Craig Moore chats to Gavin Barlow of Armoured Engineering to find out more about the Sherman V and a recent rebuild
Based in the south-east of England at Old Romney, Kent, Armoured Engineering specialises in the repair, restoration and maintenance of World War Two tracked armour. Many readers will have seen the company’s work without realising. In 2017, the team overhauled the Tank Museum’s Vickers Mk IV light tank and won the Milweb Award for Most Outstanding Military Vehicle at The War and Peace Revival 2017. Company director and mechanic Gavin Barlow and mechanic Paul Lovell are both serving REME reservists. They are currently assisted by mechanic Dave Voice who previously worked at the Tank Museum.
In 2018 they were asked by William Bannister to rebuild his 1943 Sherman V tank and make it ready to take part in the XXX Corps Operation Market Garden rally in September 2019.
This they successfully managed to do. William is a trustee of The Tank Museum and the Sherman will be on long term loan to the facility. William bought the tank and covered the cost of the rebuild to stop this rare and most representative Sherman used by the British Army in World War Two being sold to the US. He also owns the recently restored M3A1 British Army Stuart on display at the Tank Museum.