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
Iveco 90-17WM General Utility Truck (GVA 283)(Malta)
Iveco 90-17WM General Utility Truck
Normandy 1944 Collection 701
Normandy 1944 Collection 701
Normandy 1944 Collection 875
Normandy 1944 Collection 875
Scammell Commander Tractor (52 KB 92)
Scammell Commander Tractor (52 KB 9
AEC 0853 Matador (DBW 231)
AEC 0853 Matador (DBW 231)
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 19
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 19
Eastern Front Collection 587
Eastern Front Collection 587
Austin Champ (RDF 566 G)(94 BE 31)
Austin Champ (RDF 566 G)(94 BE 31)
Normandy 1944 Collection 845
Normandy 1944 Collection 845
Eastern Front Collection 142
Eastern Front Collection 142
Leyland Martian 10 ton Artillery Tractor (45 BM 81)
Leyland Martian 10 ton Artillery Tr
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (75 KH 91)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (75 KH 91)
Albion FT15N 6x6 Field Artillery Tractor
Albion FT15N 6x6 Field Artillery Tr
Eastern Front Collection 779
Eastern Front Collection 779
Berlin May/June 1945 232
Berlin May/June 1945 232
Bedford QLD 3Ton Tanker (TOO 234 N) 2
Bedford QLD 3Ton Tanker (TOO 234 N)
Eastern Front Collection 659
Eastern Front Collection 659
Humber 1Ton GS (DRD 979 C)
Humber 1Ton GS (DRD 979 C)
Bedford OYC 3Ton Tanker (RFF 760)
Bedford OYC 3Ton Tanker (RFF 760)
Humber Heavy Utility (SSV 940)
Humber Heavy Utility (SSV 940)