Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Photos from the Australian War Museum 1980's

This short collection of photos was taken sometime in the early 1980's.   The colour is a bit washed out but they do record some of the external exhibits that were at the AWM then.   I cannot be totally sure but I think many of these have now been relocated or stored away.

First off is the Centurion.   This was a tank that saw active service in Vietnam until it was damaged by a mine in 1968.   It was returned to Australia and repaired with a donor hull from New Zealand stocks.

The M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier

I believe this vehicle belonged to A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Royal Australian Armoured Corps and saw service in Vietnam.   Not depicted on the vehicle was it's moniker, which was "Blood, Sweat and Tears".

The AC3 Sentinel Tank

The Sentinel series of tanks are a personal favourite of mine, the tank depicted below is the AC3 variant which mounted a 25 pdr gun.   There was also a prototype which mounted two 25 pdrs side by side.
The Sentinel was an Australian success story.   Designed and built in a very short time, the Sentinel by all accounts would have been a very useful tank.   It never saw active service, due to American tanks becoming more available to the Australian Army.   A number of Sentinels were used in the 1944 film "The Rats of Tobruk".   Most of the Sentinels were either scrapped or de-militarised and used as land clearing dozers. 

The Matilda Infantry Tank

Not much to say about this one, it appears to be perched upon some form of military bridging.

WW1 German Anti Aircraft Gun

Again, not much to say about this one, I am hoping some of the more knowledgeable viewers of this blog may provide more information.


  1. Thanks for posting these. The AA gun is one of Herr Krupp's finest - an M1917 88mm - the forerunner of the beast we all know and love from a later conflict. I always rather liked the Sentinel tank. Any idea what the big gun barrel is in the first Sentinel photo?

    1. Your very welcome Tim. Thanks for the ID on the AA gun, you can certainly see the parentage. The barrel you refer to is, I believe, is an 8" from HMAS Australia. There is also the barrel from the Amiens Gun, a Krupp Rail Gun, but I don't have any photos of this unfortunately.