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ALDERSHOT MILITARY MUSEUM AND MWEE, ALDERSHOT, HAMPSHIRE, SOUTH EAST ENGLAND, BRITAIN



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Location Category ID:
3130
Address: Queens Avenue, North Camp, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 2LG
Telephone: 0845 603 5635
Email:
Opening Times: 1000-1700 Wednesday-Friday
1100-1600 Saturday-Sunday
Official Website: Aldershot Military Museum
Aldershot Collection
MWEE
Other Links: Flickr – Roguey Album
Latitude, Longitude: 51.26973563 , -0.75065106
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Long term:
1: L1E3 Amphibious Light Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Trials at MWEE June 1939)
2: Vickers D3E1 Wheel-cum-Track Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Trials at MWEE ca1930)
3: Chieftain 900 Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Presumed location – BAEE 1980)
4: A1E1 Independent Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Trials ca1927 presumed at MWEE)

Short term:
1: Kleine Panzerbefehlswagen Command Vehicle - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Trials 1943)
2: Chieftain 900 Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Presumed location – BAEE 1982)


Aldershot Military Museum in Aldershot Military Town in Hampshire was conceived by former Aldershot Garrison Commander, the late Brigadier John Reed (1926-1992). Reed believed that is was essential to preserve the history of the Military Town and established the Aldershot Military Historical Trust to raise funds for the establishment of the Museum. Reed acquired the two Victorian barrack bungalows in which the Museum is still based; these are the only two surviving barrack bungalows, built in the ‘North Camp’ area of Farnborough in the 1890s. The Museum was opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester in 1984 and tells the story of the British Army in Aldershot, the ‘Home of the British Army’, from the Army's arrival in the area in the 1850s to the present day. It also acts as the local history Museum for the civil towns of Aldershot and Farnborough, which form the modern Borough of Rushmoor. (Source: Wikipedia).
Elles Barracks (previously Pinehurst Barracks) at Aldershot was originally a hutted camp situated next to the Royal Aircraft Establishment. It was occupied by the 2nd Battalion Royal Tanks Corps from 1921-1939. It also housed the Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment (MWEE), as well as the 4th Battalion Royal Tanks Corps from 1937-1939. The Royal Army Service Corps occupied the barracks following the Second World War, and the camp was demolished in the 1970s. (Source: Hants.gov.uk).

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Location ID:
3132
Latitude, Longitude:51.2695846, -0.75027287
Location Accuracy:7



1) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


Number of Photos:
22
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Unique ID: 1630
Serial Number: 52 (hull): “FV469251/1 ESCC 52” cast into glacis.
41 (turret): “FV478236 WAR SER N° 41” cast into right turret side.
Registration: 00 EB 59: “00 EB 59” painted on nose and right rear mud flap.
Name: “ANTRIM” painted on side stowage boxes.
Other Identification: “A635”, “D630” and “E575” cast into Stillbrew armour. “0C” in yellow triangle painted on hull side plates and turret rear. Yellow triangle also painted on turret sides. Convoy marking painted on hull rear. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme. Hull front and right turret side are rusted.

This Chieftain is a Mark 11. The tactical markings indicate the tank of the Second in Command (0C) of A Squadron (triangle). It is in running order (source: Aldershot Collections web page). Its label reads:

Service History 00 EB 59
Following its introduction in 1967, 00 EB 59 went into service with the following regiments or units until finally decommissioning in 1994.

1967 17/21st Lancers, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)
1967 4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)
1973 Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales Own), British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)
1975 2ADS British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)
1975 British Army Training Unit Suffield, Canada (BATUS)
1978 Queens Royal Irish Hussars
1979 3 Royal Tank Regiment, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)
1982 2ADS British Army of the Rhine (BAOR)
1983 Queens Royal Irish Hussars
1989 23 Base Workshop (normal MOD scheduled rebuild)
1989 Queens Own Hussars
1996 Gifted to Aldershot Military Museum


2) FV4030/4 Challenger 1 Tank British


Number of Photos:
23
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Unique ID: 2437
Serial Number:
Registration: 94 KC 38: “94 KC 38” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Challenger is fitted with long range fuel tanks on the hull rear. Its label reads: “Service history of 94 KC 38. This particular vehicle was manufactured as a prototype, and then was added to the Army’s fleet of training Challengers in 1991. After this time it was used in that role by both the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and the Royal Tank Regiment. The vehicle was transferred from the Army to the museum in January 2004, having been replaced in service by Challenger 2.”
It is not known exactly where this Challenger served, but given its training role it was likely to have been at Warminster (Salisbury Plain), or possibly Bovington.

Armoured Vehicle Display Area



Location ID:
3134
Latitude, Longitude:51.26993952, -0.75068056
Location Accuracy:7



3) FV101 Scorpion CVR(T) Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 2187
Serial Number:
Registration: 02FD54: “02 FD 54” painted on nose and hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a sand and green camouflage scheme. Weight classification (“10”) and Union Jack flag painted on nose. Convoy marking painted on hull rear.

The label for this well-travelled Scorpion reads:

Service History 02 FD 54
following its introduction in 1973, 02 FD 54 was based with the following
regiments or units until finally decommissioning in 1998.

1973 C Squadron 16/5th Lancers (Hong Kong)
1974 1 Royal Tank Regiment (Hong Kong)
1982 Vehicle Depot Ludgershall
1985 The Life Guards (Windsor)
1988 34 Base Repair Workshops
1988 Vehicle Depot Ludgershall
1998 Aldershot Military Museum


4) FV107 Scimitar CVR(T) Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 2438
Serial Number:
Registration: 00 SP 98.
Name:
Other Identification:

This Scimitar has had its gun barrel replaced with tubing. Its label reads: “Service History of 00 SP 98. Little is known about the service of this vehicle but we can tell from the SP in the army registration number that it was a ‘Special Project’ vehicle used for trials and testing purposes”.


5) Sexton Self-Propelled Gun Canadian


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 1865
Serial Number: 1164: “1164” stamped into hull rear.
Registration: S234007: “S234007” painted on superstructure sides.
Name:
Other Identification: Charging bull insignia painted on superstructure front. Weight classification (“28”) painted on front right mud flap.

This Sexton appears to be fitted with Sherman tank track and is mounted on a sandbagged ramp. It has fittings for a tarpaulin cover. At one time it was held at the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill (source: Gander/Outlines WP2: 25 pounder gun). Its label reads: “Sexton Self Propelled Gun 1945 … After the war they were used by units of the Royal Artillery as well as Territorial Army units. They were withdrawn from service in the mid 1950s. Many were sold to overseas armies such as this one which saw service with the Portuguese Army until the 1970s. This vehicle is on loan from the Royal Artillery Institution.”