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Peninsula Barracks, Warrington, Britain

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Unique ID: 1831
Added to Database: 29 October 2011
Last Edited: 30 October 2011
Type (ID): Chieftain AVRE (3596)
Model (ID): Chieftain AVRE (3596)
Location Category (ID): Peninsula Barracks (3670)
Location (ID): External Display Area (3670)
Serial Number:
Registration: 01EB10: “O1 EB 1O” painted on nose.
Other Identification: Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.
Collection Reference:
Links: Defence News
Manchester Evening News
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Vickers-Armstrongs Limited, Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North East England, Britain (Sole manufacturer)
2: Peninsula Barracks, Warrington, Cheshire, North West England, Britain (Current location)

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This AVRE is displayed inside Peninsula Barracks near the main gate. It carries two fascines. When this vehicle was installed in January 2008, the MOD news release stated:

Cheshire barracks gets its very own Chieftain
Anybody passing Warrington's Territorial Army barracks this week will have noticed an imposing new addition staring out at them from the front gate.
A Chieftain Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE), the engineer variant of the world-famous Chieftain Main Battle Tank, has just taken up residence as the "gate guardian" at the Army barracks in the town.
It is a military tradition for every barracks to be "guarded" by a vehicle or weapon usually associated with the regiment in residence. 75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) is relatively new to Warrington, having only moved in last year, and the regiment wanted to make its mark on the town.
The AVRE vehicle will soon go out of service as a British Army vehicle, so 75 Engineer Regiment decided to give this one pride of place at the entrance. It was brought up to the North West last week from a barracks in southern England and just about squeezed through the gates at Warrington – with just two inches to spare either side!
Weighing in at 41.7 tonnes, the vehicle arrived, after dark, on the back of a 31-metre-long transporter, which required a police escort to navigate safely through the streets of Warrington. An amused crowd gathered to watch the engineers carefully guide the tank through the gates.
Lieutenant Colonel Seán Harris, Commanding Officer, 75 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers), said: "Having taken over this barracks from an infantry regiment last year, we wanted something at the entrance which would put the Royal Engineers stamp on the town. The Chieftain AVRE has been a key part of our work for decades, helping the Sappers in breeching minefields, crossing ditches and gaps, and clearing obstacles. It's therefore a great, visual addition to both the barracks and the town."
Warrant Officer Class Two Al Hayes, one of the Regular Army training staff at 75 Engineers (Volunteers), was in charge of getting the AVRE to the barracks. Asked if he was worried about it fitting through the gate posts, he replied: "We had a lot of non-believers, but I kept saying, 'don't worry, it'll get through'. It was extremely tight, two inches either side, but we took our time and everything went according to plan."

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The Chieftain AVRE, just visible through the barrack gates, now carrying fascine rolls
1: The Chieftain AVRE, just visible through the barrack gat...

Taken: 2009
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Photo ID: 5822
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January 2008

“The Chieftain AVRE stands guard at Warrington
2: “The Chieftain AVRE stands guard at Warrington's Arm...

Taken: 15 January 2008
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Photo ID: 5821
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“The Chieftain tank makes it through the gates of Warrington
3: “The Chieftain tank makes it through the gates of Warrin...

Taken: 10 January 2008
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Photo ID: 5820
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