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UNIQUE ID 2014: CHIEFTAIN WILLICH AVRE ENGINEER VEHICLE

The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Static Display)


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Unique ID:

2014
Added to Database:
2012
Last Edited:
29 March 2012
Type (ID):
Model (ID):
Chieftain AVRE (3596)
Chieftain Willich AVRE (3597)
Location Category (ID):
Location (ID):
The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena (3020)
Static Display (3021)
Serial Number:
Registration: 04 EB 10.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall sand.
Collection Reference: E2006.1573.
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Royal Ordnance Factory, Barnbow, Crossgates, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber, Britain (Primary manufacturer of base vehicle)
2: Sennelager Training Area, Paderborn, Detmold, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany (Service with Blues & Royals and Life Guards 1968-72)
3: Mönchengladbach, Germany (17 BVD – August 1972)
4: RAOC Vehicle Depot, Ludgershall, Wiltshire, South West England, Britain (March/April 1973)
5: Sennelager Training Area, Paderborn, Detmold, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany (Service with 13/18 Hussars – 4/7 RDG – 3 RTR – QRIH)
6: 38 Central Workshops – Chilwell, England (June 1980)
7: Sennelager Training Area, Paderborn, Detmold, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany (Service QRIH – 4 RTR – 5 IDG)
8: 38 Central Workshops – Chilwell, England (May 1985)
9: ATDU and Solitary Vehicles, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (RAC Training Regiment)
10: Willich, Germany (Conversion to AVRE 1987)
11: The Tank Museum - Tankfest Arena, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:


This vehicle began life as a Chieftain Mark 2 main battle tank, date in service 22 April 1968. It was subsequently upgraded to Mark 6-4C and spent most of its active service life in Germany. It was one of 17 Chieftain gun tanks converted to the armoured engineer role in Germany. The original design was worked out by the Royal Engineers Wing at Bovington in conjunction with 32 Armoured Engineer Regiment and once this was accepted it was passed on to 40 Army Engineer Support Group and 21 Engineer Base Workshops at Willich in Germany – hence the name of this first batch of AVREs. (Source: Museum Vehicle Record).
According to the museum vehicle record this Chieftain was built by Vickers-Armstrongs; however its record cards appear to indicate it was built by ROF Leeds. They also show that it served with the Blues and Royals in 1968 and the Life Guards in 1971. It was with 17 BVD in August 1972, 2 ADS in February 1973, and CVD Ludgershall in March/April 1973. Then it served with A Squadron 13/18 Hussars from May 1973, 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards from June 1975, and 3 RTR from September 1976. It underwent a conversion (presumably an upgrade) in 1976. Then it served with QRIH from July 1979, at 38 Central Workshop in June 1980, and back with QRIH in December 1980. It underwent another conversion before serving with 4 RTR in July 1982 and 5 Innis DG in November 1984. It then underwent another conversion (a ‘planned repair’) at 38 Central Workshop in May 1985, and was with RAC Training Regiment on January 1986. It underwent a final conversion – presumably to AVRE – from 27 January 1986. It was with 32 Armoured Engineer Regiment early in May 1987, and 77 Armoured Engineer Squadron from late May 1987. It is described as ‘Plinth Vehicle Bovington’ from January 1995. It was put on the museum books in 2006. It was in storage for some time but was moved to a display position near the arena.


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March, 2011

Left view
1: Left view

Taken: 6 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7218
Added: 26 March 2012
Filename: 58415755...
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October, 2008

Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6569
Added: 2012
Filename: P1040242...
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Front view
3: Front view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6570
Added: 2012
Filename: P1040259...
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Rear left view
4: Rear left view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6571
Added: 2012
Filename: P1040234...
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Front view
5: Front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6567
Added: 2012
Filename: P1040103...
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Front left view
6: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6568
Added: 2012
Filename: P1040116...
Views: 95
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