A British couple got the surprise of a lifetime when a military tank crashed into their backyard, The Mirror reported.

The armored vehicle, usually used by British troops to battle the Taliban in Afghanistan, lost control on a road in Norfolk and crashed through the couple's fence, The Mirror reported.

It took six hours for the tank to be removed from the yard. Fortunately, the homeowners, Phil and Jayne Jones, were able to laugh about the incident.

"If we are going to have a vehicle going through our fence we would like to have a tank," Phil Jones said, according to The Mirror.

"The soldiers were a good band of brothers and dealt with it very well," he said.

The British Army did not comment on the crash, the paper reported.

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