A TANK IN YOUR TOWN

During the 1930s hundreds of towns and cities around the UK had military hardware on display, but these were often unwanted as Richard Pullen discovers

The ownership and preservation of historic military vehicles are often hampered by one thing: finding good, available examples in need of restoration. Wouldn’t it be nice if hundreds of rare ex-army machines had been just left lying around, unwanted and often free to a good home? Perhaps nowadays, this is just a dream, but if we go back to the late 1930s, hundreds of towns and cities around the country had military hardware on display, usually hardware they could not wait to get rid of.

Captured German trench mortars and field guns were to be found all over the place, displayed in town squares, playing fields and parks from Glasgow to Portsmouth.

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