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CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM, LEBRETON FLATS, OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA



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Location Category ID:
8100
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Official Website: Canadian War Museum
Other Links: Wikipedia
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Latitude, Longitude: 45.417249 , -75.71699023
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: M4A4 Sherman Tank - Sword and Ploughshares Museum, Reeve Craig, Kars, Ontario, Canada (Dates unknown)


The Canadian War Museum (CWM) is Canada’s national museum of military history. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the museum covers all facets of Canada’s military past, from the first recorded instances of death by armed violence in Canadian history several hundred years ago to the country’s most recent involvement in conflicts. It includes major permanent exhibitions on wars that have been fought on Canadian soil, the total wars of the twentieth century, the Cold War and peace support operations abroad, and Canada’s history of honouring and remembrance. There is also an open storage area displaying large objects from the Museum’s collection, from naval guns to tanks, from motorcycles to jet aircraft.
Much of the Museum’s public exhibition space is devoted to its Canadian Experience Galleries. These displays underline the profound effect that war has had on Canada’s development and the significant role Canadians have played in international conflicts. Their content is a rich mixture of some 2,500 objects from war art to armoured vehicles, as well as scores of audio-visual displays and many hands-on activities. A changing program of temporary or special exhibitions, plus public programs and special events, complement the experience offered in the permanent galleries. The CWM also houses the Military History Research Centre, a leading library and archival research facility, and a large collection of some 500,000 artefacts, including uniforms, medals, weapons, war art, aircraft, military vehicles and artillery. (Source: Wikipedia).
The CWM originated in 1880. Its current building opened in May 2005, and includes the collection of armoured vehicles and other large artefacts that were previously housed at Vimy House.

Gallery 3: Forged In Fire

The theme of this gallery is ‘The Second World War, 1931–1945’ with areas for Dieppe, Italy, Normandy, etc.

Location ID:
8110
Latitude, Longitude:45.417128, -75.716363
Location Accuracy:7



1) Sturmgeschütz III Assault Gun German


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Unique ID: 138
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2) M4A4 Sherman Tank American


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Unique ID: 2470
Serial Number: 21424 (source: A. Adams).
Registration: “CT228619” painted on hull sides.
Name: “FORCEFUL III” painted on hull sides.
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This was one of four “war trophy” Shermans brought back from Europe after World War II, along with “Bomb” (Sherbrooke) and “Holy Roller” (London). (Source: CHAFVR).
This Sherman tank, nicknamed “Forceful III”, is dedicated to the memory of the member of the Governor General’s Foot Guards killed during the Second World War while operating as an armoured regiment. “Forceful III”, an M4A4 Sherman tank of the Governor General’s Foot Guards, landed in France in July 1944. Although damaged on several occasions, it was the regiment’s only tank, of the 69 issued before D-Day, to fight through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany without being put out of action. It was brought back to Canada in 1946. It was placed in front of Cartier Square Drill Hall as a memorial shortly after its return from Europe in 1946. It remained in this location until about 2004 when the area in front of the drill hall was renovated and the tank relocated to the Canadian War Museum (CWM). Forceful III continues to be commemorated at the drill hall with a plaque located within the armoury itself. (Source: NDCF – Memorials).


3) Wasp Flamethrower Carrier British


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Unique ID: 2481
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Registration: “CT 267065” painted on superstructure sides.
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Other Identification: White stars painted on superstructure sides.

Gallery 4: A Violent Peace

The theme of this gallery is ‘The Cold War, Peacekeeping and Recent Conflicts, 1945 to the present’ with areas for Korea, NATO, the Cold War and Wars of Peace.

Location ID:
8120
Latitude, Longitude:45.417459, -75.716794
Location Accuracy:7



4) T-72M1 Tank Soviet


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Unique ID: 2475
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Other Identification: “102 87” painted on glacis.

This T-72 is displayed in the Cold War gallery in a tableau with a uniformed mannequin in the commander’s position.


5) A41 Centurion Tank British


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Unique ID: 2476
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This Mark 11 is displayed in the NATO gallery (source: A. Adams). It is shown with a uniformed mannequin in the commander’s position. It previously served with the Royal Canadian Dragoons (source: CHAFVR), presumably at CFB Petawawa.

