When the Allies landed on the D-Day beaches 75 years ago, they were supported by a host of strange vehicles dreamed up by an eccentric British commander – and they were crucial in winning the battle.

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The Allies’ landings on the beaches at Normandy 75 years ago were a success partly thanks to some bizarre-looking tanks dreamed up by an eccentric British officer called Percy Hobart.

“Hobart’s Funnies” weren’t conventional tanks – they were designed to perform all sorts of tasks, from clearing minefields to laying bridges over trenches to blowing holes in reinforced concrete walls. Without them, the D-Day landings might not have been a success.

Read Future’s full story on the strange tanks that helped win D-Day.

See more of the D-Day 75th anniversary commemoration coverage on BBC News

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