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    Men of the Royal armoured Corps staged a demonstration of their latest fighting weapons, at Lulworth camp in Dorset, recently.

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    Men of the Royal armoured Corps staged a demonstration of their latest fighting weapons, at Lulworth camp in Dorset, recently.

    Apart from the Australian developed Malkara anti-tank rocket, the highlight of the day was a bridge laying exhibition by the Centurion Bridgelayer.

    Weighting 49 tone this vehicle can span any gap up to 45 ft. It can take a load of 80 tons which means it can be used by any British tank. The bridge section is mounted on a tank-like carrier, which swings the bridge over the gap and then releases it from the vehicle, allowing the carrier to cross. The Bridgelayer is manned by a crew of two.

    In an interesting display of fire power three types of tanks went through their paces for the visiting officers from all sections of the armed forces. Most of the shooting was done by the Centurion Mark 88, which is fitted with a 20-pounder. This tank weighs 50 tons and has a range of about 115 miles - 60 across country - at a speed of 21 mph. The mark 88, is manned by a crew of 4. Apart from the main armament there is little difference between the Mark 8 and 9. Capable of more speed over a longer range the Mark 9 fires a 105 mm shell.

    The most powerful of Britain's tanks - the Conqueror Mark 2. - attracted a great deal of attention with its long barrel 120 mm gun. This 65 ton steal monster has a range of 60 to 95 miles at about 21 mph. A crew of four operate this vehicle.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA16PSJG4SGL1MXOBDJW4YXA6JB
    Media URN:
    VLVA16PSJG4SGL1MXOBDJW4YXA6JB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:38:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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