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UNIQUE ID 1956: PRAYING MANTIS CARRIER

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: World War 2)


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Unique ID: 1956
Added to Database: 27 December 2011
Last Edited: 22 March 2012
Type (ID): Praying Mantis (3013)
Model (ID): Praying Mantis (3013)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): World War 2 (3010)
Serial Number:
Registration:
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Other Identification:
Collection Reference: E1951.47 (Accession 4751).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks: Mark VII Tetrarch CS Airborne Light Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Also restored by Vickers 1984/5)
Medium Mark II* Tank - The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Also restored by Vickers 1984/5)

Location History:
(see map)

1: Vickers-Armstrongs Limited, Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North East England, Britain (Design parent of base carrier)
2: County Commercial Cars of Fleet – Hampshire, England (Site of conversion)
3: Directorate of Tank Design, Chertsey, Surrey, South East England, Britain (Evaluation – dates unknown)
4: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

Praying Mantis was designed by Mr E J Tapp of County Commercial Cars and the original patent dates from 1937. Two prototypes were built of which this is the second. The idea was to create a low profile weapon carrier which could take advantage of natural cover but raise itself up, as necessary, to shoot over walls or other obstacles. (Source: Tank Museum Record). Tank museum photographs show it being evaluated at the School of Tank Technology, Chertsey.


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March 2011

Front right view
1: Front right view

Taken: 11 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6935
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55389430...
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Rear right view
2: Rear right view

Taken: 11 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6936
Added: 19 March 2012
Filename: 55389396...
Views: 232
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October 2008

Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6348
Added: 27 December 2011
Filename: P1030821...
Views: 171
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October 1982

Front left view
4: Front left view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6696
Added: 6 February 2012
Filename: Scan_PMa...
Views: 276
Select/Has Priority: 21/0