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UNIQUE ID 785: A22 CHURCHILL TANK

(Model: Mark VII)

Fontaine-la-Mallet, Le Havre, France

(Location: Fontaine-la-Mallet)


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Unique ID: 785
Added to Database: April 2009
Last Edited: April 2009
Type (ID): A22 Churchill (3870)
Model (ID): Mark VII (3886)
Location Category (ID): Fontaine-la-Mallet (6120)
Location (ID): Fontaine-la-Mallet (6120)
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Registration: “T10944/B” painted on air intakes.
Name: “ASTONIA” painted on right turret side.
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Location History:
(see map)

1: Vauxhall Motors Limited, Luton, Bedfordshire, East England, Britain (Design parent and primary manufacturer)
2: Fontaine-la-Mallet, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France (Current location)


This Churchill is a Mark VII; it is missing its muzzle brake but otherwise appears to be in good condition and well restored.

A board on the memorial gives some background information:

The regimental plates on this panel were offered to the association “Remember Le Havre 1944” by veterans during their pilgrimage to the battle-field, in memory of those who fell under enemy fire.

All the units are not included, only the ground forces are shown. Nevertheless, they are arranged in the same order as the tactical plan, on the final assault: 49th W.R.D. Infantry Divivsion on the left sector, and 51st Infantry Division on the right one.

The “Memorial of Battle of Le Havre” was built with the financial support of Fontaine-la-Mallet, Gonfreville-l’Orcher, Montivilliers, Octeville-sur-Mer, du Conseil Général de la Seine Maritime; and D.M.P.A. (Paris), veterans associations, and Remember Le Havre 1944. The Churchill Mk VII, was offered by the Bovington Tank Museum and carried to Le Havre with the aid of the British Army on July 10th 2000.

It was restored by the association and installed in front of a symbolic representation of the anti-tank ditch. A replica of an assault bridge spans this ditch.

This memorial was built in memory of those who fell during the battle and for the civilians of the different cities who suffered and died.

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August 2007

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 19 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1194
Added: 2 May 2009
Filename: 52CNV07_...
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Right view
2: Right view

Taken: 19 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1191
Added: 2 May 2009
Filename: 52CNV04_...
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Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 19 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1192
Added: 2 May 2009
Filename: 52CNV05_...
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Front view
4: Front view

Taken: 19 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1193
Added: 2 May 2009
Filename: 52CNV06_...
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Rear right view
5: Rear right view

Taken: 19 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1195
Added: 2 May 2009
Filename: 52CNV08_...
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Front turret close-up
6: Front turret close-up

Taken: 19 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1197
Added: 2 May 2009
Filename: 52CNV10_...
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Turret and hull top view
7: Turret and hull top view

Taken: 19 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1198
Added: 2 May 2009
Filename: 52CNV13_...
Views: 95
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