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ATDU and Solitary Vehicles, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain

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Location Category ID:
3025
Added to Database:
7 March 2011
Last Edited:
29 March 2012
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Army UK
Latitude, Longitude: 50.69912157 , -2.24322796
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Long term:
1: T-54A(M) Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (18 Command Workshops – September 1976-May 1977)
2: FV101 Scorpion CVR(T) Light Tank - Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, South East England, Britain (AFV D&M School – Until April 2005)
3: A13 Covenanter Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Restored by 18 Base Workshop REME 1983-5)
4: FV4003 Centurion AVRE 165 Engineer Vehicle - Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, Kent, South East England, Britain (Until ca2009)
5: FV4005 Self-Propelled Heavy Anti-Tank Gun - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (September 1982-June 1998)
6: FV4201 Chieftain Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (ATDU gate guardian 1989-98)
7: FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (RAC Centre – 1977-8)
8: Chieftain Willich AVRE Engineer Vehicle - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (RAC Centre 1980)
9: Chieftain Willich AVRE Engineer Vehicle - The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (RAC Training Regiment)
10: Chieftain 900 Tank - Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School, Lulworth Camp, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Presumed location – BAEE 1982)
11: Chieftain 2000 Tank - Witham Specialist Vehicles Limited, Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Britain (Served at RAC Centre)
12: FV4030/4 Challenger 1 Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (February-March 1986)
13: Mark IV Heavy Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (REME Workshop – 1971-1974)
14: A1E1 Independent Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Bovington Camp defence summer 1940)
15: FV3903 Churchill Mark VII AVRE Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (ATDU gate guardian – dates unknown)
16: A43 Black Prince Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (D&M School – dates unknown)
17: FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Dates unknown)

Short term:
1: Chieftain Willich AVRE Engineer Vehicle - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (18 Base Workshop - 1987)
2: FV4030/4 Challenger 1 Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Restoration by ABRO ca2003)


The role of the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) is to carry out user trials and development tasks on armoured vehicle equipment. It is not limited to armoured vehicles but can include looking at fuel for armoured vehicles, clothing for their crews, and so on. The ATDU has had one or more gate guardians outside its base for many years.
Other units around Bovington Camp also have tanks on display as gate guardians.

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October, 2008

A view along King George V Road towards Stanley Barracks
1: A view along King George V Road towards Stanley Barracks

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 436
Added: 7 March 2011
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