The BARV was a modified Sherman tank which, instead of a turret, had a tall armoured superstructure and could operate in water up to 9ft deep. The BARV Sherman were used to remove vehicles that had broken down or got stuck in the surf, and they could also be used to push small landing craft off the beach if they became stuck on the sand. It was developed by the Royal Engineers. The Sherman M4A2 was selected for the BARV basis as it’s welded hull was easier to waterproof. It was powered by a diesel engine rather than the usual petrol engine. They were used on the beaches of Normandy to good effect. One of the crew was a diver whose job was to attach towing chains to stranded vehicles and tanks. The pictures show a BARV Sherman being put through it’s paces on the beach at Arromanches.