Preserved Tanks In France
This is the 3rd edition of Trevor Larkum’s well known work which was first published in 1994. Trevor is a serious tank enthusiast and has written a number of books on preserved tanks that are available though his website www.armourarchive.co.uk
In recent years the accelerated growth of the internet has resulted in an increase in contact between the historians and this 3rd edition is a major revision and is extremely concise and up to date. As well as many new listings – from tanks on memorials to those hidden at the back of museums, the book updates ownership and movements of tanks - including GPS locations on many. There are pictures and updates supplied by some very well known names in the tank world. This new edition will doubtless encourage even more enthusiasts to keep Trevor’s database up to date. Although private ownership of tanks is more difficult in France than other EU countries, there are around 60 others that aren’t included as in most cases they aren’t accessible to the public.
A handy double page map of Normandy gives the current location of preserved tanks in the region– perfect for anyone doing the battlefield tour.
Sorted by region, each tank is detailed with all that is known about
it, its serial number, “nickname”, condition and any known
The Musee Des Blindes at Samur in the Loire Valley is well known - the book details all the exhibits and even more interestingly, what isn’t on show – at the legendary Samur storage depot – including two incredibly rare First World War models – the French built Schnieder and Saint Chamond tank – both of which had been in the USA at Aberdeen proving Ground until 1987.
If you are visiting Normandy or indeed any part of France, this fabulous book is an essential companion. Keep your copy with you at all times – with around 450 preserved tanks in France, mostly on public view, you are never far away from one! With the current level of interest in tanks and the increasing number of ownership changes, I am sure we will see a 4th edition in the next five years.
Preserved Tanks in France – 154 pages – available in colour
or black and white from www.armourarchive.co.uk