Oddy Pump : Centurion Tank

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL38709
Collection type Technology
Object type Technology
Physical description Metal, Rubber
Maker Stewart Warner Ltd
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made Unknown
Conflict Period 1950-1959
Period 1970-1979
Period 1960-1969

Dark green, cylindrical Oddy Pump which comes in two parts. The base part holds the grease or lubricant and features bracket mountings on the outside to secure it to the tank. Two latches at the side of the base fasten the two parts of the pump together. The top part of the pump, painted a lighter shade of green, features a stirrup-shaped handle, which when pumped generates the necessary vacuum pressure to draw the grease through the dispenser hose. The hose is roughly a metre long and made from a metallic weave covered in black rubber and has a metal dispenser and nozzle. The maker's details are featured on a brass plate secured to the side of the pump and lists the name, make and number of the model - 'STEWART WARNER LTD / ALEMITE DIVISION / ENGLAND / Andy / MODEL 5000 / HP LUBRICATOR'.

History / Summary

The Oddy Pump is a grease dispenser pump that forms part of the Complete Equipment Schedule (CES) for a Centurion Tank. It is mounted on the exterior of the turret in a purpose built bracket. The Centurion Tank was the standard battle tank for the Australian Army during the post-1945 period up until 1977, when it was retired from service.