Bovington Tank Museum
The tank museum is home to a German Tiger Tank that saw service during World War II. A figure in WWII era German military uniform was once seen looking at the tank through the museum windows. It has been speculated that the figure is the ghost of a one time occupant of the tank. This is maybe the last remaining operational Tiger Tank.
According to the Bournmouth Daily Echo, 16th February 2005. ‘Museum spokesman Nik Wyness said: “Over the years, stories have circulated of unusual goings-on inside the museum with sightings of ghostly figures, mysterious footsteps and tales of staff reporting an uncomfortable feeling of being watched.”
“One enduring story is of a grey figure believed to be that of a German officer, who is said to wander the museum floor at night. Sightings were reported so frequently that the figure has become affectionately known as “Herman the German”.
Former staff have since claimed that Herman was an invention designed to keep mischievous children away from the museum at night. But this doesn’t explain the continued sightings.
Nik added: “The museum is full of machines that were designed for war and have witnessed some of the most distressing and testing human experiences that it is possible to imagine. “Each one has a story, and so many carry the visible scars of battle that we can only speculate on the fate of their occupants. “That is the reality of any museum that features the weapons and machines of war.”