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NATIONAL AMERICAN WARTIME MUSEUM

 
   
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This links to the photos from 2006 from the open house at the privately owned museum of Mr. Coors located in Nokesville Va. It contains an outstanding collection of armored vehicles from around the world. The museum holds a special exhibition once every year or two. The open house in summer 2006 was dedicated to the Marine Corps Battle on Iwo Jima and included a reenactment of a Marine assault on a pillbox, complete with use of tanks and a flamethrower, as can be seen in several of the photos in this section.Below here are the photos from the open house in 2003 when the museum was Coors armor museum. And below those we have now added photos from the shows in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014. In several years now the new Americans in Wartime Museum containing all this will open near Woodbridge VA.

 
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Link to museum photos from open house in 2008

 
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Link to museum photos from open house in 2009

 
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Link to museum photos from open house in 2013

 
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Link to museum photos from open house in 2014

 
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At the museum in 2003 - At that time it was the private armor museum of Alan Coors - A reenactor depicting a British paratrooper from World War II.

 
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At the museum in 2003- Members of the 101st Airborne Division conducting memorial ceremony - For the memorial they brought dirt from both Bastogne and Iraq and spread it on the ground as you see here. The individual bending over doing the spreading of the dirt around the flagpole is a veteran of the battle at Bastogne in World War II. In the center are three current officers of the 101st who have returned from the assault on Baghdad.

 
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2003 - Members of the 101st Airborne Division conducting memorial ceremony - For the memorial they brought dirt from both Bastogne and Iraq and spread it on the ground as you see here. In this photo two of the three officers from the current 101st are watching others spread the dirt around the flagpole visible here. Mr Coors, the owner of the museum and grounds is in the background wearing the black sweater.

 
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2003 -View of interior of Hetzer showing periscopes. The white bar in center is a lever attached to the periscopes to operate them. In the lower center rear is the breach of the 75 mm gun. On the right is part of the ammunition rack.

 
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2003 -View of part of interior of Hetzer tank - In the forground is part of the lever that operates the periscopes.

 
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2003 - View of interior of Hetzer tank showing ammunition rack on the floor.

 
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2003 -View of part of interior of Hetzer tank showing ammunition rack

 
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2003 - View of part of driver position in Hetzer

 
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2003 - View of interior of Hetzer showing part of driver's position with seat on left and cover of transmission on right. The black cylinder in front of the seat is the drive train to the sprocket wheel outside.

 
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2003 - Hetzer tank on display at reenactment show . Standing in front is a reenactor in German uniform. At the far left is the rear corner of a US M-113.

 
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2003 - View of Hetzer periscopes from outside

 
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2003 - View of part of interior of Hetzer tank. At the top is an opening to access an external machine gun. Below it is the control mechanism for sighting the main gun.

 
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2003 - Interior view of Hetzer tank showing some controls

 
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2003 - Partial view of interior of Hetzer tank showing the right front side of the crew compartment.

 
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2003 - View of interior of Hetzer tank, On the right is a ammunition rack. On the left center rear we see the breech of the main gun.

 
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2003 - Renactors in uniform of American World War One Marines

 
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2003 - Reenactors in uniforms of American World War II soldiers

 
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2003 - Reenactor in uniform of American World War II soldier

 
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2003 - Reenactor in uniform of American soldier of World War II

 
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2003 - American aircraft and pilot

 
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2003 - Reenactors in uniform of World War II German and American soldiers

 
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2003 - Reenactors in uniforms of German World War II soldiers

 
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2003 - Reenactors in uniform of World War II German soldiers

 
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2003 - Reenactor in uniform of World War II German officer

 
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2003 - Reenactor in uniform of German World War II Luftwaffe

 
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2003 - Reenactor in uniform of British World War II tanker

 
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2003 - Volunteers arranging for transport of one of the museum vehicles. In the background is a US Sherman tank.

 
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2003 - Volunteers assisting at open house of Virginia armor museum. They are taking a machine gun off the T-55 tank.

 
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2003 - American Lee tank at Coors museum - now American Museum of war

 
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2003 - View of rear of turret of Russian T-55 tank

 
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2003 - Engine compartment of one of the Russian T-55 tanks

 
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2003 - View of engine deck of Russian T-55 tank

 
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2003 - Front view of Russian T-34 tank

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank with reenactment group. The dog, Patton, is outfitted with a typical Russian model World War II explosive kit on his back, look closely for the vertical trigger mechanism.

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank with members of reenactment group

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank with members of reenactment group

 
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2003 - Female reenactors standing on a Russian T-34 tank.

