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
Normandy 1944 Collection 96
Normandy 1944 Collection 96
Eastern Front Collection 339
Eastern Front Collection 339
Panzer III Ausf E (1)
Panzer III Ausf E (1)
Humber Heavy Utility (RBD 883)
Humber Heavy Utility (RBD 883)
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (521 FKL)
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (521 FKL)
Dodge WC-63 Weapons Carrier 6x6 (FSU 911)
Dodge WC-63 Weapons Carrier 6x6 (FS
Eastern Front Collection 851
Eastern Front Collection 851
Ford Iveco Cargo 100E18 7.5Ton 4x2 (GU 50 AA)
Ford Iveco Cargo 100E18 7.5Ton 4x2
Willys MB Jeep (383 XUJ)(Courtesy of Danny Flanagan)
Willys MB Jeep (383 XUJ)(Courtesy o
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tractor (Q 477 JFJ)
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tr
RASC 918 Company, B Platoon with Canadian Dodge Truck, possibly in Tunisia or Italy - Marked is Pvt Tommy Griffiths from Durham, but originally from Wales
RASC 918 Company, B Platoon with Ca
Nissan Terrano (GVA 282)(Malta)
Nissan Terrano (GVA 282)(Malta)
Normandy 1944 Collection 870
Normandy 1944 Collection 870
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (GSU 527)
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (GSU 527)
British Artillery Barrage
British Artillery Barrage
Eastern Front Collection 1363
Eastern Front Collection 1363
Diamond T 980 M20 Prime Mover (418 BD)
Diamond T 980 M20 Prime Mover (418
Land Rover 90 Defender
Land Rover 90 Defender
Westland Scout AH1 Helicopter (XR-597)(Courtesy of James Everett)
Westland Scout AH1 Helicopter (XR-5
Eastern Front Collection 1455
Eastern Front Collection 1455