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OTTERBURN TRAINING AREA (OTA), NORTHUMBERLAND NATIONAL PARK, NORTHUMBERLAND, NORTH EAST ENGLAND, BRITAIN



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Location Category ID:
3770
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Official Website: Otterburn Training Area
Otterburn
Other Links: Wikipedia
Latitude, Longitude: 55.31869431 , -2.23097562
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: A24 Cavalier Tank - Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Recovered mid1990s)
2: A11 Matilda I Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Recovered early 1990s)
3: A22 Churchill AVRE Tank - Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Until October 2002)
4: Conqueror Armoured Recovery Vehicle - Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Dates unknown)


Otterburn Training Area (OTA) is the second largest live firing range in the country and has been used for military training since 1911. It consists of over 60,000 acres of land and has the largest impact area in the UK. Approximately 29,000 acres (11,750 hectares) is set aside for ‘dry’ (i.e. non-live firing) training. Some 30,000 soldiers use the area each year and may spend several weeks training here. Hutted camps can accommodate a maximum of 1,600 visiting troops at any one time. The wide variety of terrain provides a realistic environment for British and NATO soldiers to train with the latest infantry weapons, artillery and helicopters. There are two main live firing range areas at Otterburn for artillery, demolitions, all infantry weapons and restricted armoured vehicle firing. Fighter aircraft and helicopters also practice ground attack firing, and there are parachute dropping zones. A wide selection of live firing ranges provide facilities for weapons from 5.56mm calibre small arms to 155mm artillery and 30mm guns on armoured reconnaissance vehicles. The soft nature of the ground precludes the use of heavy armoured vehicles such as Main Battle Tanks. (Source: OTA/MOD).

Dun Lee



Location ID:
3772
Latitude, Longitude:55.32082789, -2.18382239
Location Accuracy:7



1) FV4006 Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle British


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Unique ID: 2151
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This Centurion ARV appears to be in a poor and rusted condition, but retains its tracks.


2) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 2152
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Other Identification: “[12]” painted in yellow on turret sides and rear. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This is a Mark 11 that appears to be in fairly good condition. Its NBC compartment is hanging open.


3) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 2153
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Bushman’s Road



Location ID:
3774
Latitude, Longitude:55.31185937, -2.27014124
Location Accuracy:7



4) A41 Centurion Tank British


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Unique ID: 2154
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This Centurion appears to be in poor condition and to be missing its tracks.

Tofthouse Road



Location ID:
3776
Latitude, Longitude:55.32240588, -2.20538735
Location Accuracy:7



5) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 2155
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Mark 11 with Stillbrew turret armour sits just next to the road.

Redesdale



Location ID:
3778
Latitude, Longitude:55.33404804, -2.22888886
Location Accuracy:5



6) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 2156
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This Chieftain sits on the hill at the tank range at Redesdale. Elevated rail tracks are part of a target railway where small trucks carry large polystyrene targets down the hillside while Apache helicopters fire rockets at them. (Source: W. Stafford/Geograph).


7) FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank British


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Unique ID: 2157
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Other Identification: Gun barrel and parts of turret appear to be painted white.

The distinctive shape of a Conqueror appears to be visible in satellite views of the Redesdale Range.

Unknown Locations



Location ID:
3779
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
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8) M47 Patton Tank American


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Unique ID: 2161
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An article in Current Archaeology magazine, issue 232, shows a rusty M47 Patton tank at Otterburn.


9) A41 Centurion Tank British


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Unique ID: 2158
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Other Identification: Large parts of hull and turret appear to be painted white.

A post on the WW2Talk Forum shows a Centurion at Otterburn with its gun traversed across its engine deck.


10) A22 Churchill AVRE Tank British


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Unique ID: 2163
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This Churchill Mark IV AVRE is located in the Otterburn Impact Area (source: Churchill Register). It is a badly damaged wreck; the top of the hull is missing and the turret sits on the ground beside the hull.


11) A22 Churchill AVRE Tank British


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This Churchill Mark IV AVRE is located in the Otterburn Impact Area (source: Churchill Register). It is badly damaged and is missing its gun, but otherwise appears to be largely intact.


12) A22 Churchill AVRE Tank British


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Unique ID: 2165
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This Churchill Mark IV AVRE is located in the Otterburn Impact Area. It is possibly a driver training tank as the turret is not fitted with a Petard and lacks traversing gear. (Source: Churchill Register). It is badly damaged and is missing its gun, but otherwise appears to be largely intact.


13) FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank British


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Unique ID: 2160
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Other Identification: Gun barrel and parts of turret appear to be painted white.

A photograph of this Conqueror at Otterburn shows it with many small penetrations, the effects of HEAT round strikes (source: R. Griffin/Conqueror). Its gun is traversed half-left.


14) FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank British


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Unique ID: 2159
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Registration: 41 BA 53.
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This Conqueror was delivered to Otterburn then filmed by BAE having a strike on it by a Swingfire anti-tank missile; this was shown on the Frederick Forsyth television series on the British Army in the 1980s (source: R. Griffin/Conqueror). This Conqueror is badly damaged; its turret is traversed to the rear and it is missing its main gun.