A RESTORED M3 Lee Tank will be making its first appearance at Tankfest in 2020.

The Second World War tank has been restored to running order by the Armourgeddon Military Museum and it will be running in public for the first time at The Tank Museum, Bovington, next summer.

This particular tank was used by the Australian Army in the Pacific against the Japanese during the Second World War.

The Armourgeddon team bought the Lee from an Australian collector and it took eight months to restore it fully.

Head of Collections, Chris van Schaardenburgh, “The Lee is an iconic WW2 tank and we are very pleased to have a newly-restored example running at Tankfest.

“I know that the Tankfest audience will be delighted to see the tank as part of the WW2 Armour display.”

The American M3 was produced in two variants, as the M3 Lee and M3 Grant tanks. Both variants were used by the Allies.

The M3 Lee Tank saw action with in North Africa, Sicily and the Pacific.

They were soon superseded by the famous Sherman tank.