The pennant flown from General Bernard Montgomery’s tank in north Africa has emerged after almost 80 years – and is to go on display at the Tank Museum in Dorset.
A Union Flag flown during the eight-month siege of Tobruk in World War Two and a huge, German swastika flag captured during the relief operation are to be exhibited for the first time at The Tank Museum.
The Tank Museum in Dorset has opened its new exhibition marking the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC).
Around 2,000 schoolchildren from across Dorset invaded the Tank Museum for a ‘Big Bang’ science and engineering event.
The last member of the Tank Corps to be killed in the First World War has been identified – and he died just days before the Armistice in the very last tank battle. Eric Robinson had also taken part in the very first tank attack on September 15, 1916, and had served throughout, receiving injuries and being awarded the Military Cross and Bar.
For the first time ever the four Victoria Crosses awarded to members of the Tank Corps in World War One will be brought together and put on display – at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset.
The Director of the Tank Museum Richard Smith has been awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2018 birthday honours list.