Churchill needs your help – Tank Museum’s plea to restore iconic tank

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.

Advertisement 

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.

Churchill and Tiger at Tiger Day 13 (1)
The Tank Museum

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.

19 August 1942 Churchill Tank Mark III Betty at Dieppe (2)
The Tank Museum

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.

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.

Advertisement 

Top stories

Swanage man and Corfe Castle woman jailed after drug gang bust A man from Swanage and a woman from Corfe Castle have been imprisoned for their part in an organised crime gang which trafficked cocaine and cannabis from Dorset into Wales. 2 months ago Group of teenagers assault and seriously injure man in Swanage 2 months ago Hundreds of acres in Purbeck to be flooded to save Poole property 2 weeks ago Swanage pub closes due to ‘financial difficulties’ as bills soar 1 month ago Rosy outlook for bold new Swanage venture 3 weeks ago

Most recent

Watch out for ‘floating terrors’ washing up on Purbeck beaches Walkers along the Purbeck Coast, especially those with dogs, are being warned to look out for a venomous sea creature washing up on shore. 12 hours ago Swanage woman jailed for stealing cash from Dorset Police 2 days ago New mystery object on Swanage Beach sparks intrigue 3 days ago Swanage Railway volunteer signals his retirement after 31 years 4 days ago Dog plunges 28 metres from top of Studland’s Old Harry Rocks 5 days ago