[h=1]TANKFEST 2014 - The World’s best display of moving armour returns to The Tank Museum![/h]Experience the best display of historic moving armour in the world at The Tank Museum – bringing the story of tanks, tank crew and soldiers to life...
Historic vehicle displays will include vehicles making their show debuts, with a number of old favourites returning to the arena.
Watch this space for all the exciting news relating to Tankfest 2014 as it is announced.
The British Army
The Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) has once again agreed to demonstrate a number of The Army’s current armoured fighting vehicles. There will also be an opportunity to see these vehicles up close in The Tank Park and to meet the crews.
Edward Fox, star of “A Bridge Too Far” has agreed to join us for the Saturday of Tankfest (work schedule permitting) Edward will be giving a talk on the making of the movie “A Bridge Too Far” during lunch in The Director’s Enclosure.
Our Tribute to Operation Market Garden
2014 sees the 70th anniversary of this daring attempt by the Allies to dramatically shorten the Second World War, by capturing key river bridges in Holland thus allowing an attack straight into the industrial heart of Germany, the Ruhr. The Tank Museum will commemorate this historic struggle between Allied airborne and ground forces and their German enemy in September 1944, with our grand finale battle at Tankfest. Several of our exhibits from that period will be taking part, including the famous Tiger 131 tank.
Vehicle Conservation Centre
By June 2014 the Vehicle Conservation Centre will have been open for almost twelve months – the building is now packed with armoured fighting vehicles, many rarely available for public viewing. Tankfest is one of the few occasions each year that the public are allowed on to the Centre’s floor and able to see these vehicles up close.
Cherry will be performing favourites from the 1940’s during the lunch period on both Saturday and Sunday in the entertainment tent. Cherry will also be performing in The Director’s Enclosure.
New for 2014!
2014 sees the inaugural “Bovington Tank Pull Challenge Cup” Teams from The Royal Wessex Yeomanry and The Royal Marines go head to head pulling an armoured fighting vehicle over a set distance in the Kuwait Arena. The winner will be the best aggregate time over the two days of Tankfest . The triumphant cup holder will take on challengers from The Armed Services in 2015
25 Pounder Artillery Battery
For the first time at Tankfest “The Garrison” Royal Artillery re-enactors will be demonstrating a battery of four 25 pounder artillery guns including live firing. There will be four 25 pounders and their supporting vehicles including a compliment of approximately 40 personnel. The Garrison will be based in the Living History area but demonstrating their fire power in The Kuwait Arena. They will also be playing their part in our Grand Finale Battle when their destructive fire power will be used to support the British Armour.
The White Helmets - Sunday Only
On Sunday's Tankfest, The Tank Museum welcomes The Royal Signals motorcycle display team -The White Helmets. Based at Blandford, The White Helmets are in demand all over the country so we are delighted that they will be displaying their exciting and skilful motorcycle routines in The Kuwait Arena. Remember their stunning performances will only be available to us on the Sunday of Tankfest.
Please note: Although the Display Team are highly qualified and capable, there is always the possibility of an unforeseen accident or incident. Spectators who watch the display do so at their own risk with regard to what they witness. No related spectator claims will be supported.
More information can be found here.