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Britain at War visits the Tank Museum

 

Check out the highlights from our recent visit to The Tank Museum!

Britain at War paid a visit to the fabulous Tank Museum at Bovington, Dorset, on 12 January and of course we took the editorial camera with us!

Here is a selection of photos taken during the tour of the Museum’s six large halls. For more information on this amazing national collection of fighting vehicles, see: www.tankmuseum.org/home

The Tank Museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm, apart from over Christmas.

An example of the British Covenanter cruiser tank, used exclusively for training purposes in the UK.

An example of an upgraded German Panzer III medium tank, in post-1943 colours, with thicker armour, and armed with a 50mm anti-tank gun.

A combination of the deadly 88mm gun on a Panther chassis, the powerful (but thankfully rare!) Jagdpanther was a potent adversary. On the right, a Jadgpanzer 38t, commonly known as the ‘Hetzer’. A major modification of the ageing Czechoslovakian 38T light tank, the tiny Hetzer married a 75mm gun and a remote operated machine gun with a low profile (and cramped!) chassis.

One of the museum’s Sherman tanks, used in the 2014 film ‘Fury’.

Taken ‘over the shoulder’ of a British Valentine Infantry Tank, the three Allied vehicles. On the left, the disappointing Valiant infantry tank prototype. To the rear the Canadian Ram, a decent enough design but with US-built Sherman’s readily available only 2,000 were built. To the right, the experimental A39 Tortoise, a heavy assault tank designed for assaulting the Siegfried Line. It boasted a powerful 32 pounder gun, up to 9 inches of armour and weighed 79 tonnes.

The extremely tough, but critically under armed, Matilda I infantry tank. Designed in a time where financial considerations provided much pressure on the military, the simple and small Matilda I left little room for future development and this combined with slow speed and underwhelming machine gun armament led to the type being dropped in 1940.

A German early-model Panzer II (left) displayed close to a Vickers Light Mk.VIB tank, the first mass-produced British tank of the interwar period.

The first tank, ‘Little Willie’, built in 1915 by William Foster & Co. of Lincoln.

Part of Bovington’s World War One display.

Sherman VC Firefly, a deadly British conversion of the ubiquitous American M4 Sherman. With its 17-pounder gun the Firefly was an effective Tiger killer.

The legendary German Panther, as seen from the gantry above the Soviet T-34-85. This particular Panther was actually built for the British Army for evaluation, after they had captured the factory.

Part of the Tank Museum’s display on the war in the desert.

The British Cromwell cruiser tank. Fast, low profile, and a useful dual-purpose 75mm gun, the Cromwell was one of the better British tanks of World War Two.

The museum’s M3 Grant medium tank, an American tank modified for the British Army, in Western Desert camouflage.

A Soviet-built T-62 battle tank, captured from the Iraqi forces during the 1991 Gulf War, and brought to the UK for evaluation.

The mighty Centurion tank Mk III. The Centurion is arguably the most successful western tank of its time, which combined powerful armament (in this case a 20 pounder gun) with decent mobility and adequate protection.

A statue of a five-man tank crew of the Second World War, dedicated to British tankmen.

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