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Centurion Tank

Australian War Memorial - Joy of Museums - Centurion Tank

Centurion Tank

This Centurion Tank, No 169056 saw service from October 1970 to September 1971. While in service in the Vietnam War, it had the call sign “5Bravo” and an enemy RPG struck its barrel and wounded the driver in June 1971.

In 1968, Centurion Tanks were deployed to South Vietnam in support of the 1st Australian Task Force. Centurion Tanks provided fire support for the infantry up until late 1971 with a total of 58 tanks taking part in operations in South Vietnam.

The Centurion, introduced in 1945, was the primary British main battle tank of the post-Second World War period. It is widely considered to be one of the most successful post-war tank designs, remaining in production into the 1960s, and seeing combat in the front lines into the 1980s.

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Other historical objects from the Australian War Memorial, featured in “Joy of Museums” include the following are some highlights:

Centurion Tank

  • Title:                     Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle
  • Manufacturer:      Thales, Bendigo
  • Number Made:    1,200
  • Weight:                12,400 kgs
  • Engine:                 Caterpillar 3126E 7.2L six-cylinder turbocharged diesel
  • Max Road Speed:  100 kph
  • Range:                   800 kms
  • Main Armament:  Forward Main Gun Ring with 5.56mm or 7.62 mm machine-gun
  • Museum:              Australian War Memorial

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