Centurions moving up at the crossroads near Bispingen, West Germany, 1953. Photograph by Private Derek Lamb, 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, Germany, 1953. Lamb was a radio operator during his National Service. Initially introduced in 1945, just too late for World War Two, the Centurion was produced until 1966, running through 13 variants. It was undoubtedly the finest tank of its time and served with the British Army in Korea and Suez and with Australian forces in Vietnam.