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NATIONAL MUSEUM - AMERICANS AT WAR

 
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This privately owned museum is 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 below. Go back to see the photos from the open house in 2003 when the museum was Cors armor museum. And we have now added photos from the shows in 2008, 2009 and 2013. In 2014 the new Americans in Wartime Museum containing all this will open near Woodbridge VA.


 
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Display from Marine Corps Heritage Center - focused on Iwo Jima

 
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US - armored car - M-8 Geyhound

 
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US - armored car - M-8 Greyhound

 
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US - self propelled, tracked, twin 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun on a M-19 or M 19A1 carriage derived from the M-24 Chaffee

 
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US - self propelled twin barrel 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun on a M-19 or M 19A1 carriage derived from the M-24 Chaffee - front deck

 
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US - self propelled twin barrel 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun on a M-19 or M 19A1 carriage derived from the M-24 Chaffee- rear

 
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US - M-24 Chafee - light tank

 
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US - M-20 armored car

 
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US - M113 personnel carrier

 
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Signboard - US - M113, armored personel carrier descriptions

 
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US - M-14 Armored Recon Vehicle with 20mm gun

 
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US - M 20 armored car

 
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US - M-24 Chafee tank

 
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US - M-24 Chafee tank

 
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US - General Lee tank

 
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US - General Lee tank

 
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US - M-24 Chafee light tank

 
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US -M-10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer

 
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US - M-10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer

 
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US - M-10 Wolverine Tank Destroyer

 
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US - heavy duty wrecker truck with winch

 
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US - Priest - self -propelled artillery 105mm howitzer

 
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US - Priest - self -propelled artillery 105mm howitzer

 
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British - Bren gun carrier

 
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US - Priest - self-propelled gun

 
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US - M3A1 half-track personel carrier

 
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US - light tank M3A1 Stuart

 
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US - light tank M3A1 Stuart

 
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Display - layout of full field equipment

 
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Display - layout of gas, water and other cans from various nations - note the French air force can

 
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British - Saker, light strike vehicle - equivalent of jeep

 
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US - jeep

 
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US - jeep

 
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US - jeep with camoflage net and small arms

 
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US - three sub-machine guns on rear seat of jeep with gas mask.

 
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US - 1945 Marine Corps jeep with various gear and Thompson sub-machine gun

 
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Experimental scout car with three machine guns and more

 
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Scout car with machine gun

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US - jeep with machine gun mounted above rear seat

 
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Radio controlled models of US tanks - Shermans

  
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Radio controlled model of US tank - Shermans

 
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US - towed 105mm howitzer

 
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Detail of the breech of the 105 mm howitzer

 
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Towed anti-tank gun

 
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Detail of gear stowed on rear of US vehicle

 
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US - Detail of machine guns mounted in open rear of vehicle

 
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US - truck mounting heavy machine gun in ring mount in open rear bay

 
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Display - captured Japanese flags and military equipment

 
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US - M 1917 light tank beginning restoration

 
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US - 3/4 ton command car from 504th parachute infantry - 82nd Airborne Division

 
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US - 3/4 ton command car from 504th parachute infantry - 82nd Airborne Division

 
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US - 4 barrel - 50cal M-2 Browning anti-aircraft machine guns mounted in rear of M-3 half track truck - this combination called a M-16 motor gun carriage or Half track M-16AA

 
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US - 4 barrel - 50cal M-2 Browning anti-aircraft machine guns mounted in rear of M-3 half track truck - this combination called a M-16 motor gun carriage or Half track M-16AA

 
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Tank being repaired

 
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Another tank being repaired

 
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Tank being repaired

 
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Tank being repaired

 
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Front loader machine

 
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US - large logistics vehicle with tandem trailer.

 
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British - light tank

 
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Detail of turret of British light tank

 
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British - display layout of the military equipment of special forces

 
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British medium tank

 
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Detail of upper portion of tank turret

 
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British Centurian main battle tank

 
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British Centurian tank - rear view

 
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British Cernturian tank - rear view

 
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British - armored car with main gun

 
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Detail of upper portion of tank turret with smoke dispensers aned periscopes.

 
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British - armored car

 
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British - armored car

 
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British - armored car

 
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British - armored car

 
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British - armored personnel carrier

 
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British - self-propelled cannon

 
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British - self-propelled cannon - side, rear view

 
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British - armored personnel carrier

 
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British - armored personnel carrier - rear view

 
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British - light tank

 
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British - light tank

 
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British - armored command vehicle

 
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British - armored car with cannon

 
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Two Russian medium tanks T55MA - T54/55

 
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Russian - medium tank

 
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Russian T55MA- main battle tank

 
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Russian T54-55 - main battle tank

 
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Russian - T55MA main battle tank - side view

 
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Russian T55MA Detail of upper portion of tank turet with machine gun and search light

 
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German - display of full field gear next to tank

 
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German - display of full field gear next to tank

 
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View of interior of Russian BMP from rear

 
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View of on side of interior from rear

 
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View of interior of Russian BMP from rear

 
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Tank dozer

 
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Tank dozer - engineer vehicle

 
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Russian - BMP armored personel carrier

 
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Russian BMP personnel carrier

 
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Russian T-10 amphibious tank

 
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Rear view of Russian BMP with doors open

 
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Announcer wearing German reenactor uniform

 
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Reenactor Marines preparing for demonstration

 
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Reenactor Marines preparing for demonstration

 
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Anouncer - narrator beginning description of Marine events.

 
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Anouncer - narrator beginning description of Marine events.

