Two surplus Army tanks made kindling wood of an old frame house here in ten minutes this afternoon.
SV.PAN. TANK, THRU HOUSE DEMOLISH SAME.
SV. DO. TANK COMING OUT THROUGH RUBBISH ETC.,
GV. TANK DEMOLISHERS LARGE HOUSE.
LV. PART OF HOUSE CARRIED ALONG ON TANK.
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Background: Two surplus Army tanks made kindling wood of an old frame house here in ten minutes this afternoon. About 500 shivering spectators gathered to watch as a demolition men demonstrated the theses os swords into ploughshares.
The wrecker, Carmen Ottlion, thought of this civilian application of a war machine while serving with the 208th Combat Engineers in Europe in World War II when he observed how tanks wrecked buildings in short order.
Head of a demolition company, Ottlion bought two 45 ton Sherman tanks after wedding through much red tape. Today he tried them out for the first time.
The building, a 100 year-old structure, was being removed because its owner planned a supermarket on the property.
One plank ploughed into the rear of the building and crashed out of the front. The other rode through the building from side to side. On the third pass, the structure collapsed.
Then, by way of an encore, one of the tanks went round and knocked down a wooden barn in one pass.