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UNIQUE ID 1090: A22 CHURCHILL AVRE TANK

Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Britain

(Location: Inside Land Warfare Hall)


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Unique ID: 1090
Added to Database: December 2009
Last Edited: December 2009
Type (ID): A22 Churchill AVRE (3905)
Model (ID): Churchill AVRE (3905)
Location Category (ID): Imperial War Museum (3300)
Location (ID): Inside Land Warfare Hall (3304)
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name: “BULLDOG” painted on air intakes on hull sides.
Other Identification: “1233” painted on nose and hull rear. “2B” painted on turret rear. Bull’s head emblem painted on nose and hull rear.
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Vauxhall Motors Limited, Luton, Bedfordshire, East England, Britain (Churchill design parent and primary manufacturer)
2: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, East England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in Preserved British Tanks Update:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This AVRE appears to have been in very poor condition before having a cosmetic restoration; the metal of the hull and turret are pock-marked and the track guards are fake. It was previously on display on a bridge section at Hermanville-sur-Mer in Normandie, France. Although a Centaur tank (Unique ID 765) is now there, plaques commemorating this AVRE remain there. One states “CHURCHILL AVRE REFURBISHED SEPTEMBER 1998 BY 6 HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON 22 ENGINEER REGIMENT”. The second states “AT 0730 HRS ON 6TH JUNE 1944, 70 SPECIALLY REDESIGNED CHURCHILL TANKS EQUIPPED WITH FASCINES, FLAILS, BANGALORE TORPEDOES AND BRIDGES LANDED FROM 10 LANDING CRAFT AND CLEARED THE BEACH OBSTACLES INTO A 200M WIDE SAFE LANE IN ORDER THAT THE ADVANCING TROOPS COULD LAND SAFELY ON THE BEACH. THIS CHURCHILL AVRE MK III NOW STANDS AS A MEMORIAL TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVED AND DIED ON THESE SHORES”.


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June 2008

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 15 June 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2341
Added: 17 December 2009
Filename: IMG_0436...
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Front view
2: Front view

Taken: 15 June 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2342
Added: 17 December 2009
Filename: IMG_0437...
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Rear right view
3: Rear right view

Taken: 15 June 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2343
Added: 17 December 2009
Filename: IMG_0434...
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Air intake with name
4: Air intake with name

Taken: 15 June 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2344
Added: 17 December 2009
Filename: IMG_0435...
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Date Unknown

Front left view, at Hermanville
5: Front left view, at Hermanville

Taken: Date Unknown
Contributor: R. Besecke
Photo ID: 2394
Added: 2010 (Estimated)
Filename: Scan_Chu...
Views: 133
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