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
Commer Q4 3Ton Cargo (SXF 539)
Commer Q4 3Ton Cargo (SXF 539)
Eastern Front Collection 1512
Eastern Front Collection 1512
Eastern Front Collection 1149
Eastern Front Collection 1149
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (TMU 371 Y) 2
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (TM
Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Cargo (JJD 245 D)
Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Cargo (JJD 245
AEC 0853 Matador (GFH 108)
AEC 0853 Matador (GFH 108)
Eastern Front Collection 845
Eastern Front Collection 845
Eastern Front Collection 538
Eastern Front Collection 538
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (UPH 810 X)
GMC 353 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (UPH 810 X)
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Bedford MJ 4Ton Ptarmigan Radio
Wartime in the Vale 2010, Bedford M
Berlin May/June 1945 171
Berlin May/June 1945 171
British 15 Infantry Division (Embroid)
British 15 Infantry Division (Embro
Eastern Front Collection 1327
Eastern Front Collection 1327
Eastern Front Collection 671
Eastern Front Collection 671
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (81 KH 57)
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (81 KH 57)
Eastern Front Collection 707
Eastern Front Collection 707
AEC 0870 Militant Mk3 10Ton Recovery (FYA 22 J)
AEC 0870 Militant Mk3 10Ton Recover
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (13 GJ 39)
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (13 GJ 39)
Bedford TK 4x2 Tractor (92 RN 48)
Bedford TK 4x2 Tractor (92 RN 48)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (3211 VF)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (3211 VF)