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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Apr 20 2012 - 17:04

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Most times when one goes to a new city, you only know about a museum either through reputation, or because you went looking in the guide book for things to do. Not so much the case here, though. As soon as you land at Louis Armstrong Airport, you see a number of advertisements for the National WW2 Museum. As you ride along the freeway to the city center, you will see the occasional billboard advertising it as well. Indeed, it seems to be better advertised than the French Quarter.

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tomego #2 Posted Apr 20 2012 - 18:43

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Was funny to read about their Dauntless being taken from the bottom of a lake. Up here in Washington at Boeing's Air and Space Museum they have a Corsair they got off the bottom of a lake to restore.

chekursix #3 Posted Apr 20 2012 - 19:11

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Still waiting for a Review of the US Army Ordnance Museum in Ft Lee VA.....A Must Have stop for WW2 Tanks....Im Sure the Collection from Aberdeen Proving Ground are there by now....Transferred in 2010 to present....Many many tanks on Display....They also have a facebook page if your into that....

Hapiguy #4 Posted Apr 20 2012 - 19:29

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I currently live in Louisiana, and it's quite refreshing to see something about New Orleans that doesn't end in a bar fight, or a shooting/stabbing.  Thanks for the review, I'm looking forward to heading down to visit the museum again soon, as it really is quite interesting.

Good review :)

OSHOW #5 Posted Apr 20 2012 - 20:33

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I would like to go there next time I'm in the South....gj chieftain

totensburntcorpse #6 Posted Apr 21 2012 - 00:10

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Is that Roosevelt's actual notes for the " day of infamy " speech to congress ?!?!??!?!

If so then the other big speech needed would be Ike's apology ( never used of course ) that would have been published had normandy invasion failed.

das_nooblet #7 Posted Apr 21 2012 - 00:37

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Thanks for the review.
With all these reviews you do, I think I'm going to need to start planning an epic globe-spanning mueseum trek :)

tomego, on Apr 20 2012 - 18:43, said:

Was funny to read about their Dauntless being taken from the bottom of a lake. Up here in Washington at Boeing's Air and Space Museum they have a Corsair they got off the bottom of a lake to restore.
At the Canadian War Museum, we have a Valentine tank that was dug up out of a Ukranian bog :P

David_90539 #8 Posted Apr 21 2012 - 02:22

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nice job cheiftan.  wish i could go to these places  :Smile_honoring:

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chekursix, on Apr 20 2012 - 19:11, said:

Still waiting for a Review of the US Army Ordnance Museum in Ft Lee VA.....A Must Have stop for WW2 Tanks....Im Sure the Collection from Aberdeen Proving Ground are there by now....Transferred in 2010 to present....Many many tanks on Display....They also have a facebook page if your into that....

I just came from school at Fort Lee, and I can say that although much of the collection has been moved to Fort Lee, the plans to build a new museum is on hiatus indefinitely.  Incidentally, I also made my way up to APG and they still have many tanks outside the former Ordnance Museum, many of which are featured in WoT.  Sadly (again) there is pretty much no maintenance being done on the vehicles there.  They just happened to be the one's not worth sending to Fort Lee, so they're just left out to the elements.

I am happy to see the WWII Museum being featured, as it was the place I set off my Army adventure.  It is a little like summer blockbuster with a lot of technology and some cool exhibits (the comparison of American and Japanese is my favorite), but not particularly deep.  That being said, it is a pilgrimage all WWII/military history buffs should enjoy, along with your not-as-buffish friends and family.

Finally, have you been to the National Museum of the Pacific War in Brownsville, TX?  Best museum devoted to WWII I have ever been to.

RevJenkins #10 Posted Apr 21 2012 - 06:26

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Might think about the naval air museum in Pensacola too.

Yippee38 #11 Posted Apr 21 2012 - 07:08

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My wife and I were down in NoLa last May and spent an afternoon at the museum.  My impressions were mixed.  While it was very well done, there is also a TON of reading on all of the exhibits.  We got tired of reading everything, and just ended up skimming through.  It is a nice museum though.

