Status Report: Normandy Tank Museum by Yuri Pasholok
Yuri Pasholok, who is currently in France, visited the Normandy Tank Museum near Carentan and made a whole bunch of interesting pictures inside.
As can be imagined, most of the museum is dedicated to the Americans, although there are British, German and French items as well. This is logical because the museum is located on a former American P-38 and P-47 airstrip in an American landing (parachute drop) sector. Many of the vehicles in the museum are in running condition and they are marked historically correctly, based on existing photographs to a high degree of authenticity. Even the bags and tools and other equipment are very authentic and the manequins are correctly dressed. Overall the exhibition is very good.
M3A1 Light Tank
Willys Jeep and LVT-4 - the AT barrier ("hedgehog") is authentic, from Omaha beach
Harley Davidson WLA, Chaffee in the background
M3A1 Light tank again
GMC DUKW ("Duck")
USAF pilot uniforms
M45 turret (quad .50 cals), this turret was also mounted on halftracks to create the famous M16 "Meat Chopper". Quad .50 cals could be used against ground targets (infantry) to a devastating effect.
M4 Medium ("Sherman"), this one was painted to resemble the personal tank of general Creighton Abrams, called "Thunderbolt"
M5A1 Light Tank
US infantry with a Chefrolet G-7117 truck. The uniform camouflage was used in Normandy but it was removed soon because it resembled Waffen SS too much
GMC CCKW-353 truck
M7B1 "Priest" SPG
German exposition - notice the Panzer IV Ausf.J, which actually fought in Normandy. It was located in the Falaise museum until recently. It is not in working condition, but there are plans to restore it.
Ambulance and crew
Staff vehicle (WC-56)
M26 Dragon Wagon transporter, hauling a LVT-4
M8 Greyhound, the most common American late-war armored car
M36 GMC "Jackson", the most powerful American wartime tank destroyer
Free French Citroen Traction Avant
M5 Halftrack of the Free French, towing a 2pdr (I think)
M3A1 Scout Car, also in Free French colours (Leclerc division)
US Army Piper L4 observation craft
British Daimler Dingo