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UNIQUE ID 1581: CHAR B1-BIS HEAVY TANK

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Tank Story Hall)


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Unique ID: 1581
Added to Database: 25 February 2011
Last Edited: 20 March 2012
Type (ID): Char B1 (6800)
Model (ID): Char B1-bis (6804)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): Tank Story Hall (3004)
Serial Number: 36: “36” stamped on maker’s plate.
Registration: 30002: “30002” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Spade symbol in white square painted on left turret side. Painted overall in a German late-war camouflage scheme.
Collection Reference: E1951.40. (Accession 4051, Entry 1951.1007).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
Channel Islands Occupation Society – Pictures
Jersey War Tunnels – Press Release
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Renault S.A., Boulogne-Billancourt, Île-de-France, North East France, France (Manufactured 1938)
2: War Tunnels, Saint Lawrence, Jersey, South West England, Britain (German service March/April 1942 - 1945)
3: Directorate of Tank Design, Chertsey, Surrey, South East England, Britain (From May 1946)
4: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)
5: War Tunnels, Saint Lawrence, Jersey, South West England, Britain (February-August 2008)
6: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved French Tanks publication:

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Text in Preserved French Tanks Update:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This B1 was manufactured by Renault in 1938. It was issued to 1st Platoon, 1st Company, Panzer Abteilung 213, Panzer Division Schweizingen for service in the Channel Islands and was captured on Jersey at the end of the war. Panzer Abteilung 213 was formed in the autumn of 1941 to operate French tanks, and arrived in Jersey and Guernsey in March and April 1942 on the SS Derindje and SS Livadia. This tank was number 114. The regiment never fired a shot in anger, although many of its recruits fought in other panzer regiments. The tanks were returned to France in May 1946, although this one was sent to the School of Tank Technology in Britain before being moved to the Tank Museum. (Source: Museum Vehicle Record).
This Char B1 was put on the museum books in 1951. It went on a six month loan to the Jersey War Tunnels museum in February 2008.


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March 2011

Front right view
1: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6952
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55880237...
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Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6953
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55874450...
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Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6954
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55874506...
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Rear right view
4: Rear right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6955
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55874386...
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Maker
5: Maker's plate with serial number

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6956
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55880496...
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October 2008

Upper rear left view
6: Upper rear left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4587
Added: 25 February 2011
Filename: P1030268...
Views: 90
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Upper rear left view
7: Upper rear left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4588
Added: 25 February 2011
Filename: P1030287...
Views: 101
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February 2008

Front right view
8: Front right view

Taken: 21 February 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4590
Added: 25 February 2011
Filename: Dig_Char...
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October 1982

Front right view
9: Front right view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6729
Added: 12 February 2012
Filename: Scan_Cha...
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