Public Tanks

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by von Poop, Nov 26, 2007.

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  1. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Did that, uh, camouflage pattern have an official title?
     
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    'Haight Ashbury Pattern' ?

    I'd thought "why did they leave the barrel all rusty" before realising it's smoking a fag.
     
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    It seems rather inspired by that awful Arnold Bocklin typeface beloved by the Hippy Generation designed in 1904 by Otto Weisert.
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  4. machine shop tom

    machine shop tom Senior Member

    I see what you mean about the Germanic looking tracks. Technically it's a Grizzly rather than a Sherman (Canadian produced M4a1) and it seems they all wore that pattern originally.
    Looking here: Sherman Register - Track types they're 'Canadian Dry pin pattern'.
    Really very 'Panzerish' aren't they.

    (By the way Freebird, I'm going to bolt together a 'how to use the forum' thread soonish that should answer any picture posting queries :)).

    Cheers,
    Adam.

    Well, well. I remember reading somewhere that the Sherman track design was superior to the German design in that it was much more reliable and long-lasting. Then those silly Canucks go and copy the German design! And put in on a SHERMAN!

    :p

    tom
     
  5. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    thats what I meant but at my age the brain doesn't always right what I mean

    :peepwalla:

    As for the old kent road T34 last time I saw it it was white

    Who actually owns the tank?
     
  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  8. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

  9. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Owen
    Talk about one man's meat is another man's poison !
    You say:
    It seems rather inspired by that awful Arnold Bocklin typeface beloved by the Hippy Generation designed in 1904 by Otto Weisert.

    I love that typeface and one of the reasons that I will be shortly visiting Prague is to drool over Mucha paintings and his posters that feature exactly that type of font.

    Sorry mate !

    ron
     
  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Fair enuff, ron.
    Have a great time in Prague.
    Lovely city, haven't been for over 15 years now.
    I hope you are going to take your digital camera and get some WW2 related photos for us too?
     
  11. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    Dont know if this Centurion has been listed but heres a couple of pictures taken with my trusty Nokia N95 mobile phone hope you like them

    She is out side the local museum in Eastbourne;)

    Regards Lee F
     

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  12. WotNoChad?

    WotNoChad? Senior Member

    I keep meaning to visit the WW1 mk.IV parked in the street at Ashford, Kent, but haven't done. I believe it's been used as an electricity substation in it's time...
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    Panorama here:
    BBC - Kent - In Pictures - A tank in Ashford

    More info on this one:


    Ashford's tank is a Mark IV World War One Tank. It was built in 1916, but it is believed it never saw active service. The tank was presented to the Town on 1 August 1919 by Captain Ferrar of the Army Council in recognition of the splendid response to the National War Savings Appeals. The Tank was delivered to Ashford West Railway Station (Off Godinton Road) and was driven to St George's Square.
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    Britain was the first nation to use tanks in this war, and by the end of the war had produced 2,636 tanks. After the war, 265 tanks were designated as 'Presentation Tanks' and these were distributed throughout the Country, not only Ashford was presented with a tank, so were Canterbury, Folkestone and Maidstone, all of the tanks presented were female tanks, the female tank had six machine guns, whilst the male had two six pounder guns.
    Sadly, in 1929, the back of the tank was removed, as well as all the mechanical workings inside, and an electricity sub station was installed inside the tank, however, this probably saved the tank, as many were either scrapped as they became forgotten relics between the wars, or were melted down for the war effort of World War Two.

    Of the 1220 (950 fighting tanks, 205 supply tanks, 11 experimental tanks, and 54 surplus tanks; numbers supplied by Bovington Tank Museum) Mark IV tanks built, there are now only eight surviving, the others can be found at:


    In 1978 The Royal and Mechanical Engineers carried out some minor works to the tank, including replacing the guns, and painted the tank in its original colours. When the first tanks were use, the colours were all obliterated, which resulted in the tanks being painted drab green.

    In 2005, the Council commissioned a local engineer (Mr Keith Williamson) to carry out major refurbishment of the tank. The Tank Museum at Bovington was very helpful and allowed Mr Williamson access to their tank in the museum, and supplied a number of drawings showing all the dimensions of the tank. The refurbishment included removing all of the rust from inside the tank, and repainting with a rust inhibitor, bracing the sides of the tank (as it has no floor), repairing any cracks in the structure and refabricating a complete back end which is a complete replica of the original tank and repainting and marking of the tank.

    The tank is a Registered War Memorial (Reference No 43725), the tank was rededicated prior to Remembrance Day 2006, in the presence of Damien Green, the British Legion, representatives of the Council and the engineers who completed the work.

    from: Ashford.gov.uk - The Tank

    List of Public Tanks in England; Rather worryingly the Bucks one exploded during dismantlement...

