Thursday, October 6, 2011

Military Snapshot - A Very Different Kind of Goliath Falls at Saint-Lo

In this photo, an American soldier climbs over a pile of Goliaths shortly after Operation Cobra outside Saint-Lô. The Goliath was a German-engineered demolition vehicle -- also known as the beetle tank or tracked mine. It carried 170–220 lbs of high explosives and was intended to be used for multiple purposes, such as destroying tanks, disrupting dense infantry formations, and demolition of buildings and bridges. Photo courtesy of National Archives, from Patton's Third Army in World War II by Michael Green & James D. Brown.

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