Guest Vehicles at TANKFEST 2017

Rarely seen vehicles from private collections to attend TANKFEST.

24th February 2017

TANKFEST is the biggest and best display of armour in the world. Tickets for TANKFEST 2017, 24-25 June, are selling fast. 

Two rare Second World War German tanks, a unique French First World War tank and a running Churchill tank have all been confirmed as guests for TANKFEST 2017. As well as these elite guest vehicles, TANKFEST will feature an unrivalled display of historic vehicles, entertainment and a display from the British Army.

Saint Chamond

/cms-images/saint chamond2This Saint-Chamond is the last one of its kind in existence. It has recently been restored to running order by the Musee des Blindes, Saumur, in preparation for the centenary of the first use of French armour on the battlefield in 1917. 2017 is the first time it will run at TANKFEST. Four Hundred St-Chamond tanks were built during the First World War, with the first ones produced in 1917. It was not very effective on the battlefield because of its poor manoeuvrability and by 1918 it had been completely replaced by Renault FT17 tanks and British heavy tanks driven by French Army crews.

Churchill Mk IV or Mk III - Unfortunately the Churchill tank will be unable to attend TANKFEST due to a mechanical fault.

/cms-images/Churchill/cms-images/churchilltrustThe Churchill Trust, a charity which encourages the study of science and technology, will be bringing one of its Churchill tanks to TANKFEST 2017 - the Mk IV and Mk III are the only running ones of their kind in the world. The Churchill tank was one of the most successful British tank designs of the Second World War. The tank was named after the wartime Prime Minister and proved to be just as tough. They saw service from the 1942 Dieppe raid, through to North Africa, Italy and Europe. It will be the first time this Churchill has run at TANKFEST for four years.

Jagdpanther

/cms-images/JagdpantherThere are only three running Jagdpanthers in the world and TANKFEST 2017 is your chance to see one on the move. The Jagdpanther was a German tank destroyer built during the Second World War, based on the chassis of the Panther tank. Around 400 were built in total and went into action late in the war, serving on the Eastern and Western Fronts. It was a formidable weapon, fortunately for the Allies production of these vehicles was limited by shortages of raw materials and disruption caused by Allied bombings. The Jagdpanther, which has been generously lent to the Museum by the Weald Foundation and Mike Gibb, last appeared at TANKFEST in 2010. 
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The Weald Foundation & The Tank Museum – partners in armoured heritage


The Jagdpanther is being brought in as an arena substitute for Tiger 131, which will not be appearing in the arena displays at TANKFEST this year.  Tiger 131 will instead remain on display in the new Tiger Collection exhibition (Opens April 2017) so that visitors can enjoy this new exhibition in full.  Tiger fans can still see Tiger 131 in action during the two Tiger Days taking place in April and September 2017.

Sturmgeschutz

/cms-images/StugThis newly restored Sturmgeschutz is making its TANKFEST debut at TANKFEST 2017, there are only a handful still running in the world. The Sturmgeschutz, or assault gun, was a very popular weapon in German service during the Second World War. Many different versions were made but the most common type was based upon the chassis of the Panzer III. Conceived in 1935 the Sturmgeschutz (Assault Gun) was intended to provide mobile, armoured, close support artillery for the German infantry rather than the Panzer Troops. The Sturmgeschutz which will be running at TANKFEST has been lent to The Tank Museum, and beautifully restored, by Steve Lamonby. 

Other exciting guest vehicles will be confirmed in due course...

The TANKFEST event programme and vehicles listed to take part are subject to health and safety, operational, weather and mechanical considerations. The Tank Museum reserves the right to amend or modify the programme, or withdraw vehicles, at any time without notification when reasonably required in accordance with its own best-practice procedures or those of exhibit owners.  


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