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UNIQUE ID 2330: A41 CENTURION TANK

(Model: Mark 5/2)

Cavaleriemuseum, Bernhardkazerne, The Netherlands

(Location: Landsverk Building / Building C)


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Unique ID:

2330
Added to Database:
15 June 2012
Last Edited:
15 July 2012
Type (ID):
Model (ID):
A41 Centurion (3400)
Mark 5/2 (3411)
Location Category (ID):
Location (ID):
Cavaleriemuseum (11700)
Landsverk Building / Building C (11704)
Serial Number:
Registration: KX-15-20 (Dutch): “KX-15-20” painted on glacis (previously temporarily marked “KX-43-41”).
Name: “VAN SYTZAMA” painted on lower turret sides (previously “ALEXANDER” painted on left turret side and “VAN SYTZAMA” painted on right turret side).
Other Identification: “43C” painted on front right mud flap and hull rear. “S00” painted on front left mud flap and hull rear. “NL” painted on glacis and side stowage boxes. Mounted cavalry insignia painted on glacis and turret side stowage box. Dutch flag painted on front left mud flap. “MAX” painted on hull rear.
Collection Reference:
Links: The Centurion Tank of 43 Tank Battalion
Regiment Huzaren Van Sytzama
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Vickers-Armstrongs Limited, Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North East England, Britain (Design parent and manufacturer 1957-58)
2: Instandhoudingsbedrijf Landsystemen (IBL), Leusden, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Restored 1985)
3: Langemannshof Kaserne, Osterheide, Heidekreis, Lower Saxony, Germany (43 Tank Battalion gate guardian 1987-1992)
4: Schiessplatz Bergen-Hohne, Bergen, Heidmark, Lower Saxony, Germany (43 Tank Battalion Reunion 1992)
5: Langemannshof Kaserne, Osterheide, Heidekreis, Lower Saxony, Germany (43 Tank Battalion gate guardian 1987-1992)
6: Schiessplatz Bergen-Hohne, Bergen, Heidmark, Lower Saxony, Germany (43 Tank Battalion disbandment 1992)
7: Legerplaats, Seedorf, Rotenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany (41 Tank Battalion gate guardian 1994-2002)
8: Cavaleriemuseum, Bernhardkazerne, Amersfoort, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Current location)


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Text in original Preserved Tanks In The Netherlands publication:


This Centurion Mark 5/2 is a well-known vehicle that has been conserved through the efforts of many individuals and groups. It was given to 43 Tank Battalion (part of Regiment Huzaren van Sytzama) on 27 August 1987, and was handed over to Lieutenant-Colonel Bosch by General J.M.A. Thomas who had been a former commander from 1976 to 1978. It had passed through the MCW Leusden workshops and been completely overhauled in 1985. At the time it was handed over in 1987 it was in full running order. It had a plaque that read:

Aangeboden aan 43 Tankbataljon door de
Brigade-Generaal der Cavalerie J M A Thomas
d d 28 augustus 1987
Given to 43 Tank Battalion by
Brigadier General of Cavalry JMA Thomas
dated 28 August 1987

In 1992, for a commemorative and reunion weekend, it was decided to give the tank a facelift including a paint job and getting it moving. Unfortunately it had spent the previous five years standing at the main gate. First it was dragged along, with the engine engaged, by a Leopard ARV. This successfully cleared water that had collected in the engine out through the exhaust. The engine then started, fitfully and smoking, and eventually settled down to running smoothly. Once in basic running condition it was transported to the Langemannshof barracks at Hohne for a reunion of 43 Tank Battalion. On its return it was refurbished, repainted and re-equipped with missing items such as camouflage nets, fire extinguishers, and periscopes. A new symbolic registration number was painted on the glacis, “KX-43-41”, to represent 43 Tank Battalion, and 41 Tank Battalion to which it was planned to be transferred.
43 Tank Battalion was disbanded in July 1992. A parade was held at Langemannshof during which the tank was ceremonially transferred, under its own power, to the care of 41 Tank Battalion. It was inaugurated as a memorial, on a stone plinth, at the barracks of 41 Tank Battalion at Seedorf on 16 April 1994. It was fittingly unveiled by Brigadier General (retired) Thomas.
By 2002 it had sat outside for many years and was in very poor condition. Requests were made for it to be preserved for posterity and at the end of July the tank was moved to the Amersfoort museum. From September to November 2002 it was restored and repainted, though its engine was too badly damaged to be recovered. On 4 December 2002 it was installed in its current location in the museum and on 6 December it had its 43 Tank Battalion markings repainted and it reverted to its original registration number. (Source: 43TankBataljon.nl). It is fitted with triple-rubber-block track.


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May, 2011

Upper front right view
1: Upper front right view

Taken: 13 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
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Upper front left view
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Taken: 13 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
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Upper front left view
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Taken: 13 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
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Upper rear right view
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Taken: 13 May 2011
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Photo ID: 7994
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Front right view
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Taken: 13 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
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Front view
6: Front view

Taken: 13 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7996
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Front left view
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Taken: 13 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7997
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Rear view
8: Rear view

Taken: 13 May 2011
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Rear right view
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Taken: 13 May 2011
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7999
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July, 2010

Front right view
10: Front right view

Taken: 22 July 2010
Contributor: LKE Delsing
Photo ID: 8190
Added: 14 July 2012
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January, 2010

Front right view, photo by A. van Beem
11: Front right view, photo by A. van Beem

Taken: 26 January 2010
Contributor: Wikimedia
Photo ID: 8171
Added: 9 July 2012
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September, 2007

Upper front left view
12: Upper front left view

Taken: 19 September 2007
Contributor: M. Krauss
Photo ID: 8104
Added: 27 June 2012
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August, 2007

Front right view
13: Front right view

Taken: 8 August 2007
Contributor: LKE Delsing
Photo ID: 8188
Added: 14 July 2012
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Front view
14: Front view

Taken: 8 August 2007
Contributor: LKE Delsing
Photo ID: 8189
Added: 14 July 2012
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April, 2005

Upper front left view
15: Upper front left view

Taken: 23 April 2005
Contributor: D. Kibbey
Photo ID: 8094
Added: 26 June 2012
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Front right view
16: Front right view

Taken: 23 April 2005
Contributor: D. Kibbey
Photo ID: 8095
Added: 26 June 2012
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