in the Leopoldsburg Army Base on Hechtelsesteenweg. It was not originally a Firefly, the turret was added later. It may have formerly been a range target. (Source: M. van Loon/N. Baumgardner/BHAR). Its serial number of 4060 indicates it was built by the American Locomotive Company in April 1943 (source: J. DeMarco/G104). It may have later been a dozer tank – it still has some of the dozer fittings (source: P.O. Buan/Shadock).

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