Army's Newest Museum

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  1. ccheese

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    PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Artillery guns and tanks are being moved from Maryland to Fort Lee as the Army relocates its ordnance museum.

    The pieces are among the first artifacts to be moved and are scheduled to arrive Tuesday.
    The Army Ordnance Museum's move from the Aberdeen Proving Ground to the Virginia base is part of the government's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's shuffling of U.S. military bases.

    Artifacts will be moved in phases to simplify the logistics. The museum has more than 170 tanks and artillery.
    Museum Director Joseph Rainer says it's the largest move in the history of the Army's museum system.
    Fort Lee already is home to the Quartermaster Museum and the Army Women's Museum.



    The first piece moved was a WW-II German Jagpanzer Elefant tank destroyer, which weighs about 9,000 pounds. The director of the museum said they have over 200 pieces to move from
    Aberdeen to Fort Lee. Should be an interesting facility to visit in a couple of years.

    Charles
     
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    Thanks for the info, Charles. My in-laws live in NoVA and I'm in Richmond several times a year for business so this should be a short hop for a visit when it opens.
     
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    Thanks Charles, it does sound like it will be a nice museum.
    I'll be waiting for pics...


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    Sounds like a real photo op when they are moving the equipment. They usually flatbed items like that, so if you could catch it in motion, it might be a cool shot.
     
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    