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Royal Jordanian Tank Museum.
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Do we know about this? Opened four years ago this month, and rather spectacular. The Great War not neglected.

This is the Museum's very swish website: https://rtm.jo/

However, Tripadvisor shows 129 photos of the building and the vehicles, including 2 WWI replicas: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g293986-d14175699-Reviews-Royal_Tank_Museum-Amman_Amman_Governorate.html

The replicas don't get 10 out of 10 for accuracy. See pics. One looks pretty much like a Mark I with camouflage. I havent found a caption for it. The Mark IV looks familiar. Have we come across it somewhere before? (Btw, it was described on Wikipedia as a Mark I, but I've had it corrected.)

 

 



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Well, fancy that. I thought the Mark IV replica looked familiar. It has come to me. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the mock-up tank that features in the film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Remember that? Built on a British Centurion chassis.

League_of_Gents_Jordan.jpg

I'll drop the museum a line and see if they can tell us anything.

 



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Here's what I've managed to find out.

Mostly from https://hmvf.co.uk/topic/12251-gun-tank-to-arv-to-hollywood-well-prague-anyway/

Briefly:

This machine began life as a film prop in 2003, appearing at the opening of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9SR3ihECbY

It was built by Adrian Barrell, using a British Centurion AVRE with the superstructure as required by the film's director.

Its next role was as a normal tank in a BBC WWI documentary. That involved the removal of the nose and cannon, and the fitting of the sponsons with 6 pdr guns. As Mr. Barrell says, "Still not a replica but close enough for that production."

I haven't yet found out what that production was. Any help appreciated. It isn't Our World War https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5lf1e That uses the Bovington/War Horse B46 Big Brute.

Mr. Barrell wrote in 2010, "I believe the tank is now in Jordan." When asked why, he says, "The King of Jordan is building a Tank Museum; he is a tankie himself." (He very much is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_II_of_Jordan#Military_career)

How it got from the BBC to Jordan is the missing connection. I wonder whether there's anyone at the museum who know its history?

Enquiries continue.



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I've emailed the museum, but no response.



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