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The A10 at Pirbright went to AF Budge at Gamston, Notts and was dumped at the side of their big building, Despite me egging them on to restore it, it went for scrap.....

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thanks Adrian much appreciated. I had no idea until dave h spoke to me that there were other early cruiser tanks still around. which is surprising considering their relatively thin armour but after reading what bob has put about budge I find it hard to understand how someone can recover a tank and then scrap it, especially when there is only one example surviving. it reminds me of the museum in Normandy that scrapped the A13 because the armour had cracked and the turret had fell into the hull, again only one surviving example. the truth is not many could care less about british armour ! maybe we aren't glamorous enough.

 

anyway with 2xA9 wrecks it would become much more feasible to restore one to running condition or at least get it moving under it's own power. so if anyone reading this has £20k and 5 years to spare then stand up and be counted !

 

rick

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Regarding Budge, it was more a case of them being offered it to take away and you never say no, do you? When the Budge Collection broke up, everything had to go. The receivers did that in the easiest way possible....

 

I think your figures for the A9 should read £100k and 20 years!

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"I think your figures for the A9 should read £100k and 20 years!"

 

There's restoration and then there's restoration ! I personally would settle for getting it together and moving, anything after that would be a bonus

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reckon you nailed it. cheers

 

the exciting thing is the rest of the tank might be nearby going off what I read on the net. might have to take a shufti for myself :cool2:

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Does anyone know what became of those Bulgarian dug in German tanks (PzIV, Stug III, JgdPzIV etc) that were in the news four or so years ago? I recall most if not all were excavated and brought to a holding area, a while later some photos surfaced of a number being rebuilt, but to what level I am unsure. At the time there was talk of them being offered to Bulgarian museums and also public auction but I never heard any more about them. The other day a video surfaced on youtube which was supposedly taken in 2014 showing a number of unrestored Pz in a holding area on Bulgaria...is that auction likely still to happen?

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Several have been cosmetically restored externally, they were emplaced without engines & often their tracks & other running gear too.

It's assumed that the tarted-up ones will be put into museums, but to my knowledge, no locations are known.

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I had assumed that some Bulgarian Politian or general had realised that they could make a nice butty out of it and was selling them off quietly on the side.

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however it's not all bad news as I found an A9 cruiser wreck on a disused range and although it is smashed I will recover it if possible and see if I can't put it back together or find somebody else enthusiastic enough to take it on !

 

Hi - this is my first post on this forum so hello to all. Strangely the reason that prompted me to join was to show some photos of this very same tank that I took last year. Looks like I got beaten to it!

I was going to post them as I didn't know what it was and was hoping someone could ID it - again beaten to it! I found out about the wrecked 'tank' a while ago but on seeing it I didn't think it was a tank as there was a lack of substantial plate or virtually any body at all. I thought the ring may be a turret ring but it seemed far too flimsy! I assumed it to be some sort of Carrier - the suspension units (which are the best preserved bits on the whole thing) look similar to me! But an A9 - thats excellent!

Its actually reasonably well known locally even appearing as a landmark in at least one local walking guidebook!

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hi spacehopper

 

please post up your pics, the more the merrier.

I too was amazed at just how thin the armour was, things have come a long way since then with regard to armour ! infact thinking about it the Churchill entered service only 2 years after the A9 and that has a maximum of 7" of armour over the hull gunner as opposed to 1/2" for the A9. I know which one i'd rather be in.

having said that the A9 is still an important tank and was the first real "modern" tank to enter service and is well worth saving especially now Adrian has told us of another wreck :cool2:

 

rick

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A few more

 

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OK, so it is a bit rustier than the Minis I used to drive, but with a bit of welding...!

 

trevor

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There may be more than one tank in this pile of bits as there are two types of track shown........

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that's right bob there was a panther underneath it but you know I take no notice of the german kit :-D

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There may be more than one tank in this pile of bits as there are two types of track shown........

Sorry, got that wrong, no one is right every time.....

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