The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset is asking for help to fix a historic tank after it suffered a major mechanism failure while taking part in a tank display.
The Churchill Mark III, which is on loan from the Churchill Trust, was literally stopped in its tracks when broken parts fell into the clutch with enormous force – rendering it completely inoperable.
It was the only running tank of its kind still in existence, until its mechanical failure during the Tiger Day 14 display in September 2020.
Hire specialists to fit the tank with newly manufactured parts
The museum is now looking to raise £5,000 for the repairs. This will allow them to hire specialists to fit the tank with newly manufactured parts – and prevent the fault from happening again. It’s hoped the tank can be repaired in time for Tankfest 2021, the museum’s major annual event.
These British tanks saw frequent action during World War Two, including at the pivotal Battle of El Alamein in Egypt. They were also deployed in Tunisia, Italy and North West Europe.
Tanks in action
The popular Tiger Day at The Tank Museum gives enthusiasts the chance to see the iconic Tiger 131 Tank in action. This was a fearsome heavy armoured German tank from the Second World War.
Following a year tainted by the COVID pandemic, The Tank Museum is hoping to enter the new year in top gear, with the next Tiger Day set for 24th April 2021.
Other upcoming events include a Night at the Museum photography experience on 5th February 2021 and a range of activities for children during the February half-term.
Donate to help Churchill
Anyone who wants to chip in to help repair the Churchill Mark III can do so via The Tank Museum’s website.