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
Eastern Front Collection 898
Eastern Front Collection 898
Eastern Front Collection 395
Eastern Front Collection 395
Ford Iveco 3828 4x2 Tractor (18 RN 60)
Ford Iveco 3828 4x2 Tractor (18 RN
Simca Marmon MH600BS 1.5Ton 4x4 Cargo (KAS 195)(Courtesy of Nicky B)
Simca Marmon MH600BS 1.5Ton 4x4 Car
Leyland Hippo Mk2 10Ton GS (RTV 454 G)
Leyland Hippo Mk2 10Ton GS (RTV 454
Eastern Front Collection 734
Eastern Front Collection 734
Foden 8x6 IMMLC Drops (AG 21 AA)
Foden 8x6 IMMLC Drops (AG 21 AA)
Wolverhampton Bantock House 1940\'s Show, Sept 2010 - Two Military Policemen
Wolverhampton Bantock House 1940\&#
Eastern Front Collection 798
Eastern Front Collection 798
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (VFF 158)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (VFF 158)
Normandy 1944 Collection 730
Normandy 1944 Collection 730
Dodge WC-56 Command Car (XBH 990)
Dodge WC-56 Command Car (XBH 990)
AEC 0853 Matador (JXO 217)
AEC 0853 Matador (JXO 217)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (MUD 248)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (MUD 248)
Land Rover 110 Defender (35 KF 88)
Land Rover 110 Defender (35 KF 88)
Normandy 1944 Collection 898
Normandy 1944 Collection 898
Hillman Minx 10hp Staff Car (NSK 622)
Hillman Minx 10hp Staff Car (NSK 62
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tractor (HSJ 741)
Scammell Explorer 10Ton Recovery Tr
Tatra OT-810 Armoured Semi-Track
Tatra OT-810 Armoured Semi-Track
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (81 KH 00)2
Leyland Daf 8x8 Drops (81 KH 00)2