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I'm in the Armed Forces, and also interested in my jobs history. It was just my luck to have a Tank museum three minutes down the road from where I live in Bovington. So I decided to go have a visit with my mates one day.
From the minute you walk into the museum, history just hits you. It is host to lots of historical war fighting equipment, from clothes to smaller weaponry, to obviously tanks. The tanks on show time right back to the World wars to the very present. It is host too Sherman Tanks, some of which are the only one left of its kind, right up to the Challenger 2, with modules such as the Scimitar and Chieftan in between.
Occasionally the museum presents Tank mobility shows. This is located just outside and you can sit and watch a variety of Tanks being driven etc with the added commentary given information.
Inside is also a Tank training machine, so using this would be exactly how you would drive as well as engage the enemy in a tank we use at presence. There is also a café I noticed inside, selling various food and drink for when you fancy a break. Next door to this is a gift shop, selling disused bullets and memorabilia to take home to friends and family as a souvenir.
I would have to recommend the Tank museum to everyone as it's a great day out and a lot is learned from our history on British war fighting.
I hope this review helps and thanks for reading
We visited the Tank Museum in Dorset this week. If you are in the area on holiday this is well worth a visit. The army's tank training and testing range is based at Bovington, all the army's tank crews undertake their training here. The museum was founded in 1919 and has the worlds largest collection of historic tanks.There are 150 tanks on display, each section is dedicated to a particular period. From the original WW1 tanks through to todays tanks are displayed together with videos and information about each model. Many of the tanks are open for you to look inside, allowing a rare glimpse inside these machines. The museum is not just about static displays, when we went they put on a show of armoured personnel carriers and two tanks, a WW2 Sherman and a modern Chieftan tank. These shows are infrequent so check before going as they are worth seeing. Many of the older tanks are also undergoing restoration to make them roadworthy again. The collection and display take about 3 - 4 hours to see, this is a must for anyone who is / was interested in the military. The site is well laid out, there is also a good cafe/restaurant and a shop selling tank memorabilia. Their website is www.tankmuseum.co.uk and a family ticket is £18.30.
O.K so a tank museum doesn't sound very interesting, but honestly this is a good one if you have a spare day at the end of the week. The best days to go are Thursdays and Fridays when there's a show involving mock battles with pyrotechnics and a range of armoured vehicles. The show starts at midday and goes on until about one. The best thing to do is turn up, watch the show, have lunch at the restaurant next door and then look around the museum in the afternoon. Although this is a tank museum the first display is solely based on WW1 as you walk into an army recruiting office before going through the battered streets of France and then onto a very realistic trench mock up. Background sound tracks add to the realism of the mock ups of both British and German trenches. After the trenches the tank display begins which predictably starts off with WW1 tanks, moving on to mechanisation in the twenties and W.W.II tanks, including an explanation of amphibious tanks. From this the display moves on to tanks used in Borneo, Korea and Vietnam as well as many Russian and modern British tanks, including the Challenger. Also included are a Challenger simulator and an audio visual display. Lastly don't miss out the balcony towards the end, which features a range of swords, guns and antitank weapons.