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ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS GUNNERY SCHOOL, LULWORTH CAMP, DORSET, SOUTH WEST ENGLAND, BRITAIN



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Location Category ID:
3035
Address: Range Control, The AFV Gunnery School, Lulworth Camp, Nr Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QF
Telephone: 01929 404714, 01929 404819,
Email:
Opening Times:
Official Website: Lulworth Ranges
Lulworth Access PDF
Other Links: Wikipedia
Dorset Tourist Information
Dartmoor Ranges PDF
Google Street View
Waymarking.com
Latitude, Longitude: 50.63574412 , -2.20293045
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Long term:
1: A34 Comet Tank - National Armor and Cavalry Museum, Fort Benning, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA (Dates unknown)
2: FV4401 Contentious Tank Destroyer - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Dates unknown)
3: A41 Centurion Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (February 1972 – March 1975)
4: FV4201 Chieftain Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Gunnery trials until November 1962)

Short term:
1: Mark VIII Harry Hopkins Light Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Trials – ca 1960s)
2: A41 Centurion Tank - The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (ca2001-2009)


The Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School barracks are located in the small village of East Lulworth. The School uses this area of the Purbeck hills, continuing all the way to Tyneham, for a gunnery range. The ranges are used for training gunnery instructors and for gunnery courses. The ranges are also used by ATDU and by some Field Army units.

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Location ID:
3035
Latitude, Longitude:50.63260022, -2.23450541
Location Accuracy:7



1) FV4034 Challenger 2 Tank British


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Unique ID: 1600
Serial Number:
Registration: 06SP90?: “06 SP 90” (unconfirmed) painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This is a Challenger 2 prototype.

Unknown Location



Location ID:
3036
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
Location Accuracy:0



2) M47 Patton Tank American / Belgian


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1
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Unique ID: 2109
Serial Number: 53381.
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This M47 was rescued on its way from Castlemartin, Wales, to Lulworth, Dorset, for use as a range target. It originally belonged to a Belgian Lancer regiment. It was put on the museum books in 1973. When another M47 in better condition was sent to the Lulworth ranges it was exchanged by the Bovington Museum and this one was sent in its place, in about 1987. Its current status is unknown.


3) Chieftain 900 Tank British


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Unique ID: 2124
Serial Number:
Registration: 53 MS 26: “53MS26” painted on nose. 53 MS 10 according to Museum Vehicle Record, 56 MS 78 according to Griffin/Chieftain.
Name:
Other Identification:

In 1981 Royal Ordnance, Leeds, launched Chieftain 900, a Chobham-armoured tank with the 900hp Condor E engine. Two prototypes were made, one was converted from the Chieftain 800 prototype with tinwork instead of Chobham armour. This one had a 900hp engine, but also did not have genuine Chobham armour. The tanks were exhibited at BAEE in 1982, but there were no orders and the project was abandoned by 1986. The two prototypes were originally allocated to SEME Bordon in an attempt to reduce the number of Challengers diverted for training, but one vehicle was then sent to the Tank Museum. (Source: Bovington Museum Vehicle Record).
This other prototype was sent to the ranges at Lulworth. Some sources (such as Griffin/Chieftain) state that its turret was given to the Chieftain 2000 prototype. However, this vehicle retains a turret with fixings that could indicated that at one time it mounted the external tinwork for a Chieftain 900 turret. Also the turret on the Chieftain 2000 has a slightly different shape, for example it has a much deeper gunner’s sight recess.

Bindon Range

The Bindon Range at Lulworth has been used as a tank firing range since 1916. It is close to the beach at Arish Mell.

Location ID:
3037
Latitude, Longitude:50.62404785, -2.20537528
Location Accuracy:7



4) FV4016 Centurion ARK Armoured Ramp Carrier British


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1
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Unique ID: 1606
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Large filter on turret rear. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This vehicle is an ex-Centurion ARK that was used for driver training and now has a Chieftain Mark 2 turret sitting on its engine deck (source: Ossie). It is badly damaged and appears to be fitted with a fake gun.


5) FV4016 Centurion ARK Armoured Ramp Carrier British


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3
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Unique ID: 1607
Serial Number:
Registration: 16 BA 24 (source: Ossie).
Name:
Other Identification: Stowage box across turret rear. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This vehicle is an ex-Centurion ARK that was used for driver training and now has a Chieftain Mark 10 Stillbrew turret sitting on its engine deck (source: Ossie). It is badly damaged and overgrown.

Heath / East Holme Range

Heath Range and the Tyneham Valley were taken into use by the Army during the Second World War.

Location ID:
3038
Latitude, Longitude:50.6318, -2.17644632
Location Accuracy:7



6) FV4006 Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle British


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2
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Unique ID: 1605
Serial Number:
Registration: 82 BA 48: “82 BA 48” or similar painted on hull right rear.
Name:
Other Identification: “41B” painted on right superstructure side. Fitted with rubber block track. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.


7) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1609
Serial Number: Turret: 140 (“FV478236 FHL ?? WAR SER Nº 140” cast into rear right turret side).
Registration: 04 EB 49: “04EB49” painted on nose and right rear mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification: Yellow high visibility markings on rear hull. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Stillbrew Chieftain is badly damaged. It was built as a Mark 2 at Leeds and its disposal date was August 1999 (source: R. Griffin/Chieftain). Its gun has been broken off close to the mantlet.


8) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1608
Serial Number: Turret: 92 (“FV478236 FHL ?? WAR SER Nº 92” cast into rear right turret side).
Registration: 0? EB 01: “0?EB01” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Yellow “32” in white triangle painted on left turret side. Chinese eye insignia painted on forward turret sides. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Stillbrew Chieftain is badly damaged. Its gun has been broken off close to the mantlet.


9) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1611
Serial Number:
Registration: 01 EB 07: “01EB07” painted on right rear mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification: Rusty, remains visible of a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Stillbrew Chieftain is badly damaged. It was built as a Mark 2 by Vickers (source: R. Griffin/Chieftain). Its gun has been broken off close to the mantlet.


10) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1612
Serial Number: Turret: 150 (“FV478236 FHL ?? WAR SER Nº 150” or similar cast into rear right turret side).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Overall bare rusted metal.

This Chieftain is little more than a rusted wreck, half buried in the ground. It consists of just the main hull and turret castings and is missing most other components.


11) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1636
Serial Number: Turret: 317 (“FV478236 FHL ?? WAR SER Nº 317” or similar cast into rear right turret side).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Overall bare rusted metal with multiple penetrations.

This Chieftain is little more than a rusted wreck. It consists primarily of the main hull and turret castings and some remaining roadwheels. All parts display many hits and penetrations through the front.


12) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1610
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Chieftain is badly damaged; it is missing many of its front roadwheels and suspension. Its gun has been broken off close to the mantlet.


13) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1637
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Rusty, painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Chieftain is badly damaged; it is missing some roadwheels, both idlers and both tracks. Its gun has been broken off close to the mantlet.


14) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1638
Serial Number:
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Name:
Other Identification: Overall bare rusted metal with multiple small calibre hits.

This Chieftain is little more than a rusted wreck. It consists primarily of the main hull and turret castings and some remaining roadwheels. All parts display many small calibre hits, particularly on the front.


15) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1639
Serial Number:
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Name:
Other Identification: Overall bare rusted metal with multiple small calibre hits.

This Chieftain is little more than a rusted wreck. It consists primarily of the main hull and turret castings and some remaining suspension. All parts display many small calibre hits, particularly on the left side.


16) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1640
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Overall bare rusted metal.

This Chieftain is little more than a rusted wreck, half buried and overgrown. It consists of just the main hull and turret castings and the gun barrel and is missing most other components.


17) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 1641
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Other Identification: Overall bare rusted metal.

This Chieftain is just a rusted wreck. It consists of parts of the hull and turret and is missing most other components.

Bindon Range – Target Storage

At the end of Bindon Range is an area of land where vehicles are stored, presumably awaiting their turn on the ranges as targets.

Location ID:
3039
Latitude, Longitude:50.62376283, -2.21262664
Location Accuracy:7



18) FV4006 Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1627
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Other Identification: Rusty, painted overall in a dark grey / green and black camouflage scheme.


19) FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer British


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Unique ID: 1613
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVLB has its bridge deployment apparatus stowed.


20) FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer British


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Unique ID: 1614
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVLB has its bridge deployment apparatus extended.


21) FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer British


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Unique ID: 1615
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and sand camouflage scheme.

This AVLB has its bridge deployment apparatus extended.


22) FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer British


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Unique ID: 1616
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and sand camouflage scheme.

This AVLB has its bridge deployment apparatus extended.


23) FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer British


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Unique ID: 1617
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVLB has its bridge deployment apparatus extended.


24) FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer British


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Unique ID: 1618
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVLB has its bridge deployment apparatus extended.


25) FV4205 Chieftain AVLB Bridgelayer British


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Unique ID: 1619
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVLB has its bridge deployment apparatus extended.


26) Chieftain AVRE Engineer Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1620
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and sand camouflage scheme.

This AVRE is missing its fascine.


27) Chieftain AVRE Engineer Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1621
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVRE is missing its fascine.


28) Chieftain AVRE Engineer Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1622
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVRE is missing its fascine.


29) Chieftain AVRE Engineer Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1623
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and sand camouflage scheme.

This AVRE is missing its fascine.


30) Chieftain AVRE Engineer Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1624
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and sand camouflage scheme.

This AVRE is missing its fascine.


31) Chieftain AVRE Engineer Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1625
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVRE is missing its fascine.


32) Chieftain AVRE Engineer Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 1626
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This AVRE is missing its fascine.