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UNIQUE ID 1972: T-55 ENIGMA TANK

The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Storage)


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Unique ID: 1972
Added to Database: 29 December 2011
Last Edited: 24 March 2012
Type (ID): T-55 (2560)
Model (ID): T-55 Enigma (2568)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection (3016)
Location (ID): Storage (3016)
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “JeANNE”, “CHRIS”, “MUSTANG” and other graffiti spray-painted on left side armour. “CALVIN & HOBBS” and “91” spray-painted on rear of turret counterweight.
Collection Reference: E1993.91. (Accession 9193, Entry 1993.1101).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Poland (ca1960s)
2: First Gulf War, Location Unknown, Kuwait (Captured 1991)
3: The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved Soviet Tanks publication:

Polish manufacture.

Text in Preserved Soviet Tanks Update:

[No entry]

Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This is a Polish built T-55K command tank that was used by the 5th Iraqi Mechanised Division (source: Museum Vehicle Record). Its label reads as follows: “This tank has been fitted with extra armour around the front and sides on both turret and hull. One armour pad has been cut open to reveal he multi-layer arrangement inside which consists of alternate plates of steel, rubber and aluminium. This is intended to defeat modern HEAT projectiles. Trials in the USA indicate that, crude as it appears, this system works quite well. However it increases the weight of the tank and reduces performance while the counter-balance, at the rear of the turret, suggests that it is affected by the extra weight. The sectioned armour pad is above the driver’s hatch. Unless the turret is in this position, and the pod raised as shown, the driver would be trapped”.
This tank was moved into storage from the Post War Hall in November 2011 (source: Museum Vehicle Record).


Images - Photographs and NavPix (click to expand or browse)

March 2011

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 9 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7230
Added: 26 March 2012
Filename: 58489021...
Views: 164
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October 2008

Front right view
2: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6467
Added: 29 December 2011
Filename: P1030618...
Views: 99
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Front left view
3: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6468
Added: 29 December 2011
Filename: P1030617...
Views: 66
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Rear right view
4: Rear right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6469
Added: 29 December 2011
Filename: P1030619...
Views: 64
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Rear left view
5: Rear left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6470
Added: 29 December 2011
Filename: P1030621...
Views: 69
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Turret close-up
6: Turret close-up

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6471
Added: 29 December 2011
Filename: P1030622...
Views: 126
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Up-armoured glacis
7: Up-armoured glacis

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6472
Added: 29 December 2011
Filename: P1030623...
Views: 66
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Rear of turret counterweight
8: Rear of turret counterweight

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6473
Added: 29 December 2011
Filename: P1030620...
Views: 77
Select/Has Priority: 21/0