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Here's the rest of my photos, covering the WW2 vehicles and slightly post-war ones.


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Outside the entrance is this very rare Churchill Mk I tank, as used at Dieppe. As well as the 2 pounder gun in the turret, it also has the 3 inch gun in the hull.


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One of the first vehicles you see in the WW2 hall is the Matilda I tank, armed with only a Vickers machine gun, and looks very frail. There's also the hull and turret of another Matilda I in the huge store yard outside the Tank Museum, that looks like it had been used as a range target.


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Another very rare exhibit is this A9 cruiser tank, fitted with two auxiliary Vickers machine gun turrets. Used by the BEF in France 1940, and also in the desert


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One of two Daimler Dingo scout cars


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Thornycroft Bison armoured lorry - designed in 1940 when fear of German invasion was high, it's fitted with a concrete pillbox in the rear and a concrete cab. Not exactly designed for high speeds, it was to be used as a mobile pillbox


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L3/33 Italian light tank, fitted with a flame thrower


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Crusader III tank, which had a problem with the tracks coming off at high speed!


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Churchill III tank, the turret from the Mk III onwards was a complete re-design from that of the 2 pounder turret in the Mk I. This one is an AVRE variant with the spigot mortar in place of the main gun


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Tetrarch light tank, which is where the Daimler armoured car Mk I got the turret design from. Flown into battle in the Normandy and Rhine landings by the huge Hamilcar glider, this example is in a surviving section of Hamilcar


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A13 Cruiser tank, another BEF tank, fitted with a 2 pounder gun


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Vickers Mk VI light tank, only armed with two Vickers mg's


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Panther tank


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Couldn't get a decent photo of the Cromwell, but here's the BESA machine gun in the hull


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Matilda II - completely different from the Matilda I, it was slow (as it was designed as an infantry tank, to stay with the infantry), but was heavily armoured and could take a lot of punishment


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AEC armoured car, fitted with a 75mm gun in the turret


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Staghound armoured car with a 37mm gun in the turret - the Mk III Staghounds had the turret off a Crusader III fitted


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Japanese Ha-Go light tank


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Soviet KV-1 heavy tank


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Enormous Jagdtiger, fitted with a 120mm gun. They also had a Tiger, Jagdpanther, and two King Tiger's (one with a Henschel turret, one with a Porsche turret), but I didn't have enough memory left on my camera to take photos of them unfortunately


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A row of 'Funnies' - Cromwell dozer, Sherman 'crab' flail tank used for clearing paths through minefields, and a DUKW


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Stuart M3A3 light tank


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M10 Achilles - this is the British version fitted with a 17 pounder anti tank gun


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Humber scout car


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Buffalo LVT4 amphibian, used for carrying vehicles such as a Universal Carrier, M29 Weasel (which is in the back of this one) or a Jeep, they were also used to carry British infantry across the Rhine


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Canadian Ram tank, built on the M4 Sherman chassis. Only a few were used by the Canadians in NW Europe


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Another troop carrier is this Ram Kangaroo - the Ram tanks that were available after being replaced by Shermans were converted into troop carriers by removing the turret and ammo lockers etc


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The Morris light reconnaissance car Mk I - used by the RAF regiment as well as the army, with a Bren gun in the turret and a Boyes anti tank rifle for the hatch next to the turret for the commander to use


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8x8 Boarhound armoured car, designed by the US and ordered by the UK, but only 30 were built out of 2500 ordered by the UK as they had poor cross country performance. In the Leicestershire Regiment there's a photo of one driving through Leicester


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A43 Black Prince, an experimental development of the Churchill tank with a 17 pounder gun, which was later developed into the Centurion


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And to finish off, the A39 Tortoise heavy assault tank, developed for clearing heavily fortified areas. It weighted 78 tons and was armed with a 32 pounder gun, with three BESA mg's

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Great pics!


couple of points though....


The AEC has a 6 pr gun which is 57mm not 75mm.

The Cromwell Dozer is a Centaur Dozer. This has a Liberty engine

The M3A3 is an M5A1

The Ram was built on an M3 Lee chassis not a Sherman

Black Prince was a rival design to Centurion and did not lead into it. I don't think it was much of a competition....!



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Black Prince was a rival design to Centurion and did not lead into it. I don't think it was much of a competition....!





I think if you picture Centurion bins mounted on the Black Prince turret, it's clear there must be some commonality, even if Black Prince's hull is clearly a straight evolution of the much older-technolgy Churchill.


As you say, no competition.


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Black Prince turret is more like a Churchill VII turret with a Comet gun mounting. Hardly surprising given who made it. Centurion, particularly Mk 1, has a totally different turret. BP and Cent were rival designs chasing the same goal, some similarities are inevitable but I don't think there was any cross over in any way.

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This was really intresting to see. I really have to go there... Seems like I have to go everywhere since intresting places keep showing up...


After reading about the buffalos in a certain magazine I developed a interest of them. Really nice to see your photo of it.




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  • 2 years later...
Great pictures Rlangham and I don't want to be a sad git but they have painted the M5 Stuart :dunno: :dunno:


i know this is an old thread, and the photo's aren't available anymore. If the Stuart is the Brazilian one, it has not been re-painted but in original Brazilian army colours. The Brazilian Govt. request was to have the vehicle remain in their colours as part of the transfer to the TM.

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