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Centurion AVRE at Duxford
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No: 2495   Contributor: Alex Drennan   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong   Country: England
Centurion AVRE at Duxford

Photo taken on 30th August 2010
Picture added on 25 September 2010 at 16:58
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Imperial War Museum, Duxford, England, United Kingdom
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Hi Alex,
Thanks for the post, can you tell us what AVRE stands for?
Regards,
Alf

Added by AlfvanBeem on 25 September 2010.
Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers
is it 165 mm demolition gun?

Added by Kreuzerkrieg on 25 September 2010.
It's a bunker buster to clear bunkers and other items which get in the way of the armoured division

Editor note: someone forgot to enter the name field. :-)

Added by on 29 September 2010.
OK, as it says it's the 165 Centurion Mk 5 AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers). The 165mm fired the HESH (High Explosive Squash Head) round and was amazingly accurate, It would primarily be used against area targets such as Bridge piers, abutments, reinforced positions, bunkers etc. The vehicle also had te Dozer Blade mounted on the front and a Fascine / Class 60 sradle mounted on the front Glacis plate. In addition it towed either a Giant Viper trailer or the purpose built 'AVRE Trailer' with either 1 Fascine or up to 3 rolls of Class 60 trackway in it.
The Cent Avre's were last used in the 1st Gulf War, not bad for an AFV that first came into service in the 1950's!

Added by Blue George on 04 February 2012.
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