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The Twelve Tanks of Christmas

The Twelve Tanks of Christmas The Christmas Classic…..Americans in Wartime Style.  Taking a cue from the 1780 song, we have a short paragraph on several of our vehicles. On the First Day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me—a Model 1917 tank.  This little US copy of the French M1917 tank is one of the Museum’s marquee restorations.  Just finding the correct engine took years.  Wrenching off the rusted bolts holding the suspension together resulted in many a skinned knuckle.  But the staff and volunteers persevered and she made her debut at the Open House several years ago. On the Second Day of Christmas, my True Love gave to … Continue reading

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The Big Reveal

On Saturday of the 2019 version of the Open House, the Americans in Wartime Museum demonstrated once again why it is an international leader in the restoration and display of armored vehicles.  It did something that literally no other museum across the globe could do…….  Intrigued?  Good, read on. That day was the culmination of years of planning, and thousands of hours of hard work, sweat, and tears by the staff and volunteers. Saturday was glorious in terms of weather, and, visitors for the Open House.  The field was crammed with vehicles, living historians, and our wonderful fans.  But as 11:00 am approached, there was a buzz across the display … Continue reading

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Keep ‘Em Running: Englands Tank Museum

  At Bovington Camp in Great Britain is The Tank Museum.  Not the “Tank Farm” we all know and love in Nokesville, VA, but across the Atlantic in southwest England.  There one will find over 300 tanks of all sizes and shapes.   So why blog about a tank place that is thousands of miles away?  Because I just came back from visiting there last week and one thing struck me while I toured the facilities….the spirit of mission and values that imbues the staff and volunteers at such a place.   The Tank Museum at Bovington recently had its Open House.  And I enjoyed tremendously seeing some rare and … Continue reading

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