Museum Visits – Lamanva Military Vehicle Museum, Cornwall July 1988

Lamanva Military Vehicle Museum, Lamanva, 3 miles from Falmouth Cornwall

Visited July 1988

The museum was created by the late Charlie Mann, I think in the late 1970′s. Charlie was a real character who I first met on the MVCG – as the MVT was first known as – commemorative tour of military vehicles to Normandy in June 1974, for the 30th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. Charlie had amazed us all with his US Half Track and Bedford QL Trooper with army unit badges showing the map of Cornwall. He was also  the military vehicle advisor to the film A Bridge Too Far, made in 1977 telling the story of the Arnhem landings. Following the film, many of the props used were bought by Charlie and used in his museum. For example, look at the replica Horsa glider fuselage, which visitors can walk through, and also the flat bottom boats that Robert Redford rowed across the Rhine River in the film.

We visited the museum in July 1988 while on holiday in Cornwall and took the photos you see below. Have a close look at the ‘German’ trucks ! These were provided by Charlie for the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Harrison Ford. I seem to remember they were actually based on US GMC CCKW 353 6×6 Trucks !

Sadly Charlie died in I think the late 1980′s and the collection was split up, so there’s no chance to visit the museum. Some say part of the collection was bought by Flambards Experience also in Cornwall. I noticed however that the Scottish Military Vehicle Group list their Dodge WC-51 Weapons Carrier as being ex-Lamanva, so there may be other vehicles from the collection out there somewhere.  I wonder what became of the Horsa glider section ?

Random Images From Collection
Eastern Front Collection 562
Eastern Front Collection 562
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (75 KH 91)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (75 KH 91)
AEC 0870 Militant Mk3 10Ton Recovery (WOT 428 H)
AEC 0870 Militant Mk3 10Ton Recover
Hotchkiss M201 Jeep (AAW 994 A)
Hotchkiss M201 Jeep (AAW 994 A)
Berlin May/June 1945 106
Berlin May/June 1945 106
US Forces Berlin District
US Forces Berlin District
Ford F8 8cwt GS (LEV 96)
Ford F8 8cwt GS (LEV 96)
Tiger I (8)
Tiger I (8)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (77 KH 70)(Copyright ERF Mania)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (77 KH 70)(Co
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Land Rover S2 109 SAS Pank Panther (10 FG 57)
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Land Rove
US 187 Infantry Brigade
US 187 Infantry Brigade
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (873 DUO)
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (873 DU
Eastern Front Collection 688
Eastern Front Collection 688
Berlin May/June 1945 16
Berlin May/June 1945 16
Leyland Daf 4Ton Cargo (74 KK 09)(Copyright of JE Peckmore)
Leyland Daf 4Ton Cargo (74 KK 09)(C
Bedford QLR 3Ton 4x4 Radio
Bedford QLR 3Ton 4x4 Radio
Scammell Constructor 20Ton 6x6 Tractor (VFF 114)
Scammell Constructor 20Ton 6x6 Trac
Normandy 1944 Collection 864
Normandy 1944 Collection 864
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (VFF 586)
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (VFF 586)
Vauxhall Astra Estate (GC 73 AA)
Vauxhall Astra Estate (GC 73 AA)