A few weeks ago one of my workmates asked if I had seen the tank near the MOD DSDA depot in Ashchurch (Defence Storage and Distribution Agency (DSDA) is the storage and distribution arm of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)). I did not even know there was one, and the furtherest I had been in that direction was St Nicholas Parish Church. My ears went up and I added this to my list of things to see. Unfortunately many odds and ends prevented me from heading out that way, but this morning, with the sun shining and frost on the ground I grabbed the Rusticle and headed off into the distance.
It was not very warm though, and I kept on thinking that I needed another warm jacket, but after a few minutes cycling I was a bit warmer and and soon passed the station and St Nicholas. I wanted to pop into the church on my way back but that was still to come.
Then I was at the depot and the tank was in view.
I am not really a boffin on tank identification, and only found out when I got home that she is a FV4201 Chieftain, which were main battle tank of the United Kingdom during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. By all accounts they were formidable vehicles and a number of variants of it were built.
She is really in need of a coat of paint at this point, but overall is in a reasonably good condition. She has the serial number 36 on her hull, which may mean something to somebody somewhere.
Google Earth co-ordinates are: 51.998504°, -2.099172°
Chalk one more up as completed. And a very nice vehicle it is too
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