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UNIQUE ID 1633: VICKERS D3E1 WHEEL-CUM-TRACK TANK

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Interwar / Alan Jolly Hall)


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Unique ID:

1633
Added to Database:
27 March 2011
Last Edited:
20 March 2012
Type (ID):
Model (ID):
Vickers D3E1 Wheel-cum-Track (3140)
Vickers D3E1 Wheel-cum-Track (3140)
Location Category (ID):
Location (ID):
The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Interwar / Alan Jolly Hall (3008)
Serial Number:
Registration: T836: “T836” previously painted on hull sides.
Name:
Other Identification: “ML8719”, “MWEE 96” and “8b” previously painted on forward hull sides. Plaque fitted on nose.
Collection Reference: E1949.367. (Accession 36749, Entry 1035).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Vickers River Don Works - Sheffield, England (Manufacturer of prototypes 1928)
2: Aldershot Military Museum and MWEE, Aldershot, Hampshire, South East England, Britain (Trials at MWEE 1928)
3: Vickers River Don Works - Sheffield, England (Returned for modification ca 1929)
4: Aldershot Military Museum and MWEE, Aldershot, Hampshire, South East England, Britain (Trials at MWEE ca1930)
5: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


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During the 1920s Vickers made various attempts to produce vehicles capable of moving on either tracks or wheels. This led in 1928 to the construction of two prototypes of a wheel-cum-track tank, the D3E1. The first prototype transferred from wheels to tracks by raising its wheels so allowing the tracks to reach the ground. The second prototype had its tracks attached to the hull sides through slides, and transferred from wheels to tracks by lowering the track frames to the ground. This was the second of the two prototypes built. It was delivered on 12 May 1928 and tested at the Mechanical Warfare Experimental Establishment (MWEE) at Aldershot later that year. It was rather top-heavy and when seen driving on wheels was likened to a ‘skyscraper on roller skates’. It was sent back to its makers for repair and modification. It was transferred to the Royal Tank Corps at Bovington on 19 October 1933, and was put on the museum books in 1949. It is not fitted with any armament, and is missing its engine. It is displayed with Perspex windows in the sides so that the interior can be viewed.
It has a plaque on the front that reads:

VICKERS ARMSTRONGS
LIMITED
RIVER DON WORKS
1928
SHEFFIELD



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March, 2011

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1: Front left view

Taken: 8 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6879
Added: 18 March 2012
Filename: 55336999...
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2: Front right view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6880
Added: 18 March 2012
Filename: 55342816...
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October, 2008

Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4688
Added: 28 March 2011
Filename: P1030383...
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Front left view
4: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4689
Added: 28 March 2011
Filename: P1030384...
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5: Rear right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4690
Added: 28 March 2011
Filename: P1030379...
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Rear left view
6: Rear left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4691
Added: 28 March 2011
Filename: P1030391...
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October, 1982

Front right view
7: Front right view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6704
Added: 6 February 2012
Filename: Scan_WCT...
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