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ATDU AND SOLITARY VEHICLES, BOVINGTON, DORSET, SOUTH WEST ENGLAND, BRITAIN



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Location Category ID:
3025
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Other Links: Public Service
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.

Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU)



Location ID:
3025
Latitude, Longitude:50.7050291, -2.24647544
Location Accuracy:7



1) Ram Tank Canadian


Number of Photos:
3
Sample Photo from Tank with UniqueID 1596

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Unique ID: 1596
Serial Number:
Registration: “CT-4093” painted on hull sides.
Name:
Other Identification: Canadian flag painted on hull sides and transmission cover. Unit markings painted on transmission cover. “19” in yellow triangle painted on turret sides.

This Ram tank was recovered from Pirbright and restored by ATDU; the reason a Ram was chosen was availability, and ISTR ATDU had an exchange Canadian Officer at the time (source: A. Barrell).

Stanley Barracks

Two tanks are displayed outside the Junior Leader Regiment RAC barracks on King George V Road, opposite the Tank Museum. They can be visited and photographed if permission is obtained from the barracks guard room.

Location ID:
3026
Latitude, Longitude:50.69464053, -2.24507198
Location Accuracy:7



2) FV4030/4 Challenger 1 Tank British


Number of Photos:
10
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Unique ID: 1592
Serial Number:
Registration: 34KA17: “34 KA 17” painted on nose and hull rear.
Name: “COLERAINE” painted on forward hull sides.
Other Identification: “0B” and Desert Rats emblem painted on side skirts. Painted overall desert sand.


3) FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank British


Number of Photos:
11
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Unique ID: 1593
Serial Number:
Registration: 40BA95: “40 BA 95” previously painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification:

This Conqueror is a Mark 2.

Armour and Reconnaissance Wing, AFV D&M School

This is part of the AFV Driving and Maintenance School to the north of Linsay Road. It is not open to the public.

Location ID:
3027
Latitude, Longitude:50.69599084, -2.24170379
Location Accuracy:7



4) FV101 Scorpion CVR(T) Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1594
Serial Number:
Registration: 02 FD 90: “02 FD 90” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Scorpion is displayed on a concrete pad.

Armour and Reconnaissance Wing, AFV D&M School



Location ID:
3028
Latitude, Longitude:50.69640666, -2.23961435
Location Accuracy:7



5) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1597
Serial Number:
Registration: 01 EB 45: “01EB45” painted on nose and rear right mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Mark 11 is displayed on the grass beside the Armour and Reconnaissance Wing sign. It was built as a Mark 2 by Vickers and its disposal date was August 1997 (source: R. Griffin/Chieftain).

Headquarters, Royal Armoured Corps



Location ID:
3029
Latitude, Longitude:50.69870194, -2.23819077
Location Accuracy:7



6) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1598
Serial Number:
Registration: 04 EB 21: “04EB21” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This is a Mark 5. It was built as a Mark 2 at Leeds and its disposal date was January 1998 (source: R. Griffin/Chieftain). It was in service from 14 February 1968, and its service included time with the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards and in 17 BVD stock and at CVD Ludgershall (source: Museum Vehicle Record). It was put on Bovington museum books in 1992 and is currently on loan from the museum. It is mounted on a plinth that carries the RAC gauntlet insignia and reads:

HEADQUARTERS
ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS
1ST APRIL 1994

King George V Road / Amiens Road



Location ID:
3030
Latitude, Longitude:50.70100178, -2.24144228
Location Accuracy:7



7) FV4006 Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle British


Number of Photos:
0
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Unique ID: 1604
Serial Number:
Registration: 02 ZR 40: “02 ZR 40” painted on front.
Name:
Other Identification:

This ARV was seen on display outside the gates of 18 Command Workshop REME, near Amiens Road, in the 1980’s but could not be photographed as it was in a restricted area. Its current location and status are unknown.


8) FV4034 Challenger 2 Tank British


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1601
Serial Number:
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Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Challenger 2 was seen in October 2008 but could not be photographed as it was in a restricted area.

Balaclava Road / Boney Road



Location ID:
3032
Latitude, Longitude:50.7011156, -2.23568223
Location Accuracy:7



9) FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank British


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1603
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Other Identification: 05 BB 96: “05 BB 96” painted on nose.

This Conqueror is on display in front of the Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, at the intersection of Balaclava Road and Boney Road. It is a Mark 2.