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Jackson M36 tank destroyer fires its main gun

Demountable rack offload and pickup system (DROPS)

M3 half-track

The BBMF Hurricane displayed on Saturday but bad weather on Sunday meant a no-show for the Spitfire. We did, however, have high- altitude fly-overs by three B-52 bombers!

CVR(T) display

Check- point Charlie

This is the only one remaining of 15 Mercedes G Wagons used by the British military on missions. It was involved in five ramming incidents by the East German military during its history. There have been a number of American and French crew killed carrying out these missions.
The crew consisted of a driver, navigator in the front, and an officer who sat in a centrally mounted higher positioned rear seat. The crew could come from any branch of the British military: Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force. All crew were restrained in the vehicle by multi-point harness seat belts.
The British Commanders-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany (BRIXMIS) was formed on  September 16, 1946, between the Chief of Staff of the British and Soviet forces in occupied Germany.  The agreement remained in force until October 2, 1990, when along with the French and American teams they were deactivated on the eve of Germany’s reunification. BRIXMIS came under the title of Operation Jupiter, the longest serving operation in the British Forces.
The teams’ area of operations was the whole of East Germany, about the size of England and Wales. Duties consisted of gaining information on Warsaw Bloc equipment and they quickly learnt the art of tarpology, the skill in identifying vehicles hidden under tarpaulins.
We would like to thank the Intelligence Corps Museum at the Defence Intelligence Security Centre at Chicksands, Bedfordshire, and especially Bill Moss, for allowing their vehicle to be displayed.

Mighty Centurion tank

Some of the team from the Military Vehicle Trust's South East Midlands Area which brought you Wicksteed at War 2016. We're looking forward to seeing you again on June 9-11, 2017.