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Ned


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Came across this story today from the Dailytelegraph...

 

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/science/world-war-i-archaeological-dig-at-the-somme-turns-up-missing-british-tank-that-fled-due-to-cowardice/news-story/e9639bcaae9e2e75e3bbe5475a90eb14?nk=76988468838fb5ba56bd44474b92250e-1503099913



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The article is behind a paywall, but I presume it is about the recent dig on the wreck of tank 796 at Bullecourt. The headline sounds a bit dubious.



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The article is, indeed, about tank #796 at Bullecourt. An accessible version may be found at:

http://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-daily-telegraph-sydney/20170819/282007557506265

The headline is about what you would expect from Murdoch press sub-editors - a species that makes the US alt-right look intelligent.

Charlie

 



-- Edited by CharlieC on Saturday 19th of August 2017 07:27:12 AM



-- Edited by CharlieC on Saturday 19th of August 2017 07:27:41 AM

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The headline just turns me off. It is, quite frankly, an insult. Not something I would read and I wouldn't even click on it as that gives earns them cash through their advertising.

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Ned


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Yes, the headline put me off also, but by the end of the story it gave the men credit for their efforts.



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Thanks for those links, Ned and Charlie C. The article was considerably more reasonable than the headline, although still rather misleading. In particular, I don`t believe that there was a real dispute about the movements or position of Lt. Skinner`s tank, in the aftermath of the battle. The wreck is clearly seen in multiple aerial photos taken days after the action, and it was well behind British lines following the second battle of Bullecourt in May 1917. The Australian war diaries, and Major Watson`s postwar account in A Company of Tanks largely agree with respect to this particular tank, although Skinner was clearly in error in believing that he had entered Bullecourt when, in fact, his tank was stopped at the edge of the village. As far as I am aware, no specific criticisms of Lt. Skinner`s actions were levelled in the Australian war diaries, in contrast to the crew of Lt. Birkett`s tank (797) who were reported to have fled their tank in a panic. The only tank whose position was unknown following the battle was Lt. Davies`799, which was put out of action behind the German lines, and whose crew was killed or captured. Its true position was unknown until the final advance of 1918. 

In any case, here`s a photo of the wreck of 796 which clearly shows the deep shell hole which stopped the tank.

 



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I have seen no evidence whatsoever that Skinner or his crew fled.
who on earth is the author of this defaming article?

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It was published in the Murdoch press - you know - those organs of delight the Daily Mail and the unlamented News of the World.

Australian media is similarly sodomised by the Murdoch empire.

The author of the article is Charles Miranda - senior reporter with the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

 

Charlie

 



-- Edited by CharlieC on Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 01:57:30 AM

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Thank you - the link to Murdoch explains the reason for the article.


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