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank on display - with slogan "to Berlin' on the turret

 
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2003 - Another of the three Russian T-34 tanks on display at reenactment in Oct 2003

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank (one of three at the museum) on display at Coors museum in 2003 - now the American museum of war

 
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2003 - Members of reenactment group for Russian army of World War II - father and son early in the morning after an all-night camp out.

 
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2003 - Members of reeanctment group depicting Russian army of World War II. Here the only genuine Russian is the fellow on the right.

 
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2003 - Reeanactor group depicting Russian army of World War II. The individual on far left is a bonifide Russian emigre but the rest of these folks are Americans.

 
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2003 - Members of Red Army reenactment group who camped at the museum for the exhibition.

 
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2003 - Members of the museum volunteer group depicting crew for Russian army of World War II on top of T-34

 
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2003 - Members of a group who reenact Red Army of World War II.

 
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2003 - Members of a reenactor group who depict Red Army of World War II. on a T-34 tank

 
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2003 - Some of the reenactor group who display Russian army of World War II. - on a T-34 tank

 
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2003 - US Army World War II halftrack - M3

 
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2003 - In left forground is rear of Hetzer - in far background is British Chieftan. - American World War II aircraft overhead.

 
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2003 - Side view of Hetzer tank - not really a tank but a tank destroyer

 
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2003 - Rear view of Hetzer

 
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2003 - Rear view of Hetzer tank with two admirers

 
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2003 - View of Hetzer tank showing periscopes and part of interior - on the right is recoil mechanism for main gun - on the left is the brown handle for the machine gun. and just to left of the periscope is the contol for the range finder. The white bar is part of the swivel mechanism for turning the periscope.

 
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2003 - Reenactors depicting American soldiers in World War II. Among the weapons are two Thompson sub machine guns and a 'grease gun'.

 
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2003 - Another photo of reenactors wearing uniforms of American soldiers of World War II.

 
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2003 - Another photo of reenactors wearing uniforms of American soldiers of World War II.

 
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2003 - Clearing a jammed rifle during the live fire target practice.. An American is being helped by the German reenactor.

 
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2003 - American soldier reenactors.

 
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2003 - A display of various radio-controlled military models.

 
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2003 - Reenactors in uniforms of German soldiers of World War II.

 
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2003 - Reenactor depicting German soldier of World war II.

 
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2003 - Reenactor depicting German soldier of World war II.

 
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2003 - Reenactors depicting American World War II soldiers - the 82nd Airborne paratroopers.

 
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2003 - British World War II Bren carrier moving fast with 20 mm gun

 
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2003 - Turret of a Russian T-55 tank.

 
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2003 - Reenactor is seated atop a Russian tank.

 
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2003 - Reenactors showing uniforms of Russian World War II soldiers.

 
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2003 - Roll-call time for the unit of reenactors deepicting World War II Russian soldiers.

 
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2003 - Reenactors of World War II Russian soldiers.

 
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2003 - Some members of the reenactor group for Russian World War II

 
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2003 - The unit of reenactors depicting Russian World War II army assembly.

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank and reenactor

 
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2003 - American amphibious truck DUCK

 
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2003 - American 2 1/2 ton cargo truck

 
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2003 - American Sherman tank

 
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2003 - Russian amphibious tank

 
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2003 - Russian BMP personal carrier

 
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2003 - German armored personel carrier

 
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2003 - German armored personel carrier

 
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2003 - German armored personel carrier

 
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2003 - Russian BMP armored personel carrier

 
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2003 - Russian amphibious tank

 
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2003 - American -British Lee Grant tank

 
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2003 - Interior armored personel carrier

 
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2003 - Piece of equipment

 
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2993 - American flags and radiator repair in museum shop

 
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2003 - US Marine amphibious carrier

 
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2003 - Amphibious armored tractor

 
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2003 - Re enactors digging a slit trench at the museum

 
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2003 -Russian T54-55 tank

 
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2003 - Detail of Russian T54-55 tank

 
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2003 - Russian T54-55 tank

 
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2003 - wrecker truck

 
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2003 - American Chafee? tank

 
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2003 - American Chafee? tank

 
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2003 - Amphobious tractor personel carrier

 
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2003 - Reenactors - German WWII preparing for demonstration

 
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2003 - Reenactors - More Germans WWII preparing for demonstration

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank starting maneuver

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank beginning attack

 
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2003 - Russian T-34 tank rapidly approaching

 
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2003 - German reenactors preparing anti-tank gun to challenge the Russian T-34

 
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2003 - German reenactorsfiring on Russian T-34 tank

 
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2003 - Oh - the Germans have scored hits on the Russian T-34 which is burning now

 
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2003 - That is it for the Russian T-34 - Germans score a victory

 
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