 
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Reenactors of Marine assault preparing for event

 
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Marine reenactor squad in position to conduct assault

 
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Marine reenactor leader with his radioman checking three Marines

 
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Marine reenactors beginning to advance on 'eneny' entrenchments

 
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Marine reenactors conducting practice drill occupying the entrenchement - they performed a rehersal dry run prior to the firing demonstration

 
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Marine reenactors with amphibious vehicle getting organized for demonstration

 
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Marine reenactors beginning assault

 
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Marine reenactors now deployed into line with three teams for fire and maneuver

 
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Marine reenactors - two Sherman tanks move up in support and commence firing along side the amphibious tractor - the Marine with flame thrower waits in a concealed position

 
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Marine reenactment - smoke now rising from shelling of 'enemy' entrenchments.

 
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Marine reenactment - Sherman tanks continue to fire in support

 
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Marine reenactors reaching final assault positions.

 
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Marine reenactment - smoke and fire on entrenchment from initial fire from flamethrower to left in photo

 
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Marine reenactment - flamethrower is now laying down a fierce fire as assaulting Marines wait under cover

 
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Marine reenactor - flamethrower is now moving forward to increase the effectiveness of fire.

 
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Marine reenactor - close up view of flame thrower in action

 
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Marine reenactors - with 'enemy' thoroughly disorganized by remaining fire the Marine squad advances on the entrenchment

 
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Marine reenactment - the assaulting squad storms over the top of the 'enemy' entrenchment

 
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Marine reenactors - enjoying a break near their amphibious tractor after the successful assault

 
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Marine reenactor squad showing organization of teams - standing at attention for spectators

 
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Military Police dog handler with police dog.

 
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Line of armored vehicles on display

 
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Two British tanks moving across field to demonstrate mobility

 
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American Stuart light tank moving across field in front of two British tanks to demonstrate mobility

 
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American light tank and two British tanks moving across field to demonstrate mobility

 
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Two British tanks moving across field to demonstrate mobility

 
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British tank maneuvering across open field

 
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British and Russian tanks maneuvering across open field

 
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Russian T-54 tank maneuvering across open field

 
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German - WWII Jagdpanzer Hertzer- rear view

 
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German - WWII half-track personel carrier

 
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German - WWII command car

 
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German - WWII Jagdpanzer Hetzer

 
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German - WWII Jagdpanzer Hetzer

 
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German reenactors discussing events in front of a half-track personel carrier

 
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British tank maneuvering on field

 
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German - WWII machine gun

 
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German - display of WWII individual soldier equipment

 
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Russian - WWII T-34/85 tank

 
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Russian - World War II reenactor with submachine gun

 
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British Bren gun carrier

 
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British Bren gun carrier

 
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British Light tank

 
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Armored truck

 
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US - General Grant tank

 
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US - General Grant tank

 
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Britissh Light tank

 
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US -towed 105mm howitzer

 
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US - towed 105mm howitzer

 
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US - anti-aircraft cannon on tracked armored vehicle

 
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US - M113 armored personel carrier

 
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US - recoilless rifle mounted on mobile platform

 
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US - display layout of a variety of personal weapons including bazooka and light machine gun and automatic rifles.

 
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US - 81mm mortar

 
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US - display layout mostly of bolt action rifles.

 
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US - display of rifles plus tent and other items.

 
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Military motorcycles

 
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Russian military motorcycle with side car

 
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Military motorcycles

 
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US - M1A1 pack howitzer

 
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US - medium tank destroyer

 
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US - Medium tank destroyer

 
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British Armored scout car

 
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Sweden - S - medium tank

 
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Sweden - S - medium tank

 
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Sweden - S - medium tank

 
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Two rows of armored vehicles, mostly British or Canadian

 
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Sweden - S - medium tank

 
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Sweden -S - medium tank

 
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British - Sriker anti-tank missile carrier

 
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Interior of tank

 
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British - scout car

 
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British - medium tank

 
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British section of the display area

 
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British - display layout of personal weapons and equipment

 
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Russian T54-55 main battle tanks

 
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Display on wall and commemoration flag for Iwo Jima Veterans day

 
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Display on wall and commemoration flag for Iwo Jima Veterans day

 
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US - Display - 60mm mortar and machine gun

 
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US -Stewart light tank

 
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View of one of the long lines of armored and other vehicles on display

 
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Three medium tanks

 
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German - several reenactors with a half-track

 
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Interior of armored personnel carrier

 
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Display of small arms next to the Russian armored personel carrier

 
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US - Marine Corps recoilless rifle mounted on a moveable platform

 
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US Army World War II halftrack - M3

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

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

 
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Rear view of Hetzer

 
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Rear view of Hetzer tank with two admirers

 
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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 leeft 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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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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Reenactors dressed as World War US soldiers.

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

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

 
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American soldier reenactors.

 
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A display of various radio-controlled military models.

 
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Reenactors in uniforms of German soldiers of World War II.

 
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Reenactor depicting German soldier of World war II.

 
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Reenactor depicting German soldier of World war II.

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

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

 
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Turret of a Russian T-55 tank.

 
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Reenactor is seated atop a Russian tank.

 
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Reenactors showing uniforms of Russian World War II soldiers.

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

 
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Reenactors of World War II Russian soldiers.

 
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Some members of the reenactor group for Russian World War II

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

 

Return to Xenophon. Return to Ruscity. Return toRushistory. Return to Ukraine. This page edited on 10 December 2013. Please let us know what you think, and especially identify any of the exhibits. We can make a CD of the 180 photos here plus others from this museum.