World War II tank finds new home at Leicestershire activity centre

One of the few original remaining Sherman tanks, believed to be a survivor of the D-Day landings has found a new home on the outskirts of Market Harborough. It will join over 40 other tanks and armoured vehicles at the paintball and activity centre Armourgeddon in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire. Staff at the centre are about to embark on an eight month project to restore the vehicle to its fully functioning heyday.

Craig Haw, Events Manager at Armourgeddon with Lucky 7
Shipped over from Europe during the Christmas period, the Sherman tank arrived at Armourgeddon last week. Built for use by the allies in 1944, the tank first saw action in the Second World War and was used in a number of campaigns believed to include the D-Day landings in Normandy. The new owners are now planning to carry out a comprehensive search of the vehicle’s history. Known as ‘Lucky 7,’ the tank has a 105mm Howitzer gun and was in use for many years by the military before becoming part of a private collection in Belgium prior to the Leicestershire move.

"We are delighted to add Lucky 7 to our range of tanks, it’s a really impressive machine and once restored it will help us to make the whole visitor experience even more interesting,” comments Craig Haw, Amourgeddon’s Events Manager. “In fact, we believe that we now have one of the largest collections of tanks of any activity centre in the country."

Armourgeddon offers visitors a range of different experiences including tank paint balling, which takes place on a course set in a World War II bombing range in addition to a quad assault course, rifle shooting and standard paintballing. It is believed to be the only centre in the UK that uses real tanks as part of a paintball event.

"We find that our tank activities are popular with people of all ages and backgrounds,” comments Craig. “Companies book them as a team building exercise whilst our dads and lads sessions are popular gifts. We also regularly host hen and stag parties as well as many other events."

Tank battles take place between April and September, but the centre itself is open all year round. People taking part in activities at the centre range in age from 8 to 80.

Visit www.armourgeddon.co.uk for more details.

Image: Craig Haw, Events Manager at Armourgeddon with Lucky 7, the World War II tank.

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