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Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Britain

(Location: Inside Land Warfare Hall)

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Unique ID: 1084
Added to Database: December 2009
Last Edited: 6 March 2012
Type (ID): A27L Centaur OP (3300)
Model (ID): Centaur OP (3300)
Location Category (ID): Imperial War Museum (3300)
Location (ID): Inside Land Warfare Hall (3304)
Serial Number:
Registration: T187617 (not original): “T187617” painted on nose.
Other Identification: Unit markings painted on nose and hull rear.
Collection Reference: 4100.20.1
Links: IWM Object Record
References: Chamberlain and Ellis/BATWW2 photo 62
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Leyland Motors, Farington, Lancashire, North West England, Britain (Primary Centaur manufacturer)
2: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, East England, Britain (Current location)

Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in Preserved British Tanks Update:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This Centaur is a command variant that had no gun to make room in the turret for radio gear; a fake gun was fitted to make it less obvious as a special unit (source: L. Child). It was intended for artillery observation officers’ use. It is fitted with map boards on the turret roof, and also appears to be fitted with supports for an awning over the turret. It is displayed as a command tank of 7th Armoured Brigade in NW Europe in 1944 (source: IWM Object Record).
It service history is unknown (source: IWM Object Record) so its registration is presumed to be fake; a well-known wartime photograph shows a Centaur OP with registration T187617 in use as a Brigade Commander’s tank in Germany, April 1945 (source: Chamberlain and Ellis/BATWW2).

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June 2008

Front right view
1: Front right view

Taken: 15 June 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2311
Added: 15 December 2009
Filename: IMG_0242...
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Rear right view
2: Rear right view

Taken: 15 June 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2312
Added: 15 December 2009
Filename: IMG_0245...
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Rear left view
3: Rear left view

Taken: 15 June 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 2313
Added: 15 December 2009
Filename: IMG_0247...
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