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Centurion Tank

This object is a Centurion AVRE 165, which is a support variant based on the Centurion tank design that was first introduced in late 1945 to take part in the war in Europe.


The Kent-based Royal Engineers used the Centurion for combat engineering with a 165 mm demolition gun. Improvisation, modification and innovation is a recurrent theme in the Kent military story.

Royal Engineers Museum

Royal Engineers Museum,
Prince Arthur Road,


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. The chassis was also adapted for several other roles, and these have remained in service to this day.

Curriculum Links:

  • KS1: Significant Events
  • KS2: Local History, Second World War, Forces, Mechanical Systems
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, Developments in Design and Technology, Materials and Components
  • KS4: Forces, Metals and Alloys


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