Man Parks WWII Tank In Front of House, HOA Not Happy (Photos)

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Texas attorney Tony Buzbee bought a functional World War II tank from overseas and -- much to the anger of some of his neighbors -- parked it in front of his multimillion-dollar house.

Buzbee paid $600,000 for the tank, which he said was used in the Normandy Invasion in 1944. He plans to keep the tank at his ranch in east Texas, but has it temporarily parked in front of his residential home in River Oaks, according to KHOU.

Some neighbors want the tank removed sooner than later. 

The River Oaks Property Owners sent Buzbee a letter, saying the tank is causing "serious concerns for neighbors," and that the vehicle is a "safety issue" because it "impedes traffic." 

Buzbee, who owns the prominent Buzbee Law Firm in Houston, says he has every right to keep the tank exactly where it is.

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"The problem is there is no action they can take," he said. "They can ticket it or they can try to tow it, but the truth is unless I decide to move it, it's not going anywhere."

Buzbee added that the tank is a piece of world history.

"Took a year to get here but now it's on River Oaks Boulevard," he said. "This particular tank landed at Normandy. It liberated Paris and ultimately went all the way to Berlin. There's a lot of history here."

Although the homeowners association isn't happy, some neighbors say the tank is a welcome addition.

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"It's great for America," said homeowner Ken Douglas. "I wish it was permanent.

"I think it's an asset and I think if you watch the cars come up and slow down, you say to yourself, 'wow, that's America.'" 

According to The American Lawyer, Buzbee is a former U.S. Marine who fought in the Persian Gulf. His grandfather is a WWII vet who participated in the Normandy invasion.

Buzbee bought the M4 Sherman tank from a French military museum that was shutting down and liquidating its assets. The tank, which weighs 32 tons, can no longer fire shells. 

The lawyer, who successfully defended former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry against charges of abuse of power, plans to take the tank to his ranch, where he will strap a machine gun to it and run over some junk cars.

But, for now, it remains in River Oaks. He tells KHOU that there's no real reason for any of his neighbors to be upset. 

"If you're offended, just lighten up. My goodness, it isn't hurting anyone."

Sources: KHOU, The American Lawyer / Featured Image: Kevin Dooley/Flickr / Embedded Images: KHOU via Daily Mail, Sophia Beausoleil/Twitter

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