On Saturday Rob accompanied me to the open day of a tank museum in Nokesville, VA. I'd only just discovered this place which is only open once a year so didn't want to miss it. I hadn't ever been aware that there were tanks in this area so I was excited to find out more. To be quite honest, I wasn't expecting much, but tanks are tanks and musn't be missed. They have always fascinated me since childhood, those huge impenetrable bodies with the gun turrets swiveling round searching for a target. The thundering rumble that shakes the ground accompanied by a mechanical squealing as the huge metal tracks crush the earth beneath. I've watched Battle of the Bulge and any other tank movie plus visited the excellent Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset, England; these huge beasts terrify me yet draw me in.
We drove into the parking field then made our way to the entrance. My jaw must have dropped before we even got to the gate. I'd never seen so many tanks in a field before. But there were also people carrying vehicles, anti-tank vehicles, motorbikes, first aid vehicles, cavalry horses, and so many people dressed in military garb, I was rendered speechless. This was really impressive.
I took a little clip of it here. It sent shivers down my spine when that gun barrel pointed right at me, brilliant!
When I spotted this people carrier, I tossed my camera to Rob asking him to take a shot while I pretended that I was about to be crushed by the huge tracks.
On our way to the parking lot I spotted a soldier taking a cellphone photo of the scene in front of him and requested if I could take a photo of him taking a photo. He readily complied and afterwards told us that he was there with his WWII vehicle and that he'd also written a book, Last Chance by LTC David L. Stanley. This link shows the book and reviews. I bought it from Amazon.
An article on the 2013 Open Day.
And the website for the new museum.