Cobbaton Combat Collection

Military museum and tourist attraction, this North Devon collection covers mostly World War Two and the years 1939 - 1945, but with exhibits from the Boer War right up to the First Gulf War. Ranging from military surplus British Army - plus Canadian and Russian Forces - tanks, guns, helmets, artillery, grenades, and bombs to Home Front ration books, gas masks, ARP and Home Guard uniforms and blackout lamps. In 1981 Preston Isaac\'s runaway hobby was opened to the public, and just keeps growing. On site is a large shop stocking collectors’ items, de-activated guns, inert ammunition, clothing, hats, badges, survival equipment, books, CDs, toys, souvenirs and much more. \" The displays are cluttered by anyone\'s standards, this is partly due to a simple lack of space, but also the desire to recreate the feeling of vehicles which are men\'s homes, as well as a fighting vehicle. For many men, all they had was in or on their vehicle. We keep having shunting sessions to fit in another vehicle, and sometimes still manage to surprise ourselves by squeezing in “just one more”. The 1360 square yards of the two main buildings are packed with some 45 vehicles and artillery pieces, with displays in between. We have about 20 different military radios, from 19 Sets to the great Canadian 52 Set on display, but profess no technical knowledge \" Over 200 deactivated small arms are on show, from the old faithful Lee Enfield No1 Mk3 of WW1, and the Stens and Brens of WW2, to a quite rare Vickers K, and more unusual, a .50\" Vickers, and a 15mm Besa.
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exhibition, collection, military vehicles, tanks, guns, bombs, ammunition, north, devon, world, war, two, boer, first, gulf, british, army, canadian