Muckleburgh Military Collection, Norfolk, 19th June 2017


Our last photo stop during our trip to Norfolk was the Muckleburgh Military Collection near Weybourne. I have attempted to go here before a couple of years ago, but the last time we tried it was the day before they opened for the summer season… D’OH!

Based on the site of an anti aircraft training facility at Weybourne camp, the collection is one of the largest of it’s type in the country, and unlike other museums, all of the collection is privately owned (bar some pieces on loan).

The collection covers a long era of military history with some items dating back hundreds of years, including pieces from the Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry collection.

There is a lot here, ranging from tanks through to anti aircraft rockets, I was in my element. The only downside is that unless you have a wide angle lens (which I don’t) you can struggle to get a whole piece in, but still, its a fun challenge.

I had a lot of trouble deciding what to cut out of this report, because I didn’t want it to be too picture heavy, so here are 22 of the ones I liked the most.

Diamond T Wrecker.

Amphibious transport truck.

British Army “Saracan” APC.

M4 “Sherman”.

American M16 “Half-Track”.

British A34 “Comet”.

British Army “Rapier” anti air.

American M8 “Greyhound”.

German “Panzer” PZ61.

Howitzer artillery gun.

British Bristol “Bloodhound” anti aircraft missile.

American CCKW 353 Truck, also known as “Deuce and a Half”.

The English Electric “Thunderbird” anti aircraft missile.

Panzer tracks.

Looking inside the “Saracan” APC.

Trying to be arty with the gun sites of the cannons previously located on a warship.

German V-1 “Flying Bomb”.

Hawker Siddeley “Harrier”.

Lift jet from the Harrier.

Radar station, which I believe is still controlled by the RAF.

This might not look like much, but seeing one of these is not unusual. Mounted on a big lump of concrete, this spigot would mounted a mortar, or more likely in this case a machine gun around a defended position. These were set up all round the country in WWII, chances are there is one not too far from you.

 

 

If you like your military history, then this place is fascinating. On some days, they also allow you to ride in some of the tanks, as most of the tanks in the museum are still in working condition.

It’s a good little stop if you are in the area.

I am off to RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) this weekend, so expect a military aircraft heavy post in the not so distant future.

As always, thanks for looking.

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