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
Berlin May/June 1945 20
Berlin May/June 1945 20
Austin K5 3Ton GS (PPM 319)
Austin K5 3Ton GS (PPM 319)
Berlin May/June 1945 59
Berlin May/June 1945 59
Standard 12hp Utility Conversion (LMP 627)
Standard 12hp Utility Conversion (L
AEC 0853 Matador (PFJ 849 M)
AEC 0853 Matador (PFJ 849 M)
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 31
Original German WW2 Studio Photo 31
Austin K2 2Ton GS (SSV 293)
Austin K2 2Ton GS (SSV 293)
Bedford QLD 3Ton 4x4 Chassis and Cab
Bedford QLD 3Ton 4x4 Chassis and Ca
Eastern Front Collection 1158
Eastern Front Collection 1158
Eastern Front Collection 155
Eastern Front Collection 155
Eastern Front Collection 1369
Eastern Front Collection 1369
Royal Artillery
Royal Artillery
M4 Sherman with Rocket Launcher
M4 Sherman with Rocket Launcher
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tractor (Q 405 XUX)
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tr
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tractor (BSV 376)
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tr
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (AF 413)(Cyprus) 2
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (AF 413)(Cyprus
Berlin May/June 1945 74
Berlin May/June 1945 74
Eastern Front Collection 1023
Eastern Front Collection 1023
Bedford TK 4x2 Tractor (92 RN 48)
Bedford TK 4x2 Tractor (92 RN 48)
Eastern Front Collection 169
Eastern Front Collection 169