"Taliban motorbike" goes on show at Imperial War Museum as part of War Story season

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 October 2012
A photo of three soldiers standing in barracks, the middle man posing on a motorbike
Corporal Daniel Cartwright, 1st Battalion, The Rifles on the newly captured bike in Checkpoint Shaparack, Afghanistan (2011)© IWM
A Honda motorbike captured by British soldiers in Afghanistan during a chase with Taliban insurgents last summer will go on show to the public as part of a display at the Imperial War Museum aiming to present first-hand accounts of life for service personnel.

The bike was captured when two men lost control of the bike during an encounter with members of 1st Battalion, The Rifles on a track in Nahr E Saraj in May 2011.

The riders disappeared into the nearest village, but the troops from Operation Herrick recovered the vehicle and offered to donate it to the museum.

With the help of the Ministry of Defence, The Rifles re-routed the bike around Pakistan, eventually reaching the 1 Rifles base at Beachley Barracks, near Chepstow, last June.

It is the largest item donated so far to War Story, a project inviting forces to record their stories in museums.

More pictures:

a photo of a man tweaking a front wheel of a motorbike
© Courtesy IWM

a photo of a motorbike on a display stand

a close up of a motorbike engine

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