Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for March
M T W T F S S
23 24 25 26 27 28 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

Farmer Finds British WWII Tank In Field

Farmer Finds British WWII Tank In Field

The remains of a British tank and its former occupants had been discovered by a farmer mowing his field in Kutenholz, a municipality near the German city of Stade, in Lower Saxony.

Farmer Matrin Bergbauer, 55, said his tractor had struck a chunk of metal as he cut the grass and when he had checked he realised that it was something larger than just a small fragment.

He said: "I knew that a British tank had been destroyed somewhere near where I found the metal fragment, and I decided it would be best to call the police. If there was a tank there, there could have been unexploded ordnance."

The area was then searched by bomb disposal experts who managed to uncover the armoured side of a tank and also parts of a human skeleton including the thigh bone.

Police spokesman Rainer Bohmbach said that the human remains had been sent away for tests and that for the moment digging had stopped after the bomb disposal experts had confirmed there was nothing else close to the surface that might be dangerous.

He said: "We believe that the parts of the human skeleton probably from the tank occupants but they will need to be checked to make sure they are from the time of the Second World War."

The farmer's claim that it was a British tank which had been destroyed would mean that the British embassy will be notified next. Peter Francis from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said that once that process happened they would get involved to make sure the remains were being handled with the proper respect.

He said: "We get about 20 cases like this still every year although mostly in France and Belgium. It's not often that we get a notification from Germany because that was well cleared after the war. If it does prove to be a British tank, we will attempt to identify the occupant whose remains were found and then the remains will be buried at the closest Commonwealth War Graves where we have space.

"This process is done with the utmost respect for the remains. These people gave their lives for their country, and that should not be forgotten."

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
Francis  skeleton  Farmer  experts  police  fragment  checked  Graves  British  disposal  respect  destroyed  German  tank  human  metal  farmer  Commonwealth  WWII  occupants

Latest News

 

Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.

Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.

Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.

Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.

First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.

Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.

Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.

Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.

Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!

Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.

Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.


Austrian Zimmers