Book Alert: Centurion Main Battle Tank: 1946 to present

Haynes has published a new entry in their series of owners workshop manuals on tanks titled Centurion Main Battle Tank: 1946 to present (Owners’ Workshop Manual).  This new book explores the British Centurion Main Battle Tank.   Written by Simon Dunston, this is a hardcover book of 160 pages with numerous color photos, charts and images.

Publishers Description:

First trialled in Europe in the spring of 1945, but formally introduced into British Army service in December 1946, not only is the Centurion one of the most important tanks in the history of the British armoured fighting vehicle (AFV), but it is also one of the most significant post-war Western tanks. Between 1946 and 1962, 4,423 Centurions were built in 13 basic marks and numerous variants, with the chassis also adapted for several other AFV roles. A small number of the Beach Armoured Recovery Version (BARV) served with the British forces during the Iraq War of 2003, some 58 years after the Centurion first entered service! The Centurion has seen extensive combat in the Korean War (Britain), Vietnam (Australia), the Middle East (Israel) in the 1967 Six Day War, 1973 Yom Kippur War, and during the 1978 and 1982 invasions of Lebanon, and in the Indo-Pakistan War (India) in 1965 where it fought against US-supplied M47 and M48 Patton tanks.

Video: The Churchill Trust gets a Centurion

The tank restoration group The Churchill Trust has posted a video showing off their newly acquired Centurion tank.

Video Description from The Churchill Trust:

We have had a busy year, but one of the highlights has been the arrival of a Centurion tank. This represents the era after the Churchill Tank, with its Merlin derived engine, and a history that stretches from the end of World War 2 to the 1960’s and in that period, the main armament traces the development of the 20 Pounder and the 105mm gun as well as the ammunition for them. This tank is a 105mm version with an IR searchlight and gun stabilisation: the latest of the line.

To find out more about The Churchill Trust (and to view photos of their collection of Churchill tanks), be sure to visit their website or at facebook.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Centurion Part 2

Part 2 of the Chieftain’s look at the British Centurion tank.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Centurion. Part 1

Nicholas Moran of World of Tanks takes a look at the British Centurion.