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Vickers Mk1 supplied to India and in this case Kuwait. A medium tank with a conventional layout. Armed with an L7 105mm main armament and two .30 Browning MG and one .50 Browning RMG

The vehicle was a budget Centurion with many modern components. It had an L60 main engine taken from Chieftain as was the TN12 Gearbox. It also has a three cylinder diesel engine that drove a generating set when the main engine was switched off.

Kuwait received 70 as did India however India manufactured around 2000 under licence and called them Vijayanta.

At least one of the production vehicles stayed in the UK and all of the pre production/prototypes were kept by Vickers Defence Systems. Where these vehicles went is unknown. Perhaps one or more have survived in the UK. There are still many sat in the desert in Kuwait, doubtless hundreds in India.

 

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hmm I should have been able to put a name to them, darn it.

 

The running gear looked Centurionesque.

 

R

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Why dont there give them to people who will restore and save a bit of history, rather then let them rust,:undecided:

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Scorpion 02 FD 90 at the D & M School Bovington. You can probably see it through the fence at the Tank Museum. Seems in good order and has been there for some time.

 

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Hi,

there was also a churchill on the area in the early seveties remember camping by on a escape and evasion ex with the cadets.

 

Ashley

 

 

 

 

 

Some more taken at Haltern near Munster. All pictures are fairly old but I'm told most of the wrecks are still there. These ones include Conqueror, Centurion, AMX 13, M47 and Centurion ARV. I was told before I went there that the tank that is upside down was in fact a German WW2 vehicle. I was very excited but alas no.

 

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Just in case you missed my article in Military Machines International here are some more of the Tortoise at Kirkcudbright. I reckon it is probably P6

 

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That looks quite intact for a range wreck. Are the French bad shots?

 

 

Maybe they fire with baguettes?

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Look forqward to that, although you may be getting people excited.

 

Such a shame to see it in that state, pics sorted soon.

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Sherman Target at Biville France

 

ooooohhh...now you've gone and done it...:cheesy:

.....I've been slathering and dreaming over those Shermans at Biville for quite a while....even got them marked in on my Google map.........worked out road access to them .....how I'd recover them off the dunes...the whole lot....yep..

..all I need now is a good few grand to go and bother the French Government with :D

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bob you're a man after my own heart, i too have the armour on biville on my google earth along with many, many other range areas. i know i can't have them all but there's no harm in trying :cool2:

 

rick

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well mate should you ever go after them I'd be more than happy to put my 30 odd years of heavy plant operation (amongst many other useful skills all learnt at the school of demolition / dismantling / scrap cutting etc !) at your disposal....:D

......I'd be happy to consider a month or so over there rescuing them as a crackin holiday mate ...certainly no payment needed ! (well.........apart from having a small share in the recovered assets ! hahah!)

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might take you up on that offer bob and sooner than you think !;)

 

Can I play, too? Sounds just up my street! Go on, gissa job, I can do that!

 

'Chas.' :cool2:

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