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PostSubject: Centurions tanks in service in Berlin area   8/3/2008, 09:55

I'm a modeller trying to build a 1/35 scale of Centurion mk5/2 or 6. I have been recently in Berlin. Would it be possible to recreate a scenario of it in the Berlin district of the 60'?
I know it's a "strange" question for the forum

thanks for any answer in advance

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PostSubject: Re: Centurions tanks in service in Berlin area   7/4/2008, 13:27

Hi Alberto,

I found this while surfing and thought it might be relevant?

The 4th Royal Tank Regiment was in the British sector of West Berlin to provide armored support for the 3000 British infantry stationed there. Since 1945 and with the division of Berlin the US, France and England administer sectors of West Berlin and station armed forces there as a deterrent Soviet aggression. On August 22, 1961 the British 4th Royal Tank Regiment was one of the military units stationed there. This is the day of the first casualty of the crisis when a woman fell to her death from a window while trying to escape to the West. Tensions mounted and one of the British tanks standing ready for any action was the Centurion Mk. 5 of 10 Troop, C Squadron, commanded by Sgt. “Jake” Jacobs. His tank had several distinguishing features. First the main gun had a “Type A” barrel when most Mk.5’s had a “Type B”. The paint color of overall US Olive Drab was very unusual for a British tank in Berlin at this time. Keeping with 4th RTR tradition of using the letter “D” to name their tanks “Diehard” is painted on the track guard stowage bins. Keeping with another tradition started in WWI when a Chinese businessman covered the cost to have a tank built, there is a “Chinese Eye” painted on the front face of the turret stowage bins.

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PostSubject: Re: Centurions tanks in service in Berlin area   2/9/2008, 19:16

There are a few inaccuracies in that report, albeit minor. There was not a tank regiment deployed to Berlin, only a squadron. January 1961 - April 1963 C Sqn 4 RTR was the Berlin Armoured Squadron, they were accommodated in Spandau barracks next to the prison. The other sqadrons A & B were deployed at Lemgo and Celle respectively, RHQ remaining at Hohne. I was stationed at Lemgo with LAD A Sqn.
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PostSubject: Re: Centurions tanks in service in Berlin area   23/3/2011, 16:48

Probably a bit late for your project albert1971 but here are a couple of photos of C Sqn 4RTR that may be of interest to you. They were both taken inside Smuts Barracks in Spandau, Berlin in 1961

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