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101 years ago from today - Armor Museum in Poznań

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101 years ago from today - Armor Museum in Poznań
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, August 15, 2021 9:04 AM

Hello!

101 years ago from today - 15th of August 1920 the brand new Polish Army defeated the Soviets trying to take Warsaw on their way to help the Germans with their revolution. More on that here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Warsaw_(1920)

Since Poland isn't socialist anymore, and that happened in 1989, the 15th of August is a national holiday and it's Armed Forces Day. In my home town, Poznań, they have a very special Armor Museum that used to be a teaching aid collection for a military school. For two years that collection is open to the public and today they celebrated the holiday by letting everybody in for free - so I took the trip and made a few photos for you. Now the museum isn't very big, but it has a very interesting collection, please take a look - I'll try to show you only the most interesting exhibits:

Here's a Sherman in running condition - they started the engine for us so we could smell the smoke and listen to the engine roar:

Armor Museum in Poznan

Here's an original TKS - found in Norway and restored. One of the 4 left.

Armor Museum in Poznan

A StuG IV in running condition!

Armor Museum in Poznan

A SdKfz. 6 half track - also in runnig condition!

Armor Museum in Poznan

A Hetzer:

Armor Museum in Poznan

One of the last ISU-122 that wasn't converted to ISU-152

Armor Museum in Poznan

An IS-3 - they also have an IS-2 in running condition, only one in the world:

Armor Museum in Poznan

A PT-76 amphibious tank:

Armor Museum in Poznan

A T-70 light tank - one of the 27 left in the world:

Armor Museum in Poznan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armored_Weaponry_Museum,_Pozna%C5%84

So if you have a chance to be in Poznań I recommend you visit the museum, it's a cool place to see. If I can halp you any please contact me. Thanks for looking and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, August 15, 2021 10:41 AM

That's really a nice collection. Good thing the Army could pay to keep the vehicles up.

If I ever get to Poznan I'll look you  up first.

Marshall Pilsudski is an important historic figure.

Dzieki!

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 15, 2021 10:52 AM

Thanks for sharing these photos with us Pawel! They look great! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 15, 2021 11:28 AM

stikpusher

Thanks for sharing these photos with us Pawel! They look great! 

Heartily second that!

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 15, 2021 11:45 AM

Great pics - thanks for sharing.  And who is the gorgeous girl by the halftrack? Big Smile

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, August 15, 2021 12:37 PM

Hello!

I'm glad you like the pics... Got some more, maybe I'll post them.

And John - we've got lots of nice women here in Poland - this one next to the half track just got into the frame... One more reason to visit! :-)

Thanks again for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Sunday, August 15, 2021 2:51 PM

Yes! Those are great photos and some real rare items too.

And congratulations on not being a socialist country anymore and happy national holiday!

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, August 15, 2021 6:06 PM

You will be making Nicholas Moran jealous.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 12:33 PM
That's some nice stuff,thanks for sharing.

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 7:46 PM

Oh wow Pawel! Great to see them preserved so well. Beautiful stuff! 

Thanks for sharing with us!!! Heart

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Model Monkey on Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:26 AM

Brilliant!

Thanks for posting these photos.

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, September 18, 2021 5:38 PM

keavdog

Great pics - thanks for sharing.  And who is the gorgeous girl by the halftrack? Big Smile

 
One of my relatives married a woman from Poland - when I first met her, I thought she looked like Deborah Harry from Blondie.  Surprise
 
When I saw their infant son for the first time, I thought he looked like a Soviet Cosmonaut!  Stick out tongue  But a happy Soviet Cosmonaut.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Pawel on Thursday, August 18, 2022 8:34 AM

Hello everybody!

A year has passed and the 15th of August holiday came again, and again I went to our Armor Museum in Poznań to take a look. Lots of people attended, among them also many nice looking women - they are very special, mostly ones that like guys who like tanks...

But I didn't dare to take fotos of them, instead I photographed some military vehicles for you. I'm glad to say that their collection is steadily expanding. Their newest arrival is a Hanomag Sdkfz 251 ausf. D, it's currently being restored so I don't have a photo. Bu they have a Kettenkrad in a running condition - how cool is that?

Destroyed Russian AFVs

Drop me a line if you want to see my mini-walk-around of it.

There is also a PzKpfw III Ausf A, I also took a few more photos - it's also in running condition.

Destroyed Russian AFVs

Another new arrival - Centurion Mk.5/2. I heard rumors, that this is going to be restored in Israeli colours. I think I'd rather they leave it in its current colour, just restore it.

