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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Tanks preserved in Canada 5b: Ontario, CFB Borden

Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in the Base Borden Military Museum, CFB Borden, Ontario

The page for AFVs preserved in Ontario has grown too large to download quickly, so the Tanks and AFVs on display in the Base Borden Military Museum at CFB Borden, Ontario, are listed here separately.  (This should keep the webpage from crashing).

The data found on this page has been compiled by the author.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any additions, correctons or amendments to this list of Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Canada would be most welcome. 

If you have information and photographs of armoured fighting vehicles missing from this list that you are willing to share, updates would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

Data current to 15 Jan 2017.

Factory fresh Whippet tank, Wm. Foster & Co, Lincoln, England, ca. 1917.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3395114)

 (Photo courtesy of Balcer)

Whippet Medium Tank Mk A tank, (Serial No. A371), “Judith”, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M1917 tanks arrive at Camp Borden, Oct 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3563837)

M1917 tanks arrive at Camp Borden, Oct 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3325255)

M1917 tank, Camp Borden, Maj Gordon Churchill, 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3613389)

M1917 Light Tank, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Vickers Mk VIb Light Tank, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

 (Photo courtesy of Balcer)

Matilda Infantry Tank Mk II, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Valentine Infantry Tank Mk. III, under construction in Montreal, 23 May 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 31925884)

The Valentine Infantry Tank Mk. III built by the CPR Angus Shops in Montreal, Quebec, was designed for the support of infantry in attack.  It entered production in England in 1940 and in Canada in 1941.  The first examples of this tank with a three-man turret went to the Canadian Armoured Fighting Vehicles Training Centre at Camp Borden where they were used for gunnery and tank commander training.  1,390 Canadian produced Valentines were sent to Russia, while 30 remained in Canada for trials and training.  Valentines were powered by a General Motors 6-cylinder, 2-cycle Diesel Engine and equipped with three-wheel Bogie assemblies.  Its main armament was an Ordnance QF 2-pounder Mk. IX gun and a .30-calibre Brownning M1919A4 machine-gun co-axially mounted on the mantlet.  War department numbers for the 30 Valentines in Canada ran from CT-138916 to CT-148945.

 (Photo courtesy of Balcer)

Valentine Infantry Tank Mk. III.  Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Valentine Bridgelayer tank, near Melfa, Italy, 23 May 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586332)

Sherman V and Stuart tanks, 5th Canadian Armoured Division in village square, Bergen -op-Zoomn, NE, 31 Oct 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3191555)

M5A1 Stuart Light Tank, (Serial No. 3894), MGen Worthington Memorial Park, No. 1 beside the memorial marker, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M5A1 Stuart Light Tank, (Serial No. 5193), MGen Worthington Memorial Park, No. 2 beside the memorial marker, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Churchill tank of the Three Rivers Regiment taking part in Exercise SPARTAN, England, 8 March 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3209253)

Churchill Infantry Tank Mk 1, (Serial No. T31108), MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario. This tank was used for cold weather testing at Kapuskasing, Ontario from 2 March to 2 April 1942.

Ram II tank with 6-pounder gun, A33 Canadian Armoured Corps Training Establishment, Camp Borden, Ontario, 7 July 1943.  (Lt Ken Bell Photo, Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3587207)

Ram II tanks in service at Camp Borden, ca. 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4232758)

Ram II tanks in service with the 27th Armoured Regiment (the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment) of the 2nd Armoured Brigade and the North Nova Scotia Highlanders of the 9th Infantry Brigade on manoeuvres, conditioning for Second Front Operations, 13 April 1944.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3255723)

Ram II tank with auxiliary turret, Shop No. 167, (Serial No. WD CT39947), MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Ram II tanks on maneuvers, c 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, WRC-3176)

Ram II Tank, Camp Borden, ca 1943.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4232753)

Ram II Tanks, Camp Borden, ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4232618)

 

Ram II tank with auxiliary turret removed (Serial No. 1399), TKC, (Serial No. WD CT159854), Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Grizzly tank (75-mm gun), Shop No. 13, North Gate, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

 

Grizzly  tank (75-mm gun), Shop No. 98, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

 (Photos courtesy of Doug Knight)

Grizzly tank with 17-pounder Firefly turret, (Serial No. 65), one of a kind prototype, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Canadian M4A2(76)W HVSS Sherman "Easy 8" tank (Serial No. 64985), built by Fisher, Reg. No.  30122964, full side skirts, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum.

Tank crew of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers, 27 Canadian Armoured Brigade, changing the tracks on a Sherman III tank in England, 20 April 1944.  The soldier in front of the tank has directed the driver to reverse the drive sprockets to pull the T49 steel tracks to the rear while the soldier at the side of the tank is guiding the tracks over the steel suspension units.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4542721)

Sherman IIIAY tank, No. 8, (Shop No. 217), 75-mm gun, fitted with “Canadian Indestructible Roller Device” landmine exploder (CIRD) fittings, Waterloo Officer’s Mess, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.  Diesel variant.

