Guest Armour at Tankfest

Find out what special guests will be at this year's Tankfest, 25-26 June.

9th May 2016

Every year at  The Tank Museum displays some of the finest armour from its collection. What makes the day extra special is the guest armour which  visitors don’t usually have an opportunity to see. Among the highlights for this year will be an M18 Hellcat, Stuart M5A1 and a Leopard 2 from Holland.

The Stuart M5A1 was produced by the Americans during the Second World War and supplied to British and Commonwealth forces. They were fast, reliable and popular with their crews but were outclassed, in terms of firepower and protection, by the German tanks of 1944. This particular Stuart was believed to have been used by the British Army during the War as an artillery tractor. It was restored to good condition in the early 1980’s and has since undertaken numerous tours on the European continent. 

HellcatThe M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer appearing at this year’s Tankfest, was believed to have served in Italy and possibly Africa during the Second World War. Due to its lightweight, M18 was the fastest tank during the war, with speeds of up to 50 mph.

The Leopard 2A4 appearing at Tankfest will come from the Historic Collection of the Royal Dutch Army, in cooperation with the National Military Museum of The Netherlands. The Leopard 2A4 was in service with the German and Dutch Army from the late 1980’s until 2000. Leopard 2’s, developed by the West German Army, have seen action in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Lucy Sue and Old Phyllis, two Sherman tanks which starred alongside the Museum’s Sherman Fury tank, in Brad Pitt’s war movie of the same name, will also be in attendance, as well as three Second World War half-tracks. 

, the biggest display of historic moving armour in the world, is expected to sell out in the next few weeks. Visitors hoping to attend the event are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance online, where they can save 10%.

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