• A Rhino tank punches cleanly through a tall hedge.

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Rhino Tank

The most effective solution was also the most famous. Most often attributed to Sergeant Curtis Cullin of the 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, the “Rhino’ tank was a clever repurposing of German defensive hardware. Using scrap steel recovered from a bombed out Nazi roadblock, Cullin fashioned a set of large prongs, shaped like the end of a fork, which he attached to the front of a tank. The tank accelerated up the berm and cut through the thick brush as if it were cardboard.

  • Sergeant Cullin’s hedgerow cutter, or Rhino device, affixed to a Stuart Light Tank, Normandy, 1944. The invention earned its nickname due to the prongs’ resemblance to rhinoceros horns.