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UNIQUE ID 765: A27L CENTAUR TANK

(Model: Centaur IV)

La Brèche d’Hermanville, Hermanville-sur-Mer, France

(Location: Hermanville-sur-Mer)


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Unique ID: 765
Added to Database: April 2009
Last Edited: April 2009
Type (ID): A27L Centaur (3290)
Model (ID): Centaur IV (3298)
Location Category (ID): La Brèche d’Hermanville (6010)
Location (ID): Hermanville-sur-Mer (6010)
Serial Number:
Registration: “T185075” painted on nose and rear hull.
Name: “SEAWOLF” painted on front plate.
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Leyland Motors, Farington, Lancashire, North West England, Britain (Primary Centaur manufacturer)
2: La Brèche d’Hermanville, Hermanville-sur-Mer, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In France publication:

This Centaur is surrounded by a low chain fence. It was previously a dozer tank but was restored at Duxford, UK, using the turret from a Cavalier tank recovered from a range (source: tankbarrell via ANDG).
A Churchill AVRE used to be on display at this location but is now at Duxford. There were plaques commemorating the Churchill and they are, rather confusingly, still displayed on a small brick monument behind the Centaur. One states “CHURCHILL AVRE REFURBISHED SEPTEMBER 1998 BY 6 HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON 22 ENGINEER REGIMENT”. The second states “AT 0730 HRS ON 6TH JUNE 1944, 70 SPECIALLY REDESIGNED CHURCHILL TANKS EQUIPPED WITH FASCINES, FLAILS, BANGALORE TORPEDOES AND BRIDGES LANDED FROM 10 LANDING CRAFT AND CLEARED THE BEACH OBSTACLES INTO A 200M WIDE SAFE LANE IN ORDER THAT THE ADVANCING TROOPS COULD LAND SAFELY ON THE BEACH. THIS CHURCHILL AVRE MK III NOW STANDS AS A MEMORIAL TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVED AND DIED ON THESE SHORES”.


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August 2007

Front right view
1: Front right view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1258
Added: 9 May 2009
Filename: 51CNV19_...
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Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1256
Added: 9 May 2009
Filename: 51CNV17_...
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Left view
3: Left view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1257
Added: 9 May 2009
Filename: 51CNV18_...
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Rear right view
4: Rear right view

Taken: 25 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1259
Added: 9 May 2009
Filename: 51CNV22_...
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