Monday, June 8, 2015

Tanks for the memories

Tanks at the Imperial War Museum.

Russian T-34:


Sherman:


World War I British tank in a very unusual mounting configuration (driving over a trench):


If you're in London, this is a great, free museum.  It's walking distance from Waterloo Station.

6 comments:

Ajdshootist said...

If you think thats good you should try a trip to the Tank muesem at Bovington in Dorset they have a working Mk 1 Tiger and many other tanks i know as i worked there back a few years ago,i have been inside the Tiger and a lot of other tanks a Panther A Royal Tiger a Jag Tiger look up the Tank Fest at Bovington 2011/2012/2013/2014 on you tube the french have a fully working Tiger 2, Bovington has loads of working tanks from the First World War up to the last fews years if you come over again get the Train from London to Bournemouth in Dorset i will collect you from the Station and drive you to Bovington i used to work
for David Willey the Director of place.On the 27th & 28th of this month they wil be having the Tankfest for 2015.AJD

genericviews said...

Been there. Done that. I thought it was rather small-ish considering WW1 and WW2 and all those European wars were fought RIGHT THERE. They sould have had whole wings of armor and pole arms and hundreds of exhibits about taming the colonies to make them safe for civilization.

I went through a private museaum north of Stuttgart that I thought was better.

Old NFO said...

Haven't been there in years... That is a 'different' mount than what I remember of the WWI tank.

knirirr said...

I agree with Ajdshootist - the museum at Bovington is definitely worth a visit if you can get there; I've been there a few times over the past 30 years and found it excellent. The various shows (e.g. Tank Fest) allow one to see many fine tanks running. The only disappointment has been to hear on my last visit that the carrying of firearms (legally) is in the museum is against their rules. Of course, one is almost never carrying firearms in the UK, but it's the principle.

Ken said...

I was there in 2001; at the time there was a major installation featuring a section of a trench network, complete with smell. Very well done.

genericviews said...

The USMC museaum near Quantico Virginia has a smell-o-vision exhibit. You enter the exhibit through the back of a CH-46 into the hot kerosene smell of helo exhaust.