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WaltOHara04 Sep 2023 2:25 p.m. PST

The Americans in Wartime Experience Museum held their "Tank Farm Open House" event last weekend, which I highly recommend. There was a ton of most WW2 American AFVs which were operational (i.e., the engines were running). The event is held in a big field called the Tank Farm, next to their museum. This is very much a public interface and education event, highly visual, and for the history buff or tank fiend, it was a great day.

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Here's my link for the main (World War 2) material: link

Thanks for time and thinks for reading. I'm posting a smaller post on the Cold War era vehicles later.

Walt O'Hara

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2023 3:15 p.m. PST

Haven't been in years, but the running of the tanks is always a great day. Go if you get a chance.

Captain Pete04 Sep 2023 8:14 p.m. PST

A great display! I would have loved to have visited but alas it is a bit far for me.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2023 11:59 a.m. PST

Nifty trip. I'd love to ride in a tank/APC, but I'm also very glad I never had to do so. (And my thanks to all of those who did!)

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2023 12:28 p.m. PST

What a magnificent collection of vehicles. Imagine their value at current rates. There are a few minor misidentifications, of no real consequence. There is an M4A1 with a cast hull and direct vision ports, so very early. Its right front bogie is a later addition as the return roller is upturned and the wheels themselves are different from the rest. There is what is said to be an M4A3, but with small hatches and direct vision, but added plates over them, so surely an M4.

Imagine what an M3A1 Stuart is now worth. In running order

But what an exhibition and great photos. A real treasure for modellers.

Thanks +++

Prince Alberts Revenge05 Sep 2023 2:58 p.m. PST

Oh wow! That's fantastic and a great writeup with lots of eye candy. Nokesville isn't that far from me, wish I was in town for this event. Maybe next year!

WaltOHara05 Sep 2023 10:06 p.m. PST

"Nifty trip. I'd love to ride in a tank/APC, but I'm also very glad I never had to do so."

I got a chance to ride in the hatch of a Bradly MICV on the test track at the TACOM command in Warren MI (20 yrs back). I literaly was begging for a tank ride. An IFV was just as good.. it was noisy, it had tracks, and I got to wear the helmet.

I'm sure the antics of the contractor from DC made the locals at TACOM laugh long and hard, but i didn't care. I was having a Patton moment.

Walt

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