Military

Military vehicles and equipment from many theatres of war. . .


From the Land Wars to the Vietnam era, the collection includes a huge variety of vehicles, ordnance and equipment. We have US army trucks, a Jeep, a Damlier Ferrett Scout Car, and military motorcycles used in WWII, including the light-weight Royal Enfield Flying Flea dropped by parachute behind the lines. Land Rovers include series 1 and 2, plus the rarer forward control Land Rover.

On display are engines used for both marine and aeronautical use, including a rare Packard/Merlin Mustang engine, the 12-cylinder Napier Lion engine ("w" configuration) a 1932 Lycoming radial engine and the Gypsy Moth engine used in the Tiger Moth.

The ordnance includes a WWI 4.5" Howitzer, black powder cannons used for signalling, and a naval gun turret from the HMNZS Achilles. The WWI Howitzer and Achilles gun turret are both undergoing preservation at the moment.

Also in the collection, and to be displayed when we can get funding for appropriate glass cases, are some extremely rare and delicate old Military uniforms and equipment. 

Click here to view the HMNZS-Achilles-4-B-Gun-Turret

Click here to view the WW1 4.5" Howitzer


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