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Dummy Tank Mk I (Front view, left side)

 
 

Front view, left side

Picture courtesy of
Slesvigske Regiment on Foot Historical Collection

 

The high weight of the Centurion received in 1953 made the need for a dummy tank clear, and the first of the "Dummy Tanks" was build on a Universal Carrier. The conversion-kit comprised of a tubular steel-frame with a fake turret and stove-pipe gun, all simulating the dimensions of the Centurion. It soon became clear that these contraptions were too large and vulnerable, and their size were reduced to about half. In some instances the lower frame was deleted all together.
Around 180 carriers were converted to Dummy Tanks.
The Mk.-designation is not official.


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