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UNIQUE ID 1979: A39 TORTOISE TANK

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Post War (British Steel Hall))


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Unique ID: 1979
Added to Database: 30 December 2011
Last Edited: 22 March 2012
Type (ID): A39 Tortoise (3950)
Model (ID): A39 Tortoise (3950)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): Post War (British Steel Hall) (3014)
Serial Number: 1: “P1” painted on superstructure sides.
Registration: JLR 98: “JLR 98” painted on number plate attached to front left track guard.
Name:
Other Identification: “PE3530” painted on superstructure sides. “AT104D” cast into rear superstructure. “E80 AT 189” or similar cast into mantlet. Red triangle painted on front superstructure.
Collection Reference: E1951.32. (Accession 3251).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)
2: The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Tankfest June 2011)
3: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in Preserved British Tanks Update:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

The idea for this heavily armed and armoured self-propelled gun originated in the Ministry of Supply towards the end of 1942. Nuffield Mechanisations and Aero were entrusted with the design which included a 3.7in 32pdr gun and armour proof against any known German anti-tank gun. The vehicle was designated A39 and six pilot models were ordered in late 1944. However, these were not delivered until 1946-47, by which time interest had ceased and no further work was done on them. This Tortoise is believed to have been the first of the pilot models built, and is made of non-ballistic steel. It was put on the museum books in 1951. It was restored to running order in 2011 in order to take part in that year’s Tankfest display.


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June 2011

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6788
Added: 26 February 2012
Filename: 58740121...
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Front right view
2: Front right view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6789
Added: 26 February 2012
Filename: 58739678...
Views: 2571
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Rear left view
3: Rear left view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6790
Added: 26 February 2012
Filename: 58735065...
Views: 552
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Upper front right view
4: Upper front right view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6791
Added: 26 February 2012
Filename: 58853426...
Views: 1897
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Front left view
5: Front left view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6792
Added: 26 February 2012
Filename: 58859095...
Views: 4572
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Rear view
6: Rear view

Taken: 25 June 2011
Contributor: Peeteekayy
Photo ID: 6793
Added: 26 February 2012
Filename: 58853439...
Views: 7023
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March 2011

Front left view
7: Front left view

Taken: 11 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7194
Added: 24 March 2012
Filename: 58281520...
Views: 152
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Front right view
8: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7193
Added: 24 March 2012
Filename: 58275953...
Views: 143
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October 2008

Front right view
9: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6529
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030572...
Views: 171
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Front view
10: Front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6530
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030571...
Views: 137
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Front left view
11: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6531
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030569...
Views: 121
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Rear view
12: Rear view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6532
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030588...
Views: 132
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Rear right view
13: Rear right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6533
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030566...
Views: 127
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Right view
14: Right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6534
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030568...
Views: 108
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Front right view
15: Front right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6535
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030923...
Views: 104
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Close-up of registration number
16: Close-up of registration number

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6536
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030570...
Views: 90
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Casting mark
17: Casting mark

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6537
Added: 30 December 2011
Filename: P1030567...
Views: 100
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October 1982

Front left view
18: Front left view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6699
Added: 6 February 2012
Filename: Scan_Tor...
Views: 227
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