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UNIQUE ID 889: A41 CENTURION TANK

(Model: Mark 5)

Museé Des Blindés, Saumur, France

(Location: Inside Museum Building)


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Unique ID: 889
Added to Database: July 2009
Last Edited: July 2009
Type (ID): A41 Centurion (3400)
Model (ID): Mark 5 (3410)
Location Category (ID): Museé Des Blindés (6200)
Location (ID): Inside Museum Building (6204)
Serial Number:
Registration: “52-81086” (Canadian) painted on hull sides.
Name: “TRUN 18 Août 1944” painted on side plates.
Other Identification: “13” painted on turret sides.
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Location History:
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1: Vickers-Armstrongs Limited, Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North East England, Britain (Design parent and manufacturer 1957-58)
2: Museé Des Blindés, Saumur, Anjou, Maine-et-Loire, France (Current location)


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Text in original Preserved Tanks In France publication:

This Mark 5 was given to the Armour Museum by the Canadian Army. It was presented by General Michaud, the Canadian Military Attaché in Paris, during an official ceremony on 21 March 1983. In commemoration of the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers for the liberation of France it was named “Trun, 18 August 1944” by the Museum. On that date this small Normandie village saw very hard fighting between the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 7th German Army encircled in the Falaise pocket.
This tank served with the Canadian Army in Europe and Canada before retiring from service. It was transported from Canada courtesy of the ‘Deutcher Logisticer Bevollmächtigter in Frankreich’, the German logistic organisation based at Fontainebleau and concerned with the transit to France of German Army supplies. The Centurion was carried as far as the French military port of La Rochelle on board a boat loaded with Leopard 1s of the Bundeswehr returning from a Canadian training camp. It is unusual in retaining a Type A gun barrel, that is one without a fume extractor.


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July 1984

Right view
1: Right view

Taken: 24 July 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1627
Added: 20 July 2009
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Front right view
2: Front right view

Taken: 24 July 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1788
Added: 27 August 2009
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Front view
3: Front view

Taken: 24 July 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1789
Added: 27 August 2009
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