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Bracklesham Bay Valentine Tank

Located in Bracklesham Bay, the waters house an intriguing historical artifact from World War II. The Mark 3 type IX Valentine Duplex Drive tank, lost during exercise Fabius III in May 1944, sits upright on the edge of a sandbar at a depth of 12m. It offers a captivating sight for divers, both experienced and beginners.

Diving enthusiasts exploring this site will encounter a diverse range of marine life commonly found in the area. From cheeky Tomato Blennies to Edible Crabs, Bib, and even a Conger or two, the underwater ecosystem here is teeming with fascinating creatures.

This particular tank holds significance as it belonged to the Canadian 6th Armoured Regiment, the First Hussars, and was used in the final dress rehearsal for the Canadian troops set to assault Juno Beach on D-Day. Unlike the more famous collection of Valentine Tanks at Studland, this tank remains in relatively good condition, with the turret off but the gun still in place. Dive champions will also notice the beginning signs of wear on the tank's tracks.

Divers should be aware that visibility can vary due to the surrounding sand, generally reaching around 8m. However, those drifting towards the East may be rewarded with the discovery of Fossilized Shark's teeth. With a maximum depth of 14m, this site offers an accessible and captivating diving experience, making it suitable for beginners and more seasoned divers alike.

Located near East Wittering, Chichester, in West Sussex, South East England, this dive site showcases the rich history and natural beauty of the United Kingdom's coastal waters. Plan your dive and explore this captivating underwater treasure trove.

Last updated: 10 mo. ago - Oct 3, 2023

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Dive Site Overview of Bracklesham Bay Valentine Tank

Depth:14m
Visibility: 0m - 8m
Experience level:
beginner

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