TANKFEST is the world’s biggest display of historic moving armour. Located at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, the festival is running between 28-30 June this year with a formidable array of tanks, living history and other events.
One of the highlights of TANKFEST 2019 will be the appearance of a fully restored German Panther tank from the Second World War. This 50-ton war machine is part of the collection of the Musee des Blindes in Saumur, France and has been restored and transported across the English Channel TANKFEST’s generous sponsors, World of Tanks. The Musee des Blindes has already demonstrated a highlight from their collection before in 2018 when they brought over their French Char B1.
Speaking about the Panther’s appearance this year, Richard Smith, Director of the Tank Museum said, “This will be the first time a panther has run at TANKFEST and there are currently no other running examples in the UK, so this presents enthusiasts with a fantastic opportunity to see one in action. Transporting such a large vehicle this distance is quite an undertaking, so we would like to thank our French counterparts and our sponsors World of Tanks for making this possible.”
The Panther will be joined by the Tank Museum’s own collection of running armour as well as other guest vehicles at the spectacular June 2019 event. These will include a Soviet T-34 and a British Sherman Firefly, which were the Panther’s key Allied adversaries.
TANKFEST is an advance ticket only event and there will not be any tickets for sale on the day. Visitors will need a TANKFEST ticket to gain entry to the Tank Museum over the three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
To find out more about TANKFEST and buy tickets for the festival visit: www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/tankfest
To read the programme for TANKFEST visit: www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/tankfest-programmeI