Farmer Unearths WWII Amphibious Tank That Disappeared 74 Years Ago


Yeah, I know, epoch times. It’s always neat to see a tank come out of the muck though, so check it out.

Authored by Jenni Julander via The Epoch Times,

A Crowland, UK, farmer recently dug up an amphibious WWII military vehicle that was buried under 30 feet of earth. Now, he is working to restore the Buffalo LVT-4—once thought to be lost to history.

An excavation involving 50 men to exhume the tank in Lincolnshire Fens has afforded farmer Daniel Abbott the opportunity to restore and display the vehicle, which, for him, has become a passion.

Daniel Abbott (L) and company stand in front of the Buffalo LVT (Courtesy of Daniel Abbott and the Crowland Buffalo LVT Association).

“It was a very emotional moment,” Abbott told The Lincolnite. “I was nervous all day as this has all been a big part of my life.”

For the past three years, Abbott has been searching for the 20-ton amphibious assault vehicle, which itself has been buried for the last 74 years.

“There were a lot of rumors flying around about the Buffaloes not being there. People told me that they’d all been recovered,” he said. “But I remember as a young child my great-grandparents telling me there were amphibious vehicles around the site.”

Cranes pull the Buffalo LVT from the excavation site. (Courtesy of Daniel Abbott and the Crowland Buffalo LVT Association)

Abbott studied WWII records, scoured the area, and eventually found the machine—which once had been part of a 30-vehicle operation to build a temporary dam. But in 1947, the Buffalo was washed away along with 14 other vehicles in a flood, and has been missing ever since.

The Buffalo LVT being exhumed by an excavation crew. (Courtesy of Daniel Abbott and the Crowland Buffalo LVT Association)

With the help of Crowland Cranes, North Level Internal Drainage Board, and Tear’s Recovery, Abbott started the 5-day excavation to disentomb the amphibious vehicle from under 30 feet of earth.

The Herculean operation involved removing 4,500 tons of clay to uncover the vehicle.

Abbott told the BBC that he was “over the moon” to see it in such good condition.

Read the rest at the link at the top.


  1. BS. All I ever dig up are rocks and sprinklers.
    I follow a Ukrainian metal detector guy and he comes up with all sorts of stuff to make .e jealous.

    • Those farmers looked real happy to see their rice paddies getting torn up by the tracks, didn’t they.

      “Hearts and Minds” indeed.

    • People woefully underestimate the power of moving water.

      I’ve seen M1 tanks literally washed away and buried up to their turret rings in desert flash floods because some moron thought that they could drive across a flooded wadi with their tank. Sixty+ tons of tank, and it was like some kids paper boat. Same-same when fording streams or rivers under normal conditions, TBH.

      The thing you have to take into account is that not only is there the force of water, but that the hydraulic pressure is also washing away what the tracks are sitting on, and you’ll actually have cases where the tank and/or other armored vehicles never really move, but the “ground” they’re sitting on winds up washing away, and they basically sink in place through the topsoil as though by magic. What’s actually happening is that the water flow is washing away the supports, and gravity is taking its course.

      Physics be a bitch, sometimes. Same things happen with bridge piers and abutments, or, for example, heavy concrete spillways… Remember the Oroville dam spillway from a few years back? That was all hydraulics, all the time…

      There are a bunch of long-forgotten armored vehicles buried around the desert southwest, dating back to when Patton was training in the Mojave during early WWII. An acquaintance was telling me about going out into one of the wadis south of Barstow, stopping to scratch a cathole for taking a dump, and he hit metal. Which, upon later investigation, proved to be the top of what he took to be an M3 turret, buried in the dirt–He was told by locals that there were legends about a tank platoon that had been washed away in a desert flash flood, and never found again. Whether that turret top was just the turret, or a complete tank, I’ll never know, because he never went back to investigate.

      Fort Hood has its share of “lost armor” from several similar incidents around Cowhouse Creek, or so the stories go. I know that my battalion lost and wrote off about six Gamma Goats that they were using for flood relief out in the local community around Lawton, OK, most of which were never seen again after they washed away from the inundated field motor pool where they were being worked on. Poor choice of sites, donchaknow… Although, from what I know of the old Gamma Goat, I’d suspect that odds were good somebody may have done that deliberately… Those were not well-loved vehicles among those that operated and maintained them.


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