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
M5 Stuart with Wading Gear (1)
M5 Stuart with Wading Gear (1)
US 2 Infantry Division (Indian Head)
US 2 Infantry Division (Indian Head
Normandy 1944 Collection 843
Normandy 1944 Collection 843
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (DXJ 169)(USA)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (DXJ 169)(U
Guy Ant 15cwt GS (GWU 522)  (Courtesy of Denis)
Guy Ant 15cwt GS (GWU 522) (Courte
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (LFF 107)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (LFF 107)
Eastern Front Collection 391
Eastern Front Collection 391
Willys M38 MC Jeep (BUD 1 V)
Willys M38 MC Jeep (BUD 1 V)
Eastern Front Collection 83
Eastern Front Collection 83
Karrier K6 3Ton GS (NTL 743) 2
Karrier K6 3Ton GS (NTL 743) 2
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (Q 491 GJA) 2
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (Q 491
Berlin May/June 1945 119
Berlin May/June 1945 119
Horse Drawn Transport
Horse Drawn Transport
Aveling Barford 690 Dump Truck (01 FX 82)
Aveling Barford 690 Dump Truck (01
Land Rover S3 109 (64 KB 22)(Courtesy of Student Covey)
Land Rover S3 109 (64 KB 22)(Courte
Leyland T45 Roadtrain 4x2 Tractor (White Helmets Display Team)(00 WH 05)
Leyland T45 Roadtrain 4x2 Tractor (
British 13 Infantry Division (Printed)
British 13 Infantry Division (Print
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 14
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 14
Fordson ET6 Thames 3 ton 4x2 Cargo
Fordson ET6 Thames 3 ton 4x2 Cargo
Berlin May/June 1945 212
Berlin May/June 1945 212