The Matilda Diaries Part 12

Episode 12 of The Matilda Diaries chronicling the restoration of the Matilda infantry tank at the Bovington Tank Musuem is now online.  This clip looks at the restoration of the turret interior.

Tank Chats #31 Mark IX

Another “Tank Chats” video from the Tank Museum at Bovington.

The thirty first in a series of short films about some of the vehicles in our collection, presented by The Tank Museum’s historian David Fletcher MBE. The First World War Mark IX, the first armoured personnel carrier, was designed to solve the problem of moving infantry across the battlefield with the fighting tanks.

The Matilda Diaries Part 7

The Tank Museum video series documenting the restoration of their Matilda II infantry tank continues in part 7.

An Unofficial High-speed Tour of The Tank Museum Bovington (Part 2)

Nicholas “the Chieftain” Moran of World of Tanks continue his high-speed tour of the Tank Museum.

In case anyone is wondering which book the Chieftain is referring to when he talks about the British Covenantor, we suspect he is talking about A13 Cruiser Mk.V Covenanter: A Technical History by P.M. Knight.

Video: An Unofficial High Speed Tour of The Tank Museum Bovington (Part 1)

Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran gives us a high speed tour of the Tank Museum at Bovington. Part I.

WWI tankers glass shard ring

ring-composite-image-2016.8.18-12.2-large_trans++qVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8Telegraph Reporters has posted a story about a rather unusual ring on display at the Tank Museum in Bovington England.  This ring is on display as part of a collection of items related to the 100th anniversary of the first tanks in 1916.  The ring belonged to Lieutenant Sir Basil Henriques and the glass shard mounted on it came from the periscope of the Mark I tank that he crewed.  Artillery fire damaged the periscope, sending the shards into his face.  Medics removed the shards and he kept one, having it mounted on the ring which became a gift to his bride, Rose.  Years later his widow donated the ring to the Tank Museum.

The article quotes Museum director David Willey, who states:

“Our tanks are always going to have a presence and draw but objects like this ring help tell the personal stories of the men and their experiences.

“For us now it seems amazing that after a day of such terror, confusion and loss Henriques was able to think of his new wife and make a present to her out of something that had nearly blinded him.

“This is one of our smallest objects on display but certainly one of the most moving and is proving to be one of the most popular.”

Read the full article here.

Video: Tank Museum

Here is a reasonably well made amateur video showing the vehicles on display at the Tank Museum at Bovington.  No audio other than background music.  Still, it provides those who have not had an opportunity to visit the museum an idea of what is on display.

Matilda Diaries Part 6

In this short episode Workshop Technician, Johnathon Kneebone describes a couple of third party items from the Matilda that he’s been working on. There’s an air servo used in the transmission and the ingenious use of a bicycle part into the turret.

The Matilda Diaries Part 5

The Tank Museum at Bovington has posted another installment in their “Matilda Diaries” video series chronicling the restoration of the museum’s Matilda II infantry tank.  Museum staff Bob Darwood talks about the tank’s complex but practical epicyclic gearbox, how it works and what its restoration involves.

Tank Chats #23 Hornsby Tractor

In the 23rd Tank Chat, David Fletcher takes a look at the Hornsby Tractor. The Hornsby Tractor was the first tracked vehicle in service with the British Army. They were designed to tow artillery.  The Museum’s example is still running and is the oldest vehicle in the collection.