Monty's Bedroom Caravan ( Mack )

Catalogue number
  • 4109.51.1
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IWM Duxford
  • whole: Height 12 ft, Length 27 ft, Width 8 ft
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  • Monty's Bedroom Caravan ( Mack )
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Object description

WW2 Italian caravan body remounted on a British 6x4 truck chassis. Used as sleeping quarters by General Montgomery as part of his mobile tactical headquarters.

History note

A driver with the 4th Armoured Brigade, Corporal Albert Bromley recounts being delegated the task of driving the caravan to Cairo subsequent to its capture.

History note

This is the second of Montgomery's caravans. It was Italian-built & mounted on a Lancia Chassis. It was captured by the 8th Army in Tunisia in May 1943 from Field-Marshal Giovanni Messe, Commander of the 1st Italian Army during the final stages of the North African campaign. Messe told Montgomery that it had also been used by Rommel. The caravan was subsequently mounted on a Mack chassis in Tripoli & Montgomery, promoted General after the Battle of El Alamein, subsequently used it as his bedroom for the remainder of the war.

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