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PostPosted: Wed 06 Aug 2008 17:53 pm 
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Heavily-rebuilt early mark, upgunned with a 75mm. Seemingly on loan from Bovington.

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It's been there for at least three years and they have another three (at least) incomplete ones  :P

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Found it on this site

http://www.armourinfocus.co.uk/a22/

Thanks to its weird structure, you'll have to hit the 'Register' link on the side of the page and then hit 'UK' on that list to find the page.

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The Aberdeen Ordnance Museum is a fine destination for armour and artillery enthusiasts. Situated on I-95 in Maryland, USA, a few miles above Baltimore, it boasts a fine collection of 20th century weaponry (with just a little 19th and 21st peppered in). This Churchill is part of the collection. I didn’t take note of the identification plate planted in the ground before it, but the square hull escape hatches, hull machinegun, and boxy turret, amongst other particulars, make this a Mk III.
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    In the difficult days following Dunkirk, the Churchill was one of many rushed jobs, though many improvements were made over the course of its subsequent career. The early hulls were made up of rather crude face-hardened armour plates bolted into place (as here on the Mk III) but later variants were welded together (as on the Airfix 1.76 scale Churchill Mk VII Tank (01304)). The hull had four compartments: the driver’s section at the front, the fighting compartment beneath the turret, the engine compartment and then finally the gearbox compartment. Churchills were spacious tanks - crews loved all the room to move around and stow kit. This extra room was mostly courtesy of the suspension - fitted under the two large "panniers" on either side of the hull (were it not for the Churchill’s prominent history, one might be forgiven for mistaking it for a Great War design) the track ran right the way round the hull - the classic "Mother" rhomboid. There were eleven bogies on each side, carrying two 10-inch wheels each. Nine bogies were taking the vehicle weight when traversing flat ground. The front bogie unit became more useful when the vehicle nosed into the ground or against an obstacle, and the rear unit served to a degree as a track tensioner. In the photo both the front and rear bogie units can be seen to be above the road surface.
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(an aside - the Jagdpanther in the background has its gun traversed right the way over to the righthand side! An aspect of the vehicle seldom photoed or modelled I believe)
The Churchill was a great climber; its exploits are full of references to hills and mountains from Tunisia to Korea. Also, because of all those bogies, the tank could manage losing several without much adverse affect. Another aspect of the suspension design that was much favoured by crews was the incorporation of escape hatches in the sides. These were retained throughout the revisions of the Churchill and were of particular use when the Churchill was adopted as the AVRE (the promised 1.76 scale Churchill Bridge Layer (04301) provides a late service example of this).
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Here are snaps of the Churchill AVRE in the South African National Museum of Military History in Jo'burg. Should be self explanatory - in nice condition but seems to lack some of the attachment for AVRE equipment on the front hull sides.

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more of the AVRE Churchill, this one based on the Mk3
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a much earlier mark of Churchill, this time a gun tank with pea shooter
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check bomb door circuits 1 through 4. err, Bomb door circuits, negative function.
switch in backup circuits. Roger, backup circuits switched in, still negative function.
Engage emergency power. Emergency Power engaged, still negative function.
Fire the Explosive bolts.....


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 Post subject: Re: Churchill Tank
PostPosted: Mon 29 Jul 2013 00:41 am 
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Early mark Churchill dug up on the south downs where it had been buried after the war, the hulks of these tanks were used to train troops for DDAY.

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check bomb door circuits 1 through 4. err, Bomb door circuits, negative function.
switch in backup circuits. Roger, backup circuits switched in, still negative function.
Engage emergency power. Emergency Power engaged, still negative function.
Fire the Explosive bolts.....


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 Post subject: Re: Churchill Tank
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The wreck has been part salvaged, the turret might have gone to restore another, the mk1 turret must have been rare. This is how the wreck appears today
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check bomb door circuits 1 through 4. err, Bomb door circuits, negative function.
switch in backup circuits. Roger, backup circuits switched in, still negative function.
Engage emergency power. Emergency Power engaged, still negative function.
Fire the Explosive bolts.....


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 Post subject: Re: Churchill Tank
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Some more images of the south downs Churchill, what stands as a rare WW2 wreck in situ, some may find the images useful for battle damage reference.

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check bomb door circuits 1 through 4. err, Bomb door circuits, negative function.
switch in backup circuits. Roger, backup circuits switched in, still negative function.
Engage emergency power. Emergency Power engaged, still negative function.
Fire the Explosive bolts.....


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