Post by planecrazy on Jun 17, 2021 22:37:01 GMT 12
Up in far North Queensland for a family holiday, around 15klms north of Cairns the Australian Armour and Artiliary museum, the collection is huge, around 160 individual items, approximately 60% of the collections powered machines are operational with plans to get as many as possible running, a few of the tanks have modern engines.
Please excuse me if I get some of this wrong, happy for those with more knowledge to jump in and comment/correct me if I get things skew-if!
An early model Panther A which is in running order using the period correct Maybach engine.
The collection has a number of Panzer IVs.
The dreaded “88” used in the anti aircraft as well an anti tank role.
3.7cm and quad 2cm anti aircraft guns.
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2021 22:38:19 GMT 12 by planecrazy
I also had no idea this existed. What a fantastic and very expensive collection....... I'm heading up that way later this year so shall be visiting....have a "thing" for German AFVs....thanks planecrazy for posting
Post by planecrazy on Jun 18, 2021 17:09:14 GMT 12
It is a private collection no outside funding, seeing as the museum was only opened in 2014 they have amassed a sizable and very deverse collection.
I know what you mean Pete the allied tanks just don’t have that wow factor. It is perhaps for this reason they are occasionally rated higher than what they actually achieved. The Tiger I for example, only around 1,347 were produced most of which either broke down, ran out of fuel or were destroyed by their own crews, very few were actually lost to enemy action.
The Americans sure had some strange ideas for their early tanks, the main gun in the Lee and Grant tanks mounted in the hull, in most situations the whole tank would have to be manouvered to bring this gun to target.
Like most things Russian this SU100 has a real purposeful look to her.
And what about this beast!
Ex New Zealand Army machine.
Now folks I have merely scratched the surface here, didn’t get many snaps of all the artillery peices, each machine has an information sign with details on where they served and their performance. I would allow a few hours if not most of a day if you really want to check the place out! A notable point as you can see there are some machines of which there are not just one of type, it really is a vast collection.
She’s a bit hard to view, in their workshop they are building a Tiger one from recovered wreck pieces and new built parts, the intention is she will be a runner with a modern more serviceable engine.
For those planning a visit they have a history guy every Saturday and try and run at least one machine. Every two years they have Ausarmourfest so this runs this year 27-28-29/8/21.