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
Austin Champ (874 UXJ)
Austin Champ (874 UXJ)
Leyland Daf 26 6x4 Refueller (14 AY 67)
Leyland Daf 26 6x4 Refueller (14 AY
Steyr 4x4 Cargo (UNF-462)
Steyr 4x4 Cargo (UNF-462)
Eastern Front Collection 296
Eastern Front Collection 296
Dodge 100 G26T 4x2 Tractor (87 RN 60)
Dodge 100 G26T 4x2 Tractor (87 RN 6
Normandy 1944 Collection 233
Normandy 1944 Collection 233
Avro Vulcan (XL-320)
Avro Vulcan (XL-320)
Jet Provost (XR662) Left
Jet Provost (XR662) Left
M15/42 Medium Tank (2)
M15/42 Medium Tank (2)
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Hotchkiss M201 Jeep (265-1634)
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Hotchkiss
Leyland Daf 4Ton Cargo (26 KJ 02)
Leyland Daf 4Ton Cargo (26 KJ 02)
Berlin May/June 1945 141
Berlin May/June 1945 141
US 101st Airborne Soldiers 2
US 101st Airborne Soldiers 2
Foden 6x6 FH70 Artillery Tractor (42 GB 21)
Foden 6x6 FH70 Artillery Tractor (4
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (CFK 879)
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (CFK 879)
Austin 10hp Light Utility (ORE 89) 3
Austin 10hp Light Utility (ORE 89)
Eastern Front Collection 1218
Eastern Front Collection 1218
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (UVS 703)
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (UVS 703)
Normandy 1944 Collection 178
Normandy 1944 Collection 178
US Anti-Aircraft Command Western Defense Command
US Anti-Aircraft Command Western De