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Sun, Mar. 9th, 2008, 06:44 pm

Not all of my photo trips involve railroad or signals :-) Back in August I went with a friend to the United States Army Ordnance Museum located on the grounds of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds. (think Polo Grounds, only more Boom).

Aberdeen has a wonderful, mostly outdoor, collection of Armoured fighting vehicle from World War I to the Present Day. Many of them are sole survivors their class or actual unique vehicles. The museum also has a large variety of fixed artillery such as the 11" Atomic Annie
Also mixed in are some pics of
deer located on the ground of the APG and police horses at the Baltimore Artscape festimal.

You can see all the pics at:


Of course here is a representative sample of pictures.

This is a Jadtiger, the heaviest AFV of World War II at around 70 tonnes. It was built in small numbers by Germany at the end of the war. Its 128mm run was a match for any tank set against it and its armour of 23 or 26cm RHA was proof against any gun.

Here are skip marks from an Allied 75mm shell. Completely ineffective against the Jadtiger's armour.

Here is a Brummbär, an infantry assault cannon on a Panzer IV chassis. It mounted a large 150mm howitzer and had front armour from 8 to 13cm RHA.

Here is a Panther tank. With about 5000 built, this was hands down the best medium tank of WW2. 700hp engine gave it high road speed and its 75mm/L70 gun could punch through most armour. It's frontal armour of 14 and 12cm RHA was better than that of the more famous Tiger tank.

This is the sole surviving T34 M1940 with the older L-11 gun.

Here is America's first real tank of WW2, the Grant Tank. Immediate predecessor to the M4 Sherman, the Grant had its 75mm gun mounted in a sponson for infantry support, with a turret mounted 37mm gun for Anti-tank work.

Any Italians reading this might want to turn away, this is your pathetic contribution to the war effort, the Fiat M13/40. Thin riveted armour, complex running gear and a weak gun, this tank was torn to pieces in the North African desert.

As an example of their modern equipment here is the prototype XM-1 tank.

And an M2/3 Bradly.

And a T-72.

As I said the museum has guns too. Here is an 88mm Flak 41 in front of a twin mount 128mm FlaK 40.

Here is the American equivalent 90mm M3 gun.

As I mentioned before here is Atomic Annie as seen on TV in Upshot-Knothole Grable.

Here is a 280mm Krupp K5 railway gun named Leopold, as made famous during the Anzio landings. (ha, I did include some rail pics after all :-)


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