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101 years ago from today - Armor Museum in Poznań

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
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

  • Member since
    September 2012
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.

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 15, 2021 10:52 AM

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

 

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
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

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
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

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
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

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Rifle, CO. USA
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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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, August 15, 2021 6:06 PM

You will be making Nicholas Moran jealous.

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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 12:33 PM
That's some nice stuff,thanks for sharing.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
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

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  • Member since
    February 2018
  • From: North Carolina, USA
Posted by Model Monkey on Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:26 AM

Brilliant!

Thanks for posting these photos.

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
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.

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