For the Record: Pictures from Cobbaton Combat Collection (England)
Hello everyone, player Venturius_ was kind enough to share with us his pictures from the Cobbaton Combat Collection in North Devon (west of England) – thank you!. As he says, it’s a private collection, so the space in the buildings is a bit cramped for good photos, but I think it’s very interesting nonetheless. Descriptions are written by him. Centaur Cruiser Tank MK IV (1994) Build by Leland with a V12 27 litre 395 BHP Liberty engine. 0.6 MPG and top speed 28 MPH, 50 MPH with modified governors. This tank was converted to bulldozer tank by the army in 1945 and sold as scrap in 1957. The owner bought it in 1978 and restored it to full running orer and built a steel turret with replica 95mm howitzer. The markings around the turret are the degrees of the compass which were used to help bring all the guns in the troop to bear on a target quickly. This Centaur is identical to the much used Cromwell tanks with the exception of the engine which in the case o the Cromwell was the R&R Meteor, a detuned Spitfire Merlin. The Centaur has a detuned WWI Liberty bomber engine. Churchill MK VII Crocodile Flame Thrower Infantry Tank (1944) Here protection is more important than speed. Up to 6 inch of armour plate. 44 tons weight. Top speed 12 mph. Powered by flat 12 side valve engine 350bhp. Consumes 3 gallons of petrol per mile. This tank towed a 400 gallon flame fuel trailer at the rear. T-54 (cca 1955, State Arsenal Czechoslovakia) This one is Czech built (said to be the best engineered) but the radio, optics, gauges and most of the electrics are Russian. Still in original T-54 spec. This one was imported to UK in 1989, direct from Czech Army reserves. Weight 36 ton, max speed 48 kph, 38.8 litre v12 diesl, 520 bhp. With snorkel in place can drive under 5.5m water. Up to 2MPG which is very economical for a tank. There was as well some AD for a bag? featuring the T54 tank. ¨¨ T-34/85 (1944 USSR) This tank was imported from Czech reserves in 1989. It was rebuilt in 1970/71 and stored since after an Egyptian deal was cancelled. Driving this is hard work with all controls requiring a lot of effort. Perfect driver is 4 feet tall, with arms of 4 feet long and the strength of an Ox! Centurion Mk5 AVRE (1949) This is a conversion of the standard Centurion gun tank with a 165mm demolition charge projector and a hydraulically operated dozer blade to destroy fortications. Engine petrol 27 litre V12, 650 bhp. 51 ton weight. Top speed 21 mph. This tank still operated in the Gulf war. Sexton (1943) 25 pdr gun howitzer SPG mounted on a Canadian Ram tank chassis. 25 ton weight. 25 mph and fuel consumption 3/4 mile per gallon. 112 rounds of ammo. This vehicle spend most of its post war life in Portuguese army and came to England in 1984. Comet cruiser tank (1945) 33 ton Comet was the successor to the Centaur/Cromwell line. 77 mm gun and 600 bhp engine. This was a rushed purchase in 1995 as it was about to be scrapped, it was intended to join the other play vehicles of the collection. They are still looking for a track for this tank. In the meanwhile a Oak tree is starting to grow out of this tank. Sherman M4A4 (1942) This tank features in the upcoming film “The Fury” about WWII with Brad Pitt. This tank has Murder Inc on the side of the gun.