A Visit to the Imperial War Museum London

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  1. trackend

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    I wasn't sure what category to put this under so that's why its here.
    The Imperial War Museum is dedicated to 20th century and modern warfare.
    I visited today and took some pictures but due to the large
    amount of displays i was unable to see everything so this is
    a taster.
    The entrance is guarded by two 15inch navel guns
    dating from 1915 each barrel weighs 100 tons and in their day where at the cutting edge of warfare technology.
    the right hand gun spent its life on HMS Ramilles the left hand gun
    was on HMS Resolution until 1938 it then was
    put into storage until 1944 when it was mounted on the Lord Roberts
    a shallow draught monitor it saw action on D-Day and in the
    Walcheran islands as a close in shore bombardment platform.
     

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    Very, very cool! Man, I wish I had those guns. :evil4:
     
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    I have a sub for you skim I'll post it a bit later, but first a Jagdpanther
    It was knocked out in september 1944 by a Cromwell commanded by lieutenant W Griffiths near Hetchtel in Belgium.
    Firing from a range of fifty yards his first shot hit the engine compartment he then fired three rounds into the crew compartment.
    I am afraid I appear in some of the pictures to give scale to the exhibits
     

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    Nice shots Lee. The guns outside are huge! I plan on visiting it again at some point, if not this year the for sure early next year. When I was down last time visiting the IWM I spent 1 1/2 days and still didn't see everything, there is so much great stuff to see there. On a side note, what is the special exibition that is on at the moment? Last time a went down it was D-day (shows how long since I have been).
     
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    Lawrence of Arabia is the current one GN I know
    a lot of the guys on this side of the pond have visited the IWM
    I just thought our mates overseas might like a look around.

    I am always impressed by the Shell from the Gustav
     

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    My, what a big bullet. :)
    Good stuff. :cool:
     
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    It is huge Lee! Nice pics.
     
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    Good post..

    sunny
     
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    WE want to see more pix!!!!

    dont stop.
     
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    This is great.... I love this guided tour shit....

    I have been on three Battleships in my years, and those guns are unreal... Its different when u look at a big gun in a turrent, but when theyre exposed like that, damn!!!

    I am really digging the Jagdpanther shots u took..... Good on ya..
     
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    Thanks for the words of encouragment fellas.
    I really envy you Les having been around a battlewagon
    I know that the carrier superceeded them but you cant help being impressed by them.
    I'll have to get meself a little hat with a badge on it (Dickhead Tours perhaps). :bday:

    And next on the tour Ladies gentlemen we come to the Biber one man sub the casing (thank gawd) of a Little Boy A bomb
     

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    More great pics. You wouldn't get me in that sub though. No freakin' way!
     
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    Nice pics Lee. I would never go naywhere near that sub if I had to pilot it!
     
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    Yeah...

    Great pictures! :D
     
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    Somewhere in the UK is one that has been repaired and is now in working order. I think its the Submarine Museaum which I think is in Gosport. The only difference is that they are only allowed to use it on Battery Power.
    There was a programme on TV about the repair which as you could imagine was some task.
     
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    I think I remember that Biber Glider did'nt they trial it a in dry dock or something ?

    Sorry about the FW 190 pics but it was almost impossible to get a good angle
     

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    Nice pics Lee.
     
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    I gotta hand it to you Lee, you have a great eye for taking pictures! Great composition! These picture tours are great and help some of us that can't get there for now to be able to see the history. Good stuff!
     
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    Thanks Eric, I know the images are a bit on the big side which means scrolling about to view both them and the posts
    but I have reduced them to 35% of the originals and have discovered
    that this allows someone to download the image without loosing to much quality.
    Im sorry if its a pain in the arse but I felt it was the lesser of two evils.

    Anyhow to continue the tour I was unaware that anything was left of Rudolph Hess'es BF110.
     

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    Nice pics Lee!
     
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