Below are some pictures sent to me by Jon Butler
Note the signage and spare road wheel condition
This centurion is owned by the Royal NSW Lancers Museum and is one of the best maintained Cents around
The gun is fully operational and in fact fired the last 20 pounder round fired in Australia
Everything is in first class condition
She is an excellent runner with everything working
I was asked what the fitting in the centre of the picture was---the square fitting with with the bolt inside it on the rectangular fitting.
Rusty Dyson informed me it was an oil reservoir---but for what? Neither of us know. Help would be appreciated
Close up of the fitting
The dash in 169067 not a lot of miles up.
The breech of the 20 pounder--very clean, very nice
A look up the spout
The Gunners position
The shots below were sent to me by Bob Ferrari. The display was on a mate office wall at the Newcastle RSL
It shows 169067 "Buka Boom Boom 11" crossing a temporary bridge built by the Engineers
Unfortunately it was a copy of a copy of a copy and copied on a colour scanner. Where as the pics were much better in greyscale
This shot shows 169067 approaching the bridge, Crew Commander was Jock Browning with Bob Ferrari in the operators hatch
The description on the picture reads
Crossing a temporary bridge on route 23
between the villages of Long De'n &
Dat Do. South Vietnam
(Near the Horse Shoe fire support base)
The bride had been built by the Royal Australian
Engineers while constructing new bridges
Bovington Tank Museum
MEMORIAL TO TANKIES
BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM
A friend from England, James Myers, informed me he was going to the Tankfest at Bovington June 2006 and I asked him to send me some photos. Well he did come through, 100 very interesting photos.
I will have to cut that down a lot due to space, but here are the first lot
This is a Swedish S turret-less tank. The gun is elevated by raising or lowering the suspension and using the driving sticks for left or right line of sight. The driver was also the gunner. It also had a second set or driving controls at the rear, so as the radio operator could drive off in high reverse in situations where they could not turn around in time when faced with heavier weapons in front of them.
This Swedish Army Centurion was the last update done by the Swedes. Additional armour fitted to the Glacis Plate, turret and sides. Engine replaced with a modern diesel and gearbox updated. A good machine still usable today.
Showing the armour on the turret and glacis plate
British Challenger 2
British Challenger 2 showing reactive armour, which explodes on contact with projectiles thus stopping further penetration of the main armour
Challenger 2 showing slat armour. This stops hollow charge projectiles (RPG 7 type hand held) from reaching the main armour by exploding it on the slats. This is similar to the bar armour fitted to the Swedish Tanks
Side view of the slat armour
British Centurion MK12
Note the amount of staples on the side plates, also the extended front guards, lights and up armoured glacis plate.
There is some difference on the rear as well
Also a difference on the IR cage
She is a good looking tank
This is a separate photo that James sent me showing an Israel Centurion with the turret removed and converted to an APC! There was not much that they did not do to the old Centurion and they sure got their money worth
Challenger 1 This tank was used in the Gulf War during operation Desert Storm
Chieftain MBT, British replacement for the Centurion. An excellent tank that saw long service until replaced by the Challenger 1