    <table summary="Contains the actual search results" class="resultsTable" border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="5" width="100%"><tbody><tr><th>UKNIWM Ref No</th><th>Memorial Title</th><th>County, Country</th><th>City / Town / Village</th><th>Building</th></tr> <tr> <td>55301</td> <td>Tank (lost)</td> <td>BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, ENGLAND</td> <td>Aylesbury Vale</td> <td> </td></tr> <tr> <td>43725</td> <td>ASHFORD TANK WW1</td> <td>KENT, ENGLAND</td> <td>ASHFORD</td> <td> </td></tr> <tr> <td>41824</td> <td>TANK NO 28881 (LOST)</td> <td>DURHAM, ENGLAND</td> <td>DARLINGTON</td> <td>SOUTH PARK</td></tr> <tr> <td>48304</td> <td>SOUTH SHIELDS - WW1 TANK</td> <td>TYNE AND WEAR, ENGLAND</td> <td>SOUTH SHIELDS</td> <td> </td></tr> <tr> <td>54579</td> <td>Portsmouth Tank WW1 (Lost)</td> <td>HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND</td> <td>Portsmouth</td> <td>Victoria Barracks</td></tr> <tr> <td>37850</td> <td>BRITISH TANK WW1 (LOST)</td> <td>HEREFORD AND WORCESTER, ENGLAND</td> <td>EVESHAM</td> <td>ABBEY PARK</td></tr> <tr> <td>42917</td> <td>WARRINGTON TANK WW1 (LOST)</td> <td>CHESHIRE, ENGLAND</td> <td>WARRINGTON</td> <td>IN VICTORIA PARK</td></tr> <tr> <td>20608</td> <td>MARK 4 TANK 285 (LOST)</td> <td>GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND</td> <td>CHELTENHAM</td> <td> </td></tr> <tr> <td>41974</td> <td>DURHAM TANK NO 2783 WW1 (LOST)</td> <td>DURHAM, ENGLAND</td> <td>DURHAM</td> <td>WHARTON PARK</td></tr> <tr> <td>34482</td> <td>SHARPNESS POINT - WW1 TANK AND GUNS (LOST)</td> <td>TYNE AND WEAR, ENGLAND</td> <td>TYNEMOUTH</td> <td> </td></tr> <tr> <td>41696</td> <td>FARNHAM AND THE TERRITORIAL ARMY WW2</td> <td>SURREY, ENGLAND</td> <td>FARNHAM</td> <td>TA CENTRE</td></tr> <tr> <td>25719</td> <td>SLAPTON BEACH D DAY PRACTICE - WW2</td> <td>DEVONSHIRE (DEVON), ENGLAND</td> <td>TORCROSS</td> <td> </td></tr></tbody></table>
     
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  13. Steve G

    Steve G Senior Member

    Portsmouth WW1 Tank ~ " Lost ".

    What happened there then, Adam? Entrusted to the Council ....? :rolleyes:
     
  14. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Adam -
    we have a Sherman Mk 4 in a nearby town which some jumped up Major thought should be moved into the Okanagan to be near the B.C. Dragoons - but the public outcry including some advice go ..er ... 'go away' ...means that it still has pride of place in Chilliwack B.C. - it only a nine hour flight from Heathrow then an hour's drive out of Vancouver - I'll put the kettle on....

    Cheers
     
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Theres a 432 previously mentioned by Paul on a roundabout is Ashford outside the TA Centre.

    There's also a WW2 tank outside a trading estate in Chapletown, Sheffield. I don't know much about it but I think there used to be a factory making them there during WW2. The tank is a Churchill I think :unsure:

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  16. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Museum of Lincolnshire life's, Mark IV female tank 'Flirt'

    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=6&pictureid=122
     
  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    There's also a WW2 tank outside a trading estate in Chapletown, Sheffield. I don't know much about it but I think there used to be a factory making them there during WW2. The tank is a Churchill I think :unsure:
    Would that be near Newton Chambers that was? It is/was indeed a Churchill Andy, gone now to private restoration.

    Not seen that Lincoln one in the flesh Bod, though the name rings a bell.

    The Pompey WW1 tank on the 'lost' list may be the same that was run during WW2 as part of local defences. Disabled in an auto accident?
     
  18. Jakob Kjaersgaard

    Jakob Kjaersgaard Senior Member

    Here's a few I stumbled across in Normandy... And a single T34 from Berlin.

    Jakob
     

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  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Would that be near Newton Chambers that was? It is/was indeed a Churchill Andy, gone now to private restoration.

    Not seen that Lincoln one in the flesh Bod, though the name rings a bell.

    The Pompey WW1 tank on the 'lost' list may be the same that was run during WW2 as part of local defences. Disabled in an auto accident?


    I don't Know of a Newton Chambers, the tank and commercial estate was just of Junction 36A of the M1.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  20. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I just found a picture of it. Its locate din Tankersley. Like I said though it was afew years ago when I last saw it.

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