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
Trailer, Sankey Catering (14 TM 76) Closed (Courtesy of Michael Williams)
Trailer, Sankey Catering (14 TM 76)
Renault R2087 0.75Ton Cargo (AAT 876)(Belg)
Renault R2087 0.75Ton Cargo (AAT 87
Bedford TM 6x6 Cargo (40 KE 51)
Bedford TM 6x6 Cargo (40 KE 51)
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (02 BD 16)
Thornycroft Antar 60Ton Tractor (02
Normandy 1944 Collection 673
Normandy 1944 Collection 673
Southern Command - RASC (Embroid)
Southern Command - RASC (Embroid)
Hotchkiss M201 Jeep (AAW 994 A)
Hotchkiss M201 Jeep (AAW 994 A)
Sd Kfz 232 Heavy Armoured Car
Sd Kfz 232 Heavy Armoured Car
Land Rover S2 Ambulance (OCV 383 F) Front
Land Rover S2 Ambulance (OCV 383 F)
Bedford QLD 3Ton House Body (RSU 635)
Bedford QLD 3Ton House Body (RSU 63
Eastern Front Collection 1340
Eastern Front Collection 1340
Eastern Front Collection 1476
Eastern Front Collection 1476
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (83 KD 40)(Copyright ERF Mania)
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (83 KD 40)(C
Foden 16Ton 8x4 Low Mobility Tanker (52 GB 43) 2
Foden 16Ton 8x4 Low Mobility Tanker
Albion CX22S 6x4 Heavy Artillery Tractor
Albion CX22S 6x4 Heavy Artillery Tr
Eastern Front Collection 738
Eastern Front Collection 738
Eastern Front Collection 401
Eastern Front Collection 401
British Troops in France
British Troops in France
P291 HMS Puncher (Archer Class Navy Patrol Vessel) in Portsmouth Harbour
P291 HMS Puncher (Archer Class Navy
Normandy 1944 Collection 22
Normandy 1944 Collection 22