There's one in front of the war museum I work for, originally in German markings. Unfortunately the owner decided to have it painted over, so now the original markings and camo are gone and the thing looks ugly as hell.
Side note: I don't give a crap about the old rust myself nor about WWII nor war in general. I find it boring beyond conception. I write stuff for the museum, so I have to read things about the war as well. I never cease to be amazed at the general dumbness, stupidity and total lack of imagination involved. That's what war is: an excruciatingly depressing form of anti-imagination. Anyone who believes otherwise doesn't know what they are talking about. Well, perhaps there's an element of comradery as well, but that's a thing which comes automatically with being in the same shit together, you don't need a war for that.
For me personally the most depressing aspect of war isn't even the death and destruction, but the fact that at the end of the day nobody, from high to low, seems to really have an idea of what they're doing. Those images of generals bowing over a table with maps, making plans, apply until the first shot is fired and then everything is immediately turned upside down. I read a lot about the Battle of Arnhem, and you wouldn't believe the degree of dumb chance involved at every level. To me one of the most amusing and inspiring tales of WWII was that of Jack McNiece and his Filthy 13 [link] (related and very interesting : [link] ). What makes it so amusing is that McNiece basically became a hero despite/by trying to cheat and lie his way out of every task he didn't fancy
Monty was competing with Patton for resources. After the unexpectedly fast advance following the landing in Normandy the general directive was to halt and wait for proper supply lines to be set up before advancing any further. Patton saw glory in a weak German defense and pushed on anyhow, souping up resources severely dis-consolidating the allied presence. Or so I read. In any case it doesn't seem fair to put all blame on Monty. His original plan, to drop everything in a single day might have worked out well, but couldn't be carried out because of a.o. the supply issue. Pilots who should have been training with the airborne were hauling gasoline to Patton in the weeks before the operation. I will never take anything for "historical fact" from a Hollywood movie
I shouldn't sound too harsh, actually...The thing with Monty was he was quite cautious and didn't want a repeat of WWI bloodbaths. He seemed to care about his troops. On the other hand Patton was psychotic! You're right about the original plan...and it didn't count on two SS Panzer Divisions as well!