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#1 John Nelson

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 2144 PM

The Collings Foundation formal grand opening of its new American Heritage Museum in Stow, Massachusetts, featuring the Jacques Littlefield Collection, took place on the weekend of May 3-5. 

There was a sneak peak for the public back in October but now all the displays are complete. I drove the hour and 45 minutes from coastal Connecticut with my son and Tanknet member Jeff and greatly enjoyed seeing this new world class facility. Museum guides were out in force but the public's attendance seemed disappointing to me. I hope they have sufficient funding secured to keep this fantastic museum financially viable. 

Here are some photos from our visit. 

 

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The lighting made interior photography a challenge. 

Here is the highlight of the museum: the Panther Ausf A and a T34/85:

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Here's a view looking downward on the M3 Lee affording a good view of the placement of its side-mounted 75 mm gun:

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A Higgins boat that actually took part in the D-Day landings:

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A Hetzer and an M4A3E2 Jumbo. Also visible are an M16 Half-Track / M45 Quadmount and a Bren Gun Carrier:

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A T-72 in the foreground next to a segment of the Berlin Wall with quite an armor collection visible in the background.

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The M-26 Pershing. You may be familiar with the famous footage of the Pershing taking on the Panther tank next to the Cologne cathedral.

 

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Here Nick Moran interviews that Pershing tank's gunner:

 

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The tour guide told us that the gunner from the Pershing tank in that battle had been in to see this one on display. The staircase visible on the left had been placed there to enable him to go up on this tank.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 2157 PM

Close up of the Panther:

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With my son in front of the M1A1:

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The rough exterior of the T34/76:

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Jeff, my son and I got invited back for a tour of the workshop. Great guys back there!

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Tank tracks from a Tiger. They assured us there was no Tiger lurking back there.

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They tricked my son by laboriously carrying out this very heavy .50 cal and suddenly dropping it into my surpised son's arms. It was of course a realistic plastic replica.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 2209 PM

Great pictures!


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Posted 14 May 2019 - 2240 PM

Fantastic pictures! Two great men! :)
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 0719 AM

Wow! How did I miss Nicks interview??
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 1058 AM

That Panther was his favorite:


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 1410 PM

Thanks for sharing these, much appreciated.  If we're ever back in that area, will definitely stop.


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 1622 PM

looks to be a very fine museum !  

 

(Wish someone would do the Panthers etc in some other camo than Flecktarn. Almost everything at Munster is also that camo. Mayby just do one in winter camo or grey or something else.)


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Posted 15 May 2019 - 2023 PM

Can't resist a few more:

 

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An Me-109 G10 painted in Eric Hartman's colors:

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T-55 and Scud Missile and launcher:

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The white light and infrared searchlight on the M48 Patton:

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Points at door of Scud missile launcher:

"Who's that daddy?"

"Why that's Uncle Saddam."

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 0234 AM

Saddam could at least have put on a swimsuit for the troops. :D

 

Apologies if this is off topic, but I subscribe to the Kermit Weeks youtube channel, and this popped up the other day. He pays a visit to the Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Museum (im not entirely sure where) which also has a collection of vintage military vehicles. The most interesting part of which was a training turret for an M1A1 crew.


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 1006 AM

It's located a bit north of Seattle, adjacent to Paine Airfield and Boeing's Everett plant where it assembles its largest planes. Despite Paul Allen's demise, it seems that it is endowed for a very long time. The restorations are extremely detailed and complete and AFVs are demonstrated and aircraft [summer season] flown in pairs on the weekends. The 2010 Tanknet I&I visited it.

 

 

 

          Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
 

 

The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum opens its doors to guests free of charge on the first Thursday of the month between the hours of 2pm-5pm.
The Collection
 
The Collection. 70 Results. Refine Results. .
Events
 
Events. 05. 16. M-48 Cut Away Tank Unveiling Event ...
Hours & Admission
 
Hours & Admission. Visit the home of flying warbirds and ...
Tankfest Northwest
 
Hear the rumble and boom of vintage tanks and artillery at the ...

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 1114 AM

I hope they have sufficient funding secured to keep this fantastic museum financially viable.

