Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Tanks and AFVs (9) Nova Scotia

Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Nova Scotia

Data current to 26 Jan 2021.

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


Universal Carrier (a runner), Major (Ret’d) Bob Estabrooks, North Nova Scotia Historical Museum.


 (Terry Honour Photo)

 (Author Photo, 5 Sep 2018)

M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, located at the Royal Canadian Legion, 78 Churchill St.



The Centurion Main Battle Tank Mk. 5, 20-pounder main gun, 31A, built in 1952, previously on display at the Cornwallis Military Museum, has been moved to the Western Museum of the Armed Forces, Aldergrove, British Columbia. 

Glace Bay

M577 Command Post (Queen Mary), in front of the Marconi Armouries in Cape Breton.  (Andrew Morrison Photo)


Canadian M4A2(76)W HVSS Sherman "Easy 8" tank (CFR No. 78-778), “Hellfire”.  This tank was on display on the West side of the Halifax Armoury. It is currently stored at CFB Shearwater.  (Author Photos)


M4A2(76)W HVSS Sherman "Easy 8" tank, previously located at Cornwallis, it is now with a private owner.  (Photos courtesy of Pat Newman)

Kentville, Camp Aldershot

Centurion Main Battle Tank Mk. 5, 20-pounder main gun, Lanzy Road, Camp Aldershot.  (Author Photo)


M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier.


Universal Carrier Mk II, Tom Jeddry.

New Victoria

M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, Fort Petrie NHS.


M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, Cenotaph Park.


Ferret Scout Car, Truro Armoury, 126 Willow St, Truro.

Truro, Brad Mills Collection

Universal Carrier (a runner).

Ferret Scout Car Mk 1 (undergoing restoration).

British Ferret Scout Car Mk 2/3 (a runner).   (Photo courtesy of Brad Mills)


M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 126.


Major Hal Skaarup has woven together an informative and detailed synopsis of the carefully preserved and restored armoured fighting vehicles on display in Canada. He highlights the importance of these upon key turning points in history when these AFVs were in use as tools of war at home and overseas. We often associate the evolution of military prowess with the advancement of sophisticated technology. Major Skaarup's descriptions of Canadian armour as it evolved to the level it has today reveals that military planners have had to be continuously creative in adapting to the changes in modern combat. They had to devise many intricate techniques, tactics and procedures to overcome the insurgents and opposition forces faced in Afghanistan and future overseas missions where Canadian armour will be brought into play. This guide book will show the interested reader where to find examples of the historical armour preserved in Canada, and perhaps serve as a window on how Canada's military contribution to safety and security in the world has evolved.

Lieutenant-General Steven S. Bowes

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