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Shakthamac
02-11-2005, 10:00 PM
Its located in Danville, Virginia. Aside from the tons of Pattons ranging from the M48 to the M60, they have a a couple Cletracs, a LVT-2, a Panzer IV, and a Russian T-34. Also included here are several types of artillery, a Nike Hercules missile, and all types of other tanks, halftracks, and armored vehicles. They also have an extensive selection of rifles, MGs, SMG's, and rockets/bazookas.

The best part is that 75% of them are perfectly restored and in running order, including the Panzer IV and the T34. The day I was there, they had just drove in the T34 right before we got there.

Shakthamac
02-11-2005, 10:00 PM
Its located in Danville, Virginia. Aside from the tons of Pattons ranging from the M48 to the M60, they have a a couple Cletracs, a LVT-2, a Panzer IV, and a Russian T-34. Also included here are several types of artillery, a Nike Hercules missile, and all types of other tanks, halftracks, and armored vehicles. They also have an extensive selection of rifles, MGs, SMG's, and rockets/bazookas.

The best part is that 75% of them are perfectly restored and in running order, including the Panzer IV and the T34. The day I was there, they had just drove in the T34 right before we got there.

Feathered_IV
02-11-2005, 11:48 PM
Uh, so its not in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean then? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Seriously though, it sounds pretty cool. Did you get any pics?

Shakthamac
02-11-2005, 11:57 PM
actually i got quite a few, sometime this weekend ill post some, but i need to decrease the resolution quite a bit because the files size per pic is about 4 megs.

people host images on here all the time, i was wondering what service they use for that. i have a few megs of webspace but isnt there an easier way?

stroepel1
02-12-2005, 10:56 AM
You can post your pics at webshot community.
I think it's at www.webshot.com (http://www.webshot.com)
It's free.

Shakthamac
02-12-2005, 11:42 AM
pictures now available

*Note: Seems I may have botched a few pics, primarily due to the horrible lighting in the building.

**Note: Sorry I may have mislead people to think that the T34 was restored. Its not, and the Panzer IV is being restored at this time. The museum as a whole is 75% restored.

anyway, enjoy
Mid Atlantic Tank Museum (http://client.webshots.com/photo/272193868/272193868VOrwuZ)

flyplenty
02-12-2005, 01:38 PM
Thanks for sharing the pictures! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Shakthamac
02-12-2005, 02:51 PM
no problem.

Waldo.Pepper
02-12-2005, 03:46 PM
Aberdeen Proving Ground museum is the best me thinks.

I was there in 1992.... great.

UKPsycho
02-12-2005, 03:54 PM
Cheers for sharing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

stroepel1
02-12-2005, 05:15 PM
Here are some pictures I took at the Overloon War Museum in Holland : http://community.webshots.com/album/200902508QsbGHk

johann63
02-12-2005, 05:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shakthamac:
Its located in Danville, Virginia. Aside from the tons of Pattons ranging from the M48 to the M60, they have a a couple Cletracs, a LVT-2, a Panzer IV, and a Russian T-34. Also included here are several types of artillery, a Nike Hercules missile, and all types of other tanks, halftracks, and armored vehicles. They also have an extensive selection of rifles, MGs, SMG's, and rockets/bazookas.

The best part is that 75% of them are perfectly restored and in running order, including the Panzer IV and the T34. The day I was there, they had just drove in the T34 right before we got there. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Danville has a Tank museum? Well Illl be.
Need to get down there and check it out. I knew it has the dubious honor of being the last Capital of the Conferdacy at the end of the Civil war but I did not know anything about tanks

Cool http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Hey did you ever vist the US Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds?

Not alot of functional tanks but you want some serious WWII tank variety (as well as other eras) this is the place to go.


http://www.ordmusfound.org/IM001158.JPG

Shakthamac
02-12-2005, 06:12 PM
nope, never been to aberdeen. next time im in the area i try to check it out. One of the neatest things about the danville location is that they have a mockup of a bradley turret that you can enter. I got up in it and was quite surprised at how little room you actually had in front of you.
They also do model tank wargaming inside the building. Pretty neat.

Shakthamac
02-12-2005, 06:22 PM
an interesting note about the sherman with the dozer blade.

from what i was told by the curator, it is the rarest sherman in the world, because of the factory installed blade. When it was found, the turret was laying next to it and both were buried next to the foundation of a psychiatric hospital in New York. Apparently, it was simply cheaper to dig a hole and bury the tank than cut it up for salvage. I assume it was buried prior to the hospital being there, as im sure a patient would be out there digging it up. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

johann63
02-13-2005, 03:49 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shakthamac:
an interesting note about the sherman with the dozer blade.

from what i was told by the curator, it is the rarest sherman in the world, because of the factory installed blade. When it was found, the turret was laying next to it and both were buried next to the foundation of a psychiatric hospital in New York. Apparently, it was simply cheaper to dig a hole and bury the tank than cut it up for salvage. I assume it was buried prior to the hospital being there, as im sure a patient would be out there digging it up. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Very interesting trivia. Always love hearing about this stuff.

The bummer about Aberdeen is they have some extremely rare tanks that I dont think are well maintained. Hope they never bury those in the ground.

Its like Willow Grove NAS in Pa. They have some very rare WWII planes just sitting out there getting punished by the weather for decades with out much care.

Tis a shame

Cloudy_
02-13-2005, 04:02 PM
Thanks for the photos! By any chance, do you remember what this vehicle was?http://image38.webshots.com/39/9/73/67/272197367pNBzEH_ph.jpg

Also, did they say where the panzer IV came from?

Texas LongHorn
02-13-2005, 05:40 PM
OK guys.. trivia fact. IIRC Katie Couric's house is not far down the road. Useless information, yes, Katie's house, priceless &lt;ggg.&gt; LongHorn

Shakthamac
02-13-2005, 05:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Cloudy_:
Thanks for the photos! By any chance, do you remember what this vehicle was?http://image38.webshots.com/39/9/73/67/272197367pNBzEH_ph.jpg

Also, did they say where the panzer IV came from? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ah yes. The tank you mentioned comes from Sweden. The chassis is from WW2 while the turret is from way later (60's or 70's). If I remember correctly, the Swedes were trying to upgrade their tank fleet at a minimal cost so they tried mating the old tank chassis to a new turret. Apparently it was wasn't successful.

The Panzer IV came from Romania I believe. The kill marks aren't original. I am almost positive that there is damage from a AT cannon hit, but I can't remember where exactly it was loacted on the hull.

Shakthamac
02-14-2005, 07:58 PM
check out their website here:

AAF Tank Museum (http://www.aaftankmuseum.com/)

johann63
02-14-2005, 09:18 PM
thanks for the link!

It just amazes me to have those tanks down in Danville

And that buried sherman tank story is just a great read

pfquattro
02-20-2005, 12:29 AM
If you're in the area...check out the museum at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD...has just about everything including guns and jeeps, etc....even has one of those "Big Burthas" type German guns.

IL2-chuter
02-20-2005, 02:21 PM
It's Anzio Annie (a Leupold). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif


And concerning the Mid Atlantic's Panzer IV . . . the tracks are on backwards (constitutes trivia) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif. There was at least one German Panzer IV battalion that did that as a rule, however. Exceptions to EVERYTHING.

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Shakthamac
02-20-2005, 04:24 PM
ok, im sure you know why, but since i dont, please enlighten me. how can you tell the tracks are on backwards?