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Museum Review, American Armoured Foundation, Danville, VA.


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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Mar 21 2012 - 23:09

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The American Armoured Foundation (Yes, they use the proper spelling of 'Armoured', check their website) tank museum in Danville, VA, is a family-run operation which suffers from one significant problem. It’s in Danville, VA. Now, this isn’t to disrespect those of you who live in the town, but you have to admit, it’s a little inconvenient for a substantial portion of the world to get to.

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akoaih #2 Posted Mar 22 2012 - 17:42

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Having been a frequent visitor to the museum (used to do the R/C tank battles) I can also recommend a visit.  And do bring a coat if it's cold weather.

After a second look at the photo above I realized that's my friends and I walking out.  Fortunately the sum was behind us, wouldn't have wanted to break the Chief's camera.

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Chieftain, good read, question, is there any place in the US that has tank festivals/demonstrations where the old tanks are driven around or even battle recreations like those in England?  That would be something I'd be very interested is seeing. Thx.

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Thanks for the post Chieftain. Is it possible to share anymore of those photos you took?

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Oh there is SO much more than tanks at this museum,a deep assortment of weaponry, uniforms, & relics. Of the outstanding refurbished AFV's,the M114 in particular stands out. It is a HUGE building, bring your walking shoes and be prepared to stay all day. The owner is truly passionate about tanks. Too bad he doesn't have Littlefield type money to get all of them running again.

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haha everyone quiver in fear of the SQUIRREL CANNON!  thank you for taking the time to visit the united states, in my opinion it shows you have a dedication and love of tanks which i share.  Keep up the good work! now if only i could afford to visit russia, maybe a tank museum or two haha.
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Acarnoth, on Mar 22 2012 - 18:33, said:

thank you for taking the time to visit the united states, in my opinion it shows you have a dedication and love of tanks which i share.  Keep up the good work! now if only i could afford to visit russia, maybe a tank museum or two haha.
-Acarnoth

Dude. I live in California.

jstafford91 #8 Posted Mar 22 2012 - 18:58

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Thanks for hosting the event Chieftan.  I really enjoyed the museum.  The tank collection may be a bit short on variety, but it makes up for it in the level of access to the vehicles.  I literally touched several of the vehicles to get an idea of the thickness of the armour etc. (the T-34 for example).  The owners were super friendly and spent probably a half an hour talking with my friend and I and making sure we were enjoying our visit.  They were open and honest about the maintenance and overhead of operating the museum,and I learned quite a bit from them.  They are dedicated to preserving the history and honoring the service of all nations.  I loved the small arms and uniform displays, I just found it incredible that they acquired Erhard Raus' uniform, for example.  I feel sure that this is the most accessable and friendly museum you could ever find.  I'm in Virginia, so I will definately make the trip for their extravaganza.  It is worth a day of your time if your are a tank or military history buff.

Anyone else get the creeps from the Eva Braun dress on display?

CdtWeasel #9 Posted Mar 22 2012 - 19:22

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BubbaQ, on Mar 22 2012 - 17:50, said:

Chieftain, good read, question, is there any place in the US that has tank festivals/demonstrations where the old tanks are driven around or even battle recreations like those in England?  That would be something I'd be very interested is seeing. Thx.

There are several different events around the US.  I've never been to the Danville festival, but they at least used to advertise driving many of the tanks around.  The owner told me if he can get em to run, then he would drive em around.  In northern virginia there is a more private collection that has an openhouse in the fall, they always drive around several vehicles and have reenactors on hand. http://www.nmaw.org/...vents/    There are also a couple airshows that have battle reenactments as well.  Been several years since I went up to Reading, PA for their WW2 weekend. They didn't really have armored vehicles when I went, but had a couple big troop reenactments as well as the airshow.   http://www.maam.org/...maamwwii.html   The one event I have been to for the last 7 years is Thunder Over Michigan.  Again its a warbird themed airshow (P-51's this year), however they always have a sizable reenactment with armor.   Usually there is at least a hetzer or two going against some Stuarts, halftracks and a sherman. Saw a chaffee there one year as well. Lately they have added in a Vietnam era reenactment with M113's driving around. http://www.yankeeair...um.org/airshow/

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Well theres definate tank for the International tree! the Strv 74, that thing looks so scifi.

BDKas #11 Posted Mar 22 2012 - 20:53

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SO if one could visit ANY tank museum in the united states chief, which would be the best? Im planning a trip with a buddy to go to a tank museum. Just dont know which to go see.

The_Chieftain #12 Posted Mar 22 2012 - 21:00

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Today? MVTF, in California.

Don't worry, I'll get around to reviewing it one day....

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so the strv 74 is gonna be in game right  :)

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Is... Is that a taxidermied squirrel?
I guess someone there has some experience with outdoor tank displays!

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Chieftain,

Great review!!!



Will you ever review the St.Petersburg Museum of Artillery?

Zulnex #16 Posted Mar 22 2012 - 23:12

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Very nice article. Many thanks for sharing. :Smile_honoring:

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Acarnoth, on Mar 22 2012 - 18:33, said:

haha everyone quiver in fear of the SQUIRREL CANNON!  thank you for taking the time to visit the united states, in my opinion it shows you have a dedication and love of tanks which i share.  Keep up the good work! now if only i could afford to visit russia, maybe a tank museum or two haha.
-Acarnoth

The_Chieftain, on Mar 22 2012 - 18:40, said:

Dude. I live in California.


:D. You made my day. Just because the game is made and based in russia doesnt mean Cheiftain is russian  :D

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Most excellent review! Had I not seen this I may have never become aware of this! Thanks

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One of the more significant vehicles, and this is pretty rare for a museum right now, is a Bradley with the hatches open.
Years ago, when I was at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles, they had a bradley outside that you could get in.  Not sure if they still have it there though.  You ever been there yourself Chief? I thought it was a nice little road stop through Nebraska.


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Oh, and flamethrowers. The kids really love that one.
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Jay4hand #20 Posted Mar 23 2012 - 00:17

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Been waiting a month for you to publish this review Mr. Chieftain!  This was very worth driving the less than 2 hours from Raleigh.  I have tons of photos to publish as well as some vids, I may get around to it tonight or tomorrow.  I thought your review was very fair, may I add, they get a little upset when you sit on their artillery.
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