 

Does anyone know what their funding is like?  Not trying to be a downer or anything but it seems likely interest in WW2-anything in this country will largely disappear in a few decades.  Hopefully they're relying on something besides fees from visitors to keep the doors open?


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Posted 16 May 2019 - 1315 PM

Thought this might be an appropriate bit of remembrance for this thread:

 

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TankNetters with Jacques Littlefield at the local burger joint. From left to right around the table, I see the roster as:  Ken, Vlad (yak_v), Jacques (the man himself), Colin, Jimmy (JWB), Mike (MasterBlaster), Carey (CG Erickson), and yours truly.  Alas I can not recall who else was present with back turned.  Hope I got it all correct -- and fully expect to be told if I didn't!

 

We were later told that it was this same day that Jacques and family decided, in consultation with his doctors, to stop his cancer treatments and just live out what time was left to him.  None of that was evident to us on the day as we enjoyed some suds and talked some tanks.

 

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Posted 16 May 2019 - 1325 PM

 

It's located a bit north of Seattle, adjacent to Paine Airfield and Boeing's Everett plant where it assembles its largest planes. Despite Paul Allen's demise, it seems that it is endowed for a very long time. The restorations are extremely detailed and complete and AFVs are demonstrated and aircraft [summer season] flown in pairs on the weekends. The 2010 Tanknet I&I visited it.

 

 

 

          Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
 

 

The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum opens its doors to guests free of charge on the first Thursday of the month between the hours of 2pm-5pm.
The Collection
 
The Collection. 70 Results. Refine Results. .
Events
 
Events. 05. 16. M-48 Cut Away Tank Unveiling Event ...
Hours & Admission
 
Hours & Admission. Visit the home of flying warbirds and ...
Tankfest Northwest
 
Hear the rumble and boom of vintage tanks and artillery at the ...

 

 

Cheers for that Ken. Looks a nice place.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 0507 AM

Take my wife and kids to the battle reenactment every year. Saw Nick signing books there this past October. Intend to checkout the museum this fall. The diversity of reenactors is impressive. In addition to the US, German and British, they have a Russian encampment, Japanese and even a Chinese Nationalist.
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 0727 AM

Take my wife and kids to the battle reenactment every year. Saw Nick signing books there this past October. Intend to checkout the museum this fall. The diversity of reenactors is impressive. In addition to the US, German and British, they have a Russian encampment, Japanese and even a Chinese Nationalist.

Sounds like a good pair of shoes is advisable.


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 1213 PM

Thought this might be an appropriate bit of remembrance for this thread:

 

Suds_Before_Tanks_Oct08.jpg

TankNetters with Jacques Littlefield at the local burger joint. From left to right around the table, I see the roster as:  Ken, Vlad (yak_v), Jacques (the man himself), Colin, Jimmy (JWB), Mike (MasterBlaster), Carey (CG Erickson), and yours truly.  Alas I can not recall who else was present with back turned.  Hope I got it all correct -- and fully expect to be told if I didn't!

 

We were later told that it was this same day that Jacques and family decided, in consultation with his doctors, to stop his cancer treatments and just live out what time was left to him.  None of that was evident to us on the day as we enjoyed some suds and talked some tanks.

 

-Mark

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Well done,Mark. Jacques was perhaps the most supportive gentleman TN ever encountered; a true believer.


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Posted 21 May 2019 - 1127 AM


Take my wife and kids to the battle reenactment every year. Saw Nick signing books there this past October. Intend to checkout the museum this fall. The diversity of reenactors is impressive. In addition to the US, German and British, they have a Russian encampment, Japanese and even a Chinese Nationalist.

Sounds like a good pair of shoes is advisable.

Especially if it rain is expected. Gets pretty muddy.
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Posted 22 May 2019 - 0844 AM


Take my wife and kids to the battle reenactment every year. Saw Nick signing books there this past October. Intend to checkout the museum this fall. The diversity of reenactors is impressive. In addition to the US, German and British, they have a Russian encampment, Japanese and even a Chinese Nationalist.

Sounds like a good pair of shoes is advisable.
Especially if it rain is expected. Gets pretty muddy.
All those tracks tearing up the ground...plus lots of walking, you betcha! People get to meet General Mud

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 2144 PM



 

 

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I know that Panther... :)   

 

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