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
US 10 Infantry Division
US 10 Infantry Division
Normandy 1944 Collection 155
Normandy 1944 Collection 155
Willys MB Jeep (578 UXL)
Willys MB Jeep (578 UXL)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (RVS 433)
Willys MB/Ford GPW Jeep (RVS 433)
Seddon Atkinson Strato 380 Tractor (FX 47 AA)
Seddon Atkinson Strato 380 Tractor
Berlin May/June 1945 186
Berlin May/June 1945 186
Reynolds Boughton RB44 (97 KJ 17)
Reynolds Boughton RB44 (97 KJ 17)
Panzer III (2)
Panzer III (2)
Standard 12hp Light Utility (608 DKX)
Standard 12hp Light Utility (608 DK
Velocette MAF 350cc (JUJ 636) 2
Velocette MAF 350cc (JUJ 636) 2
Eastern Front Collection 814
Eastern Front Collection 814
Eastern Front Collection 209
Eastern Front Collection 209
GMC 352 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (USU 526)
GMC 352 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (USU 526)
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (LGV 571)2
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (LGV 571)2
Eastern Front Collection 770
Eastern Front Collection 770
GMC 352 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (TAS 895)
GMC 352 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (TAS 895)
Austin 10hp Light Utility (UCG 71)
Austin 10hp Light Utility (UCG 71)
AEC 0853 Matador (Q 462 MHK) 2
AEC 0853 Matador (Q 462 MHK) 2
Eastern Front Collection 466
Eastern Front Collection 466
VW Minibus Careers Service (27-900) 2 Army Recruiting Unit, SME Casula NSW, 19 Aug 1979
VW Minibus Careers Service (27-900)