LeBreton Gallery

This gallery houses the museum’s military technology collection.

Location ID:
8130
Latitude, Longitude:45.417306, -75.715727
Location Accuracy:7



6) Panzerkampfwagen II Tank German


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Unique ID: 19
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Other Identification: “112” painted on turret sides. German crosses painted on hull sides.


7) Panther Tank German


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9
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Unique ID: 43
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8) Leopard C2 Tank German


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Unique ID: 2465
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Registration: 78-85049 (source: CHAFVR).
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9) M5A1 Stuart Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 2466
Serial Number: 3799 (source: A. Adams).
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Other Identification: White star painted on glacis.


10) M24 Chaffee Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 2467
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Registration: 45-7890 (source: CHAFVR).
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Other Identification: “45” on blue/green square unit insignia painted on front right mud flap. Canadian maple leaf marking painted on front left mud flap.

This M24 is ex-Ontario Regiment (source: CHAFVR).


11) M3 Lee I Tank American


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Unique ID: 2468
Serial Number: 3714 (source: H. Spoelstra/CHAFVR).
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This M3 is fitted with a low-profile cupola.


12) M4A1 Sherman Grizzly Tank American / Canadian


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Unique ID: 2469
Serial Number: 178 (shop number, source: A. Adams).
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13) M4A2 (76) HVSS Sherman Tank American


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Unique ID: 2472
Serial Number: 65001 (source: A. Adams).
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This Sherman has been sectioned to display its interior. It is missing its turret, tracks and other parts.


14) M4A2 (76) HVSS Sherman Tank American


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Unique ID: 2471
Serial Number: 65251 (source: A. Adams, but 64994 according to CHAFVR).
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15) M109A4 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


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Unique ID: 2473
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Registration: 85-77249 (source: CHAFVR).
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green, brown and black camouflage scheme.


16) T-34-85 Tank Soviet


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Unique ID: 2474
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17) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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Unique ID: 2477
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Registration: 01 EB 92: “01EB92” painted on nose.
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and sand camouflage scheme.

This Chieftain is a Mark 11 with Stillbrew armour around the turret. It was built as a Mark 2 and left service in March 1999 (source: R. Griffin/Chieftain).


18) Valentine Tank British


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Unique ID: 2478
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This is a Mark 7A (source: A. Adams). It is in a very poor, damaged and rusty condition.


19) A22 Churchill Tank British


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Unique ID: 2479
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Registration: 1792653 (source: CHAFVR).
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This Churchill Mark III is missing its mud guards and appears to be fitted with a fake gun. It is fitted with wading equipment similar to that used by the Canadians for the Dieppe Raid.


20) Churchill Great Eastern Ramp Armoured Ramp Carrier British


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Unique ID: 2480
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Registration: T172796/D (source: CHAFVR).
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This Ramp Carrier is displayed with a Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck on its ramp.


21) L3/33 Tankette Italian


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Unique ID: 2482
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a sand, green and brown camouflage scheme.


22) M1917 Six-Ton Light Tank French / American


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Unique ID: 2486
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In the early days of the Second World War Canada imported about 250 of these tanks, which were sold as scrap metal by the then-neutral United States. The tanks arrived at Camp Borden (now Canadian Forces Base Borden) in October 1940 and remained in service as training vehicles for the next three years. Although slow and unreliable, they were a useful stopgap until newer tanks became available. In 1943, many were scrapped for the much-needed steel they contained, while a few were sold as surplus for use as tractors. Such had been the fate of the War Museum’s M1917, which was modified and used for years as a logging tractor near Bracebridge, Ontario. The M1917 was acquired from the Reynolds Museum in Alberta in 1997. It was in very poor condition when it arrived at the War Museum and required extensive restoration and reconstruction work – including an international search for surviving parts from other tanks and the construction of a new upper hull and turret. Museum staff, volunteers, and contractors spent about 5,000 hours on the restoration and reconstruction, which was generously supported by Richard Iorweth Thorman, the Friends of the Canadian War Museum, and DEW Engineering. (Source: CWM).
Prior to restoration the vehicle was in poor shape; the upper hull and turret had been removed and discarded. M1917 tracks and running gear salvaged from the Kingston, Ontario rifle ranges were mated with the surviving hull, and turret and remaining hull pieces were fabricated in Ottawa by DEW Engineering. (Source: CanadianSoldiers.com).


