Tanks & Military Hardware

Many of the vehicles and hardware on show at this year’s We Have Ways Fest are extremely rare and some now the last survivors of their kind.  The festival offers the opportunity to see, touch, smell and hear these machines.  

Many will be in action over the course of the festival weekend, although there will also be special events in which there will be an opportunity to see expert living historians, using original period techniques, tactics, drills and instructions, operating alongside these tanks, artillery pieces and other machines to help further our understanding of how troops worked and moved forward together during the war. 

Living History

Monty's Men

The Royal Artillery Garrison

military hardware

Universal carriers

centaur tank

Kettenkraftkrad

25 Pounder Field Guns

Sherman tank

M3 Grant

opel blitz

Austin Tourer

3.7" Anti Aircraft Gun

Quad Ant with 18 Pounder Gun

Guy CWT

Scammel Pioneer

Bedford QLR

AEC 850

Morris Truck

Fleet Of Jeeps

Humber 8 CWT

Humber Scout Car

Daimler armoured car

Daimler Dingo

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Monty's Men

Monty’s Men are, without doubt, the finest Second World War re-enactment group in existence.  A group of passionate historians, they follow, very precisely, training drills and tactical doctrine as it existed within 21st Army Group in 1944-45.  While in uniform, they use only period materials from toothpaste, to clothing, to the food they eat. Joining this organisation is by invite only and tough entry requirements are strictly maintained. Great emphasis is placed on those in the group being the correct age, size and fitness.  Monty’s Men is an organisation that normally eschews the limelight; training exercises are generally conducted away from the public glare.  As a result, we are extremely fortunate to have them at We Have Ways Fest and for them to be willing to cast light on the life of a British and Commonwealth soldier of the second half of the Second World War.

The Garrison

The Garrison Artillery Volunteers were formed over 30 years ago in the early 1990s to promote the understanding and interpretation of the UK’s wartime coastal defences. The group soon found itself branching out into field artillery supported by an anti-aircraft and a searchlight section. 

The Garrison are a group of like minded volunteers whose aims are to rediscover and learn all technical aspects of gunnery during the 20th Century. We demonstrate the skills of both male and female gunners using period equipment.

The highlight of We Have Ways Fest 2021 was the excellent display put on by Track and Wheel and The Garrison Artillery Volunteers. This year will be bigger and the guns on display will pack an even larger punch. 

On display will be:

25 pounder

18 pounder field gun

17 pounder anti tank gun

6 & 2 pounder anti tank gun

Anti aircraft guns

3.7” mountain howitzer

German anti tank weapons

T-34 Tank

One of the most successful tanks of the Second World War. Most nations underestimated the scale and quality of Soviet tank production before 1939, and the Germans were no exception. 

The T-34 had evolved from earlier designs in 1940, all of which featured the American Christie suspension system. What set the T-34 apart was the skilful use of sloped armour to increase the thickness of the tanks sides.

Universal Carrier

Conceived as a machine gun carrier between the wars, the Universal Career became ubiquitous with British infantry movement through the Second World War.

Lightly armoured but fast and manoeuvrable, they towed anti-tank guns, mortars, mounted radios, gun crews and ammunition.

Centaur tank

The Centaur Tank has a unique place in British History, it’s conception led to the design of the Cromwell – which became the mainstay of the British home produced tank force.

This was the first Second World War tank that began to achieve the correct balance between armour, hitting power, weight and speed. 

Kettenkraftkrad

One of the rarest vehicles on display at the festival, the German Kettenkraftkrad looks like a mixture of a tank and motorcycle. These proved remarkably effective during Russian winters.

Sherman tank

At this year’s We Have Ways Fest, Track and Wheel Heritage will display three unique Sherman tanks – including the M4A1 and the M4A4.

The Festival will see a troop of Shermans carrying out an advance to contact in a demonstration of armour and infantry working together seldom seen. 

M3 Grant

The M3 Grant was a pioneer of US tank warfare. This was America’s first Second World War tank big enough and strong enough to withstand the European theatre. The M3 Grant was on the cutting edge of wartime technology, it included a 75mm gun in a side sponson with a 37mm gun in a cast top turret.

Opel Blitz

During the interwar era, Opel became the largest truck manufacturer in Germany. The Blitz (German for “lightning”), became a brand name for various light and middle-weight trucks, right up to 1975.  During the Second World War, the Opel Blitz became the prime utility truck of the Wehrmacht, deployed in every front.

Austin Tourer

The Austin Tourer was nicknamed “The Breakfast Car” as it was so often borrowed by young officers to visit their girlfriends as long as “it was returned before breakfast”.

The Austin Tourer was eventually replaced by the Jeep during the Second World War.

Guy Quad Ant

The Guy Quad Ant on display at this year’s festival was built in 1938 and survived the entire Second World War. Its role in the war was to tow 18 and 25 pounder guns into position for firing. 

Guy CWT

We are proud to be displaying the Guy CWT at this year’s festival, a staple of the BEF during the Second World War.

Scammel Pioneer

The Scammel Pioneer was a vast improvement on its predecessor – the AEC 850. This vehicle was so reliable they were still in use by the British army until the 1990s.

Bedford qlr

Bedford were the key providers of trucks for the British Army. 

The Bedford on display at the festival started life at Bletchley Park and its crew listened for German radio transmissions and sent them to the Park to be decoded. Later in the war it went to Normandy just after D-Day and then joined 30 Corps on its trip to the bridges. She ended her war in Eindhoven and survived only because she was used as a recruiting truck into the 1970s.

AEC 850

The AEC 850 was an experimental truck that towed guns, tanks and heavy ammunition cross country to support attacking troops. Many went to France at the start of the Second World War but none returned. At We Have Ways Fest this year we have one of the last surviving operational AEC 850 in the world.

Morris Trucks

At We Have Ways Fest this year we will have a wide variety of Morris trucks on display that had wide ranging roles for the British Army.

Jeep

We Have Ways Fest will be displaying a fleet of Jeeps collected by Charlie Huntingford.

Humber cwt

A massively popular vehicle in the Second World War, the Humber CWT was a great multi-purpose vehicle.

Humber Scout Car

During the Second World War, upmarket car company Humber turned their hand to making staff cars, armoured cars, scout cars and various one offs such as the Humber Hexonaut. 

At this year’s festival, you can see a Humber Scout Car, a PU, and a ‘Woody’. The latter of which was captured by the Germans at Dunkirk and then used by the Kreigsmarine until it was repatriated in 1944.

Daimler Armoured Car

When tasked to produce an armoured car that could be driven forward or backwards with different steering wheels, British motoring company Daimler had to innovate.

Their armoured car, with a unique ‘H Layout’ drive train, was fast, manoeuvrable and reliable. This made it one of the best heavy reconnaissance cars of the allied wartime forces. 

Dingo Armoured Car

The Dingo was quickly nicknamed the baby brother of Daimler’s original Armoured Car. It was the smallest heavily armoured recce vehicle of the war. 

We will have two Dingos on display at the festival, one of which has a very rare early design including a folding roof.

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