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
Diamond T 968A 4Ton 6x6 Cargo
Diamond T 968A 4Ton 6x6 Cargo
Humber Pig 1 Ton Armoured Car (28 BK 05)
Humber Pig 1 Ton Armoured Car (28 B
Normandy 1944 Collection 651
Normandy 1944 Collection 651
Eastern Front Collection 575
Eastern Front Collection 575
Eastern Front Collection 772
Eastern Front Collection 772
Austin K6 3Ton Breakdown Gantry (GSU 700)
Austin K6 3Ton Breakdown Gantry (GS
Carmichael Gloster Saro Crash Tender (02 AY 19)
Carmichael Gloster Saro Crash Tende
Eastern Front Collection 674
Eastern Front Collection 674
US 23 Corps
US 23 Corps
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (88 KH 69)(Copyright ERF Mania)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (88 KH 69)(Co
Scammell Pioneer R100 Gun Tractor (OPB 329)
Scammell Pioneer R100 Gun Tractor (
Austin Champ (CSU 660)
Austin Champ (CSU 660)
Normandy 1944 Collection 94
Normandy 1944 Collection 94
Foden 16Ton 8x4 Low Mobility Truck (11 GB 38)
Foden 16Ton 8x4 Low Mobility Truck
Normandy 1944 Collection 106
Normandy 1944 Collection 106
Eastern Front Collection 387
Eastern Front Collection 387
Eastern Front Collection 1386
Eastern Front Collection 1386
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (VJN 382 S)
Scammell SV1T Breakdown (VJN 382 S)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (78 KH 94)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (78 KH 94)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (75 KH 91)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (75 KH 91)