The coolest part for us was when we showed up they had a replica Higgins landing craft in the main pavillion.  It was all done exactly as the originals, and they have a video of it being run on a local lake.  Sitting next to the boat was an old guy with a VFW hat on.  We started talking to him.  Turns out he drove them in WWII.  We stood there and talked to him for a half hour.  Best part of the museum BY FAR!

If you go, plan on eating at the restaurant.  It is really, really good.

joey791 #12 Posted Apr 21 2012 - 08:14

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I'm proud that we have this museum in our state. I have visited on more than one ocassion but I have to say that your review really would have done it alot more justice if you would have covered one of the greatest jewels of the museum.

The men and women that fought in this war that freely give their time as tour guides. Its one thing to see a plane or tank or a replica Higgins boat, but to talk to a marine that left that landing craft on Okinawa or an Airborne ranger with the 82nd that landed in Normandy the night before D-Day, that is truly something else.

chekursix #13 Posted Apr 21 2012 - 13:39

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First i'd like to thank Greenbarron for the info on fort Lee....As for APG its a shame those tanks are rotting outside....Maybe WoT can start a Museum and safe whats left....Ha Ha....Is it still Possible to visit APG to see whats left of the Tanks?
also how is the access to Ft Lee....Only a short distance to VA like to make a weekend trip to both...All info greatly Appreciated .....Chekursix

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das_nooblet, on Apr 21 2012 - 00:37, said:

Thanks for the review.
With all these reviews you do, I think I'm going to need to start planning an epic globe-spanning mueseum trek :)


At the Canadian War Museum, we have a Valentine tank that was dug up out of a Ukranian bog :P

Nice! I just read this article. Dang war material underground.
http://www.foxnews.c...-to-be-exhumed/

Thanks for the article! Would love to visit some of these museums. I've visited a lot of air museums, my grandfather was a pilot in WWII but not many armor museums. Something to look forward to!

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I'm lucky to live down in the Big Easy area and every year on June 6th since the opening I attend to see all the special events. Lots of vets show up to tell their story and reenacting groups come down with restored vehicles including tanks. Up until a few years ago this was the D-Day museum but in order to get more funding they became the "NATIONAL WW2" museum.
Small note the Higgins boats or landing crafts used by the Allies were tested down here on Lake Ponchatrain and built down here. In fact they were built not too far from the museum location. The street the museum is on was changed to Andrew Higgins.

ignorethechaos #16 Posted Apr 22 2012 - 03:44

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That museum is awesome. You still needing volunteers for the Heat of Battle convention? We've got a tabletop gaming group there anyway.  :)

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I went to this museum about... 6 years ago, I'd guess, and the American Sector wasn't even under construction yet.

Also on this fateful day, there was a live fire demonstration of infantry rifles, SMGs, machineguns, and concluding with 2 rounds from a 37mm AT infantry support gun :D

sheep21 #18 Posted Apr 22 2012 - 18:36

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nice review, looks like there is plenty of space and more coming!
(adds another place to the list of places to visit when in the USA).

Thanks chieftain,

P.S. Will you ever do one of these two?
Bovington Tank Museum
Imperial War Museum

Makeup an excuse for visiting wargaming.net's registered offices as an excuse and come on over for the weekend, the weather ain't that bad, honest guv!  ;)

The_Chieftain #19 Posted Apr 22 2012 - 18:59

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I don't really need an excuse to go back to those places. Put it this way, I've even tried the Weymouth night life.

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The_Chieftain, on Apr 22 2012 - 18:59, said:

I don't really need an excuse to go back to those places. Put it this way, I've even tried the Weymouth night life.
  Ahhh, the real reason! Domestic Six will not risk the Chieftain in such a hazardous international hotspot. Weymouth.  :o




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