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UNIQUE ID 2162: A22 CHURCHILL AVRE TANK

Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Britain

(Location: External Storage Area)


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Unique ID: 2162
Added to Database: 19 February 2012
Last Edited: 5 June 2012
Type (ID): A22 Churchill AVRE (3905)
Model (ID): Churchill AVRE (3905)
Location Category (ID): Isle of Wight Military History Museum (3100)
Location (ID): External Storage Area (3104)
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name: “Merlin”.
Other Identification: Wreck. Remains of white paint on hull and turret.
Collection Reference:
Links: HMVF 1
HMVF 2
Churchill Register
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Vauxhall Motors Limited, Luton, Bedfordshire, East England, Britain (Churchill design parent and primary manufacturer)
2: Otterburn Training Area (OTA), Northumberland National Park, Northumberland, North East England, Britain (Until October 2002)
3: Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

[No entry]

Text in Preserved British Tanks Update:

[No entry]

Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This AVRE was recovered in September/October 2002 from the Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland. It was an early rebuild to Mark IV standard, with linked forward suspension units and remodelled air outlet. (Source: Churchill Register). It has a label that reads “Perhaps the most important feature to this vehicle, is the fact we know its name, therefore making it possible to trace its history! Merlin is also full of concrete, a step taken by the army when it was placed out as a target on a firing range to make it harder and last longer. Fortunately however it was placed as such that it could not be seen very well from the firing point, meaning it has seen very little damage, and we were lucky enough to be allowed to recover it for restoration”.
It is very rusty and is missing some components such as the main gun, and the hull doors and air intake on the left side. It retains curved rails around the sprockets that were fitted during recovery to allow the tracks to move freely (source: steveo578/HMVF).


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August 2010

Rear right view
1: Rear right view

Taken: 15 August 2010
Contributor: I. Maw
Photo ID: 7829
Added: 5 June 2012
Filename: 97061308...
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Exhibit label
2: Exhibit label

Taken: 15 August 2010
Contributor: I. Maw
Photo ID: 7830
Added: 5 June 2012
Filename: 97061155...
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August 2009

Upper rear right view
3: Upper rear right view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7735
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040707...
Views: 85
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Front left view
4: Front left view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7736
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040506...
Views: 80
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Front view
5: Front view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7737
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040507...
Views: 72
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Front right view
6: Front right view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7738
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040508...
Views: 76
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Rear left view
7: Rear left view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7739
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040832...
Views: 60
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Rear left view
8: Rear left view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7740
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040563...
Views: 54
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Rear view
9: Rear view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7741
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040564...
Views: 406
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Rear right view
10: Rear right view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7742
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040565...
Views: 63
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Engine compartment
11: Engine compartment

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7743
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040579...
Views: 70
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Turret close-up
12: Turret close-up

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7744
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040833...
Views: 97
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