23) Sexton Self-Propelled Gun Canadian


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Unique ID: 2483
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CWM Storage



Location ID:
8140
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
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24) Panzer IV/70 Tank Destroyer German


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Unique ID: 204
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25) Leopard 1A4 Tank German


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Unique ID: 2489
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Registration: 73-12422 (source: Tango24B/Forums.army.ca)
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Other Identification: Maple leaf emblem painted on turret sides. Painted overall in a green, black and brown camouflage scheme.


26) Universal Carrier 2pdr Equipped Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun British


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Unique ID: 2488
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Registration: “T6?104?” painted on superstructure side.
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Other Identification: Painted overall in a sand and green camouflage scheme.

This carrier is in a very poor and rusted condition.


27) FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled Howitzer British


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Unique ID: 2487
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28) Ram Tank Canadian


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Unique ID: 2491
Serial Number: 155 (source: J. DeMarco/CHAFVR).
Registration: CT-39935 (source: J. DeMarco/CHAFVR).
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This Ram II was previously at the Kars Swords and Ploughshares Museum (source: SCACT). It was displayed at Kars in its previous form with a square high-sided structure built around the upper hull, having been converted into a snowplough for civilian use. Photographs indicate it was there at least from 2000 to 2008.


29) Ram Tank Canadian


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Unique ID: 2484
Serial Number: 171 (shop number, source: CHAFVR).
Registration: CT-39951 (source: CHAFVR).
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This Ram II was seen on display in 2006. In 2012 it was undergoing restoration (source: SCACT).


30) Ram Kangaroo Armoured Personnel Carrier Canadian


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Unique ID: 2492
Serial Number: 1112 (source: Sherman Register).
Registration: CT-40892 (source: Sherman Register).
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This Kangaroo was originally recovered from Rainham Marshes in London, UK; it was one of three tanks standing behind a rifle range in the 1970s-80s. It was the last one there in 1993. It went to a UK dealer then to a Dutch dealer then to a Belgium dealer, who traded it to the Canadian War Museum. It is awaiting restoration. (Source: H. Spoelstra/Sherman Register via HMVF).
It arrived at the CWM on 9 June 2004 as a Ram tank but the turret was sitting loosely on top of the tank. The interior of the tank was painted green, the interior has a bracket for a second No.19 set, the ammo racks etc. had been removed, and the gunners seat had been removed. The tank still shows remnants of the formation symbol (171 on a green over brown field with a white bar below); this is believed to be HQ Squadron of the 1st Cdn Armd Bde. (Source: C. Law/MapleLeafUp).
It was probably used by HQ Squadron of the 1st Cdn Armd Bde while it was still a tank, and was later converted into a Kangaroo after they had converted to Sherman tanks. It was listed as ‘stock’ in the ‘Ram Tanks on Canadian Census Charge’ of 28 July 1945 so most likely still a Ram Cruiser Tank by the end of WW2, struck off charge by the Canadian Army in the UK and then acquired by the British Army, de-turreted and used as a Kangaroo after WW2 (Source: H. Spoelstra/MapleLeafUp).


31) Ram Kangaroo Armoured Personnel Carrier Canadian


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Unique ID: 2493
Serial Number: 321 (source: SCACT).
Registration: CT-40101 (source: SCACT), but “CT 40872” painted on nose and hull rear.
Name: “MARION II” painted on hull sides.
Other Identification: “CIV” painted on nose. Bull’s head insignia painted on nose and right hull rear. “157” on green/blue split rectangle painted on left hull rear. Kangaroo insignia and white stars painted on hull sides.

This was the first Ram to be built without side doors. It was acquired from the Swords and Ploughshares Museum at Kars; when seen there in 2000 it was stored outside and very rusty. It had previously been converted into a bulldozer. (Source: D. Herbert/SCACT).
It underwent restoration at the Canadian War Museum from the summer of 2010 to September 2011.