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Bovington Tank Museum Curios - July 2002. motors.
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From Campbell, an Aussie who made the trip to England specifically to see the Beltring show. For a side trip he went to Bovington Tank Museum. The pictures here are of the storage yard and new RAC monument.

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The RAC monument with a typical English WW2 tank crew, the left most member appears to be holding a "Besa", co-axial machine gun.


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Some turrets in the holding/storage yard. From L to R, early Churchill (2 Pdr), late Churchill - probably 6 Pdr, Cruiser turrets probably late (6 Pdr) Crusader and early Covenanter/Crusader.


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The Covenanter/Crusader turret close up. The prominent bulge on the left cheek is odd, as is the mising piece of armour behind it. Neither appear to be standard, perhaps a prototype?


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A Mk VI or later Churchill. Note the Sturmtiger barrel on the ground in front of it.


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Pretty sad sight. This looks like an ex-gunnery range target. It is either a Centaur or a Cromwell. Note the charcoal colour of the tracks, to me, this is typical of the "long life" manganese steel track introduced with the Valentine after the abysmal failure of the Crusader and early pattern Matilda track.


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PAK 43 Anti-tank gun on it's way to the workshops.


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A Saracen, very strangely for an English one this example appears to still be an original cooling model. Most were converted to "reverse flow cooling" so they did not cook the occupants, the giveaway is that the reverse flow model has its grill covered by a large fairing.


My thanks to Campbell.

 

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