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
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (44 HF 17)
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (44 HF 17)
Eastern Front Collection 879
Eastern Front Collection 879
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (NVS 131)
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (NV
Eastern Front Collection 47
Eastern Front Collection 47
Eastern Front Collection 518
Eastern Front Collection 518
Albion WD-HD 23N 10Ton 6x4 Tipper
Albion WD-HD 23N 10Ton 6x4 Tipper
Land Rover 110 Defender
Land Rover 110 Defender
Normandy 1944 Collection 364
Normandy 1944 Collection 364
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (12 DM 24)
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (12
Bedford QLD 3Ton Tanker (ESU 721)
Bedford QLD 3Ton Tanker (ESU 721)
Normandy 1944 Collection 590
Normandy 1944 Collection 590
Willys MB Jeep (126 UXS)
Willys MB Jeep (126 UXS)
D96 HMS Gloucester (Type 42 Class Destroyer)(Copyright of Bruce Burnell) Photographed June 2008
D96 HMS Gloucester (Type 42 Class D
Land Rover 127 Ambulance (NF 27 AA)
Land Rover 127 Ambulance (NF 27 AA)
Land Rover S3 109 (63 HG 62)
Land Rover S3 109 (63 HG 62)
Humber Pig 1 Ton Armoured Car (HPA 180 K)
Humber Pig 1 Ton Armoured Car (HPA
Daimler Ferret Armoured Car Mk2 (VVS 780
Daimler Ferret Armoured Car Mk2 (VV
British Troops with US Army Blackhawk UH-60 Helicopter
British Troops with US Army Blackha
AEC 0853 Matador (YVS 404)
AEC 0853 Matador (YVS 404)
Eastern Front Collection 334
Eastern Front Collection 334