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 675
Normandy 1944 Collection 675
Bedford MWD 15cwt GS (HVS 891)
Bedford MWD 15cwt GS (HVS 891)
Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton 4x2 Tractor (07 AN 55)
Leyland Hippo Mk3 10Ton 4x2 Tractor
Land Rover 101 GS (69 FL 53)(Copyright of Tim Neate. This photo should not be reproduced without his permission)
Land Rover 101 GS (69 FL 53)(Copyri
Land Rover 110 Defender (33 KG 28)
Land Rover 110 Defender (33 KG 28)
Alvis Stalwart Amphibious Truck (24 EK 71)
Alvis Stalwart Amphibious Truck (24
Eastern Front Collection 1401
Eastern Front Collection 1401
AEC 0859 Militant Mk1 10Ton Gun Tractor
AEC 0859 Militant Mk1 10Ton Gun Tra
REME Unit, with Scammell & Bedford QL
REME Unit, with Scammell & Bed
Seddon Atkinson Strato 380 Tractor (98 RN 50)2
Seddon Atkinson Strato 380 Tractor
Eastern Front Collection 556
Eastern Front Collection 556
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (DUJ 101)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (DUJ 101)
ford-gpw-jeep-csu-239
ford-gpw-jeep-csu-239
Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Runway Sweeper (00 CP 43)
Bedford RL 3Ton 4x4 Runway Sweeper
Eastern Front Collection 589
Eastern Front Collection 589
Bedford TM 6x6 Cargo (38 KE 30)
Bedford TM 6x6 Cargo (38 KE 30)
Sultan CVRT Armoured Command Vehicle (92 KB 21)
Sultan CVRT Armoured Command Vehicl
LDV Sherpa Van (88 KG 97)
LDV Sherpa Van (88 KG 97)
Morris C4 15cwt GS (CSV 286)3
Morris C4 15cwt GS (CSV 286)3
British 8 Brigade
British 8 Brigade