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Just Back From My Visit To The Us Army Armor And Cavalry Collection - Fort Benning Ga


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#1 Jim Warford

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 2207 PM

Just got back from a great visit to the armored vehicle collection at Fort Benning...here are some pics for starters:

 

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 0404 AM

Thanks Jim; would love to see a Mk.VIII. They're having an open house of the American annex this Saturday, actually. Anyone going?
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Posted 18 June 2019 - 2313 PM

Here's the Tiger I cut-away...

 

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0148 AM

Was that the one that was sectioned in England, or is that another one?


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0227 AM

Are those open to the public?
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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0837 AM

Not regularly, they do have days when they open various areas to the public though.


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 1207 PM

So far, they're only opening the American annex to the public. Definitely better than nothing until if/when the actual museum gets built!
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Posted 19 June 2019 - 2252 PM

DogDodger is correct...the restoration workshop and storage areas and sheds aren't open to the public. Here are a few pics from the American Armor Annex: 

 

 

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 0744 AM

Isn't that the shed that Sofilein did a video series from?


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 0842 AM

Who would be considered "the public"? Does it simply mean "invitation and accompaniment by staff only"?
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 0930 AM

Isn't that the shed that Sofilein did a video series from?

 

Looks like it.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 2222 PM

Who would be considered "the public"? Does it simply mean "invitation and accompaniment by staff only"?

 

Interlinked; yes, that's pretty much it...from what I understand, the general public is not allowed to wander around the collection facilities. Without a special invitation, public access is normally limited to the American Armor Annex during open house days. 


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 2231 PM

Here are a few pics from the vehicle storage sheds...

 

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 0317 AM

The Sherman Firefly closest to the camera in the bottom picture has the markings of a tank from the Lord Strathcona's Horse, 5th Canadian Armoured Division - Northwest Europe 1945.

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 0733 AM

I believe that's the M4A2-hulled "Firefly" that was formerly at Aberdeen.
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Posted 21 June 2019 - 1645 PM

On the other hand, the fully operational Infantry Museum is very impressive and from what I hear, very expensive and in-debt. They've got a few tanks inside as well...

 

The first two pics show the famous FT-17 discovered in Afghanistan and brought back to the US...the third pic shows a US Army M1917... 

 

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 2142 PM

Late 1980s at Fort Knox and much more recently at FBGA...

 

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 0330 AM

Forum what I understand it gets pretty humid there. Not an ideal place for outdoor storage.
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Posted 29 June 2019 - 0824 AM

Forum what I understand it gets pretty humid there. Not an ideal place for outdoor storage.

'Pretty humid' is an understatement.  :P  In this part of  the country, nesting animals and insects* are also a problem.  At least they are under sheds.

*Wasps and hornets can build monstrous nests on and in vehicles if you let them.


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Posted 29 June 2019 - 1457 PM

No doubt. I drove over to Patton Park by the Infantry Museum at 8:00 in the morning to get some pictures of the vehicles there before the open house on the 22nd, and it was hot and humid enough even at that hour that my camera lens instantly fogged up upon exiting my car. :(
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