Sherman Crab flail tank coming ashore from an Landing Craft Tank (LCT), Walcheren Island, the Netherlands, fall 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3614385)

M4A4(75) Sherman Crab Mk. II mine flail tank with 75mm gun, built by Chrysler (Serial No. 5072)  Reg. No. 3056882, DV.  MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M4A4(75) Sherman Crab flail tank test, 27 Apr 1944.  (IWM Photo H38080)

Centurion Main Battle Tank Mk 5, 20-pounder main gun, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

The Canadian Army took delivery of 274 Centurion Mk. 3 tanks between 1952 and 1953.  The Centurion had well-sloped armour, superior mobility andexcellent gun and fire control systems compared with its then existing contemporaries.  The first 21 Centurions were delivered to the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Germany in March 1952, where they served with the Canadian contingent of the NATO forces based there.  The Centurions were used for training in Canada in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  The Mk. 3 tanks were modified to Mk. 5 standard with the replacement of the co-axial Besa MG with a .30-calibre Browning MG.  Most of the Centurions in Canada retained 20-pounder main guns, while the Centurions in Europe were upgunned to the Mk. 6 standard with the L7 105-mm main gun and additional armour in 1962. The Centurions in service with 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (4 CMBG) in Germany were brought up to Mk. 11 standard in 1965 by fitting a .50-calibre Browning HMG aligned alongside the .30-calibre Browning MG, the fitting of a 100-gallon fuel tank on the rear hull plance, and the installation  of infrared night-fighting gear.  Nine Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARV) were purchased by Canada in 1954, and four armoured bridge-layers (ABL) in 1966.  Centurions ended their service in Germany on 2 June 1977, and in Canada as late as 1979 when Leopard tanks began to replace them.

Centurion tanks on exercise in Germany, 1964.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4235750

Centurion Main Battle Tank Mk. 5, 20-pounder main gun, in front of the Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV), Ex Reforger Oct 1974, Germany.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4816325)

Centurion ARV Mk. 2, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Leopard tank, Fall Ex, Sep 1977.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4728086)

German Leopard 1A4 Main Battle Tank, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

T17E1 Staghound Armoured Car, Base HQ, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M109 155-mm SP Howitzer, Rod & Gun Club, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

 

German Panzer Mk. IV knocked out near Pontecorvo, Italy, being examined by RCA soldiers, 5th Canadian Armoured Division, 26 May 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3405800)

Canadian soldiers examining a disabled Panzer Mk. IV, Gruchy, France, 9 Jul 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3226723)

Captured German Second World War quadruple AA FlakPanzer IV Wirbelwinds being examined by US troops, Belgium, 30 Jan 1945.  (US Army Photo)

Captured German Second World War quadruple AA FlakPanzer IV Wirbelwinds being examined by US troops, France, Sep 1944.  (US Army Photo)

German Second World War quadruple AA FlakPanzer IV Wirbelwind.  (world war photos)

German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

CF Leopard 2ER Buffalo, lifting the German Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind.  It is being moved to an indoor hangar for restoration.  (Canadian Forces Photos, CB10-2016-0488-%20002 and CB10-2016-0488-%20003)

German Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Light Tank Destroyer, 1945.  (US Army Photo)

German Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Light Tank Destroyers, 1945.  (Wehrmacht Photo)

German Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Light Tank Destroyer, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Canadian soldiers with German halftrack, Norderney, Germany, 8 May 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3230904)

Italian Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 Light Tank, Italian XX Armoured Corps, ca 1942.  (Royal Italian Army Photo)

Italian Fiat-Ansaldo M13/40 Light Tank, Museum Hangar, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M24 Chaffee Light Tank, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

American M60A3 Patton Main Battle Tank, Ex Certain Rampart 80, Germany, Sep 1980.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4822597)

American M60A3 Patton Main Battle Tank, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Russian T-34/85M Medium Tank, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

 

Russian T-55 Main Battle Tank cutaway, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Russian T-55 Main Battle Tank, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Russian T-72 Main Battle Tank, MGen Worthington Memorial Park, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M74 Tank Recovery Vehicle, RCEME Barracks, CFB Borden, Ontario.

Universal Carrier, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Bobcat Armoured Personnel Carrier prototype, CFR 57-80001, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M3 Half-track, (Serial No. CZ4289153), with .50 cal HMG mounted, Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Sexton 25-pounder SP Gun Mk II, (Serial No. CA172355), Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M113, river crossing, Bavaria, 8 Sep 1984.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4868492, left and 4868489, right)

M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier Ambulance, No. 30, Base Hospital, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, 88E, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

M113 C & R Lynx, inside the North Gate on along the main route through, the base, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

AVGP Cougar, in front of the Museum Hangar, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

AVGP Cougar, Soutwest of North Gate, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

AVGP Grizzly, in storage compound, CFB Borden Military Museum, Ontario.

Bison MRT, storage compound, CFB Borden.

Caterpillar D7 Bulldozer, Engineer Lines, CFB Borden.

Centurion ARV, Engineer lines, CFB Borden.

British FV432 AEV, M14C, Engineer Lines, CFB Borden.

 (Photo courtesy of Andre Blanchard)

M578 Light Recovery Vehicle.

Other Museum Vehicles on display

Truck, ca 1950 Heavy Duty Wrecker, inside the museum.

Truck, 5-ton M62 Wrecker (one of two).

Truck, 5-ton M62 Wrecker (second of two).

US M-151 Truck, Utility, 1/4-ton, 4 X 4 Jeep (G838), inside the museum.

Iltis ¼- ton Truck, (one of two).  Military Police School grounds.

Mercedes 608D flatbed truck with an Iltis ¼- ton Truck, (second of two) on board, in front of the museum.

 (Photo courtesy of Andre Blanchard)

Utility truck, in front of the museum.

Bandvagen BV-206 on operations 1988.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3930991)

Bandvagen BV-206s, RCE lines, CFB Borden.

Airfield Fire Truck display, CFB Borden.

A pair of Military Motorcycles are preserved inside the museum, including two from the Second World War era, with one on display and a second is preserved in its original packing crate.

Canadian Military Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson WLC42 Motorcycle, ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3613098)

Matchless Motorcycle, ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3613093)

Servi-cycle Motorcycle (only 24 obtained, 12 of which went overseas), ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3613094)

Norton Motorcycle, ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3613095)

Norton Motorcycle, ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3613097)

Norton Motorcycle, ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3613100)

Norton Motorcycle, ca 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo)