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 ?

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Eastern Front Collection 535
AEC 0853 Matador (RRF 136 L)
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Morris MRA1 1Ton (JEC 740 N)
Morris MRA1 1Ton (JEC 740 N)
Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Wrecker (Q 347 OBP)
Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Wrecker (Q 347
Berlin May/June 1945 16
Berlin May/June 1945 16
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (FNX 663)
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Chevrolet Custom Deluxe Station Wagon (84B-2774)
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Scammell SV1T Breakdown (TYJ 752)
US 45 Infantry Division (Thunderbird)
US 45 Infantry Division (Thunderbir
M4A1 Sherman landing from an LST (Landing Ship Tank)
M4A1 Sherman landing from an LST (L
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Normandy 1944 Collection 270
Eastern Front Collection 457
Eastern Front Collection 457
Stug III SPG (2)
Stug III SPG (2)
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Crossley 1GL8 3Ton 6x4 Workshop (KU
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 1
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 1
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Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (02
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11 Light Brigade
Eastern Front Collection 836
Eastern Front Collection 836