Local Rotherfield/Sussex wartime History #1 – Canadian Army Churchill MkI/II turret.

Posted: September 17, 2014 in local history

DSCF9932 (1024x768)Well I just had to?  Come on, everyone would do this if they had the chance.

This is the first in a series of local wartime finds that I’ve been meaning to put up for a while. So this discovery just south of Royal Tunbridge Wells was quite unexpected. Ok I knew there was a bit of a tank relic there but I hadn’t counted on it being a whole turret that’s been just dumped on the ground for anyone to crawl all over.

So onto the history bit, its a British Churchill tank turret (Mark I or II, (Thanks Grant!) you can tell by the convex front where the barrel would protrude from) This version was was not particularly successful after the Dieppe raid/disaster and replaced with a better more recognisable MkIII/IV turret version. Some of the remaining ones were kept for training purposes of which this one almost certainly was. The spot where its located was a training camp for the Canadian Army prior to the D-Day landings (Apparently there are also remnants of a WWI training trench used to train soldiers in the earlier conflict so another visit beckons – Huzzah!)

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What really impresses me is how thick the armour is. Just look at the photo of the rear of the turret. More local war time relics/sites/things wot I like to follow

  1. Tara Blackwell says:

    Yay, more wild pony spotting for me too! 😉 xxxxxx

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