Sometimes history reads like fiction.
This photo first came to my attention in Richard Doherty’s “Eighth Army in Italy: 1943-45”1 and I finally found it in the Imperial War Museum’s archives.
Original wartime caption: This Sherman tank, during a night attack on the sugar factory, passed over what was apparently a solid concrete flooring and crashed through the top of a submerged treacle vat.
According to the photo caption in Doherty’s book, this Sherman, part of the 10th Hussars, had this mishap just AFTER the tank crew had been laughing at a Royal Fusiliers warrant officer who had fallen into a treacle-filled shell hole.
People who think history is dull are reading the wrong books.
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1Doherty, Richard. Eighth Army in Italy 1943-45: The Long, Hard Slog. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2007. Print