War boat from Falklands era and Saving Private Ryan left ‘rotting’ by roundabout

A military boat that may have been used in the Falklands war and starred with famous faces in the iconic movie Saving Private Ryan now sits on a roundabout.

Those who drive by may be surprised to know it has a glorious past with fictional and historical war stories.

Nestled on the Holmbush Roundabout in Sussex, the unassuming military vehicle is rusty, empty and has weeds growing inside it.

However, in another life the vessel could carry up to 35 fully equipped Royal Marines or two land rovers, reports SussexLive.

The model was produced in the 1960s by the Dorset Yacht Company in Poole for the military.

Constructed using mostly timber, with metal armour plating, it was powered by two foden diesel engines.

The LCVP mark 2 model was the standard boat used by the marines during the Falklands and it's probably saw action.

But it can't be confirmed as it was later modified and the original numbers on the side have since been removed.

But it was used in the Hollywood blockbuster 'Saving Private Ryan'.

The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, follows the story of US Army Captain John Miller, played by Tom Hanks, and his squad.

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They are tasked with finding a paratrooper, Private James Ryan, who is the last remaining survivor of a family of brothers who went off to war.

His other three brothers died in action and the boys are on a mission to ensure he doesn't see the same fate.

The boat, now living it's final days on the roundabout, plays a large part in the scene that many remember from the iconic film.

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The opening clip, where US army troops await their landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy during D-Day, is where boats like this were used.

After filming, the boat, along with another on the screen, were bought by a new owner who restored them.

The other boat went to 'le Grand Bunker museum' in Ouistreham, Normandy.

However, the vessel in Normandy is in a much better condition, with the roundabout boat falling into disrepair.

The timber structure is rotting away and holes have appeared, it's also faced with the wrath of the elements and in dire need of TLC.

But for now it's based in Shoreham, the place that housed up to 100,000 troops during the First World War.

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