Destroyed Russian AFVs

A Canadian Ford used to carry the visitors around:

Destroyed Russian AFVs

Ex-Norwegian M88A1:

Destroyed Russian AFVs

Something for HevyArty - a 2S7 Pion 203mm (8 inch) howitzer:

Destroyed Russian AFVs

Mobile battery charging station on a Star 66 chassis - those Polish trucks were also exported to Vietnam and used to carry stuff along the Ho-Chi-Minh trail:

Destroyed Russian AFVs

T34 - diagram:

Destroyed Russian AFVs

A T-55 engine:

Destroyed Russian AFVs

An UAZ-469 truck with a recoilless rifle, used by Polish airborne troops:

Destroyed Russian AFVs

I hope you liked my photos - thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:34 AM

Awesome Pawel!!!

Thanks for the photos, I wish we were as good about preserving our history here!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, August 18, 2022 11:25 AM

Gamera,

We are. Visit the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA, the USS Constitution in Boston, Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, and many others throughout the US. It's there for anyone who is interested.

Pawel,

Thank you for sharing your photos of a great museum!  I wish there was more of the great Polish vistory over the Soviets.

Bill

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:39 PM

Hey, Bill!

       You don't want to forget the Wiscosin/Nauticus muesum in Norfolk. Besides if you do go there, You'll see some of my Brass work. All over the model of the "Whisky" ! It was an Honor to be part of her Birth and installation there by B.A.D. Shipmodels!

     And this for Pawel! Thank you kind sir for those photos. I see more of why I have to get it together!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:48 PM

Pawel!

     Very nice pics of some equipment I have models of or similar too! Oh! Thanks also for the photo of the Very nice looking lady. Polish Women can be very pretty! I know this from growing up in a combined German/Polish/Sicilian neighborhood. Whatta mix ? right. I just wish I had paid more attention to the home tongues. For speaking! I would've had a leg up when I went in the Navy!

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Thursday, August 18, 2022 4:22 PM

Pawel, that is a really cool museum you have available. I'm sure I could spend all day there, like I usually do in museums.

Don't forget the submarine museum in Groton, CT. They have the Nautilus, SSN 571, also.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 18, 2022 5:12 PM

Pawel, those are some great photos! Thanks for posting them on here. I'm pretty sure that the Panzer III is a N variant, and not an A, as it has looks to be armed with the short 75mm howitzer, and not the original 37mm gun. That museum looks to have a great collection.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 18, 2022 6:24 PM

warshipguy

Gamera,

We are. Visit the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA, the USS Constitution in Boston, Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, and many others throughout the US. It's there for anyone who is interested.

Pawel,

Thank you for sharing your photos of a great museum!  I wish there was more of the great Polish vistory over the Soviets.

Bill

 

And my thanks. Sorry I mispoke. I was more questioning the moving of all the armour from the George. S. Patton Armor Museum to Fort Benning, Ga. I'm looking online now and it seems that the building is under construction. So the collection been warehoused for about a decade now but is going to be back on display in a few years.  

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by PITERPANZER on Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:54 AM

Orginally it was H version, later it had changed the turret to N version.
It was used as a bunker in Oslo after war. Now it`s in running conditions.

I cooperate with the Museum and painted historical sings and numbers on some tanks, if You are interested  my step by step welcome to my website

 

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Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, August 27, 2022 7:50 PM

Tanker,

Thanks for the heads up!  There are so many memorials and museums to American history and culture all across this nation. I felt that I had to point iit out.

Bill

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 27, 2022 10:43 PM

Pawel

Here's an original TKS - found in Norway and restored. One of the 4 left.

Armor Museum in Poznan

I would love to see more photos of this vehicle. I have an old RPM TKS kit, but I never could find very good photos of it to do the little kit justice.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, August 28, 2022 8:31 AM

You Know!

 I got to thinking Pawel;

 That seventh vehicle would make a heckuva off road workshop too. Especially in a Construction or Research capacity! When we were in China(members of the National geographic Fossil Research support group).We could've used one. We still found The "feathered Mini Dinosaur" Archeopterex though!

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 7:43 PM

Rob Gronovius
I would love to see more photos of this vehicle. I have an old RPM TKS kit, but I never could find very good photos of it to do the little kit justice.

Rob - regrettably I didn't take more photos of the TKS... But I found an article by the Museum for you, maybe it will help:

https://muzeumbronipancernej.pl/pracowity-wyjazdowy-weekend-muzeum-broni-pancernej/

If you need more photos I can try to take them next time im at the museum, but I don't know when this would be...

Good luck with your TKS kit and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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