Old Tank at Catterick FIBUA village?

#1
At the Whinny Hill FIBUA village at Catterick I have a vague recollection of an old tank, somewhere about HERE in the training area.


I may be completely fantasising but for some strange reason I have an abiding memory of it being a T34/76.....I disregarded it because the concept seems completely impossible (there are hardly any surviving anywhere - let alone in the UK). But I still have this niggling feeling that thats what it was.

Absurd I know, but can anyone shed any light?
 
#2
bensonby said:
At the Whinny Hill FIBUA village at Catterick I have a vague recollection of an old tank, somewhere about HERE in the training area.


I may be completely fantasising but for some strange reason I have an abiding memory of it being a T34/76.....I disregarded it because the concept seems completely impossible (there are hardly any surviving anywhere - let alone in the UK). But I still have this niggling feeling that thats what it was.

Absurd I know, but can anyone shed any light?


I thought there was a chieftan/challenger at the main entrance to Whinny Hill, atleast, there was last year when i was there last.


W-60
 
#3
I didn't mean at the entrance, its in front of one of the buildings..... near that bit with all the rubble and knocked down buildnigs.
 
#4
ISTR throwing molatov cocktails at a ferret or something in the area of the railway lines on your map, there were some other vehicles too
 
#5
when throwing molotovs at the ferret it is about 20-30 yards behind you IIRC...

i could just be making this up....why would a russian tank be in a yorkshire FIBUA village?
 
#6
If anyone knows of this, maybe a couple of photos posted here would be useful?

Come to think of it, if anyone knows of any AFVs out on local Trg Areas a record here on ARRSE could be useful for places like the Tank Museum and the IWM...
 
#9
Actually, I know what you mean and I have a photo of it from a CCRF ex 2 years ago with the blue light services.

I'll post it up when I get home! (At work at the moment)

W-60
 
#10
There's a Sherman in the West Down impact area on Salisbury Plain. You can see it from OP13, marked on 1:25000 as either tank hulk P in grid square 0551, or AL in grid square 0651.
 
#11
Not been that close to it! :D Doesn't look too bad through binos though.
 
#13
Mozzie said:
I'm sure its a T-55 not a T-34, but why would you think T-34s are rare I thought it was a very common tank.
T34s are very common - but only the 85 variant. the 76 varient is extremely rare.
 
#14
Mozzie said:
Correction it is a T-34 I've just found a photo of it. You were correct.
Really?! can we see the pic?
 
#16
Hm, looks to be an 85.... dunno why I was convinced it was a 76.
 
#17
From the Drax Group website:

The area has now been developed into a nature reserve by Drax Power Station but some old wartime vehicles remain on-site, including a Chieftain tank, a Saracen armoured car and a Royal Ordnance train engine used to deliver weaponry.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but....?
 
#18
T34/85...look at the barrel length guys!
 
#19
Cuddles said:
T34/85...look at the barrel length guys!
already spotted....I can't remember why I thought it was a 76.
 
#20
When the wall came down the Sovs needed some hard currency and sold a lot of their old war stock T34s and T55s to a North Easr scrap metal dealer for scrap steel. He promptly sold some of them on to the MOD for use as hard targets for AT ranges.

Leastways that's what the Range Officer at Warcop told me back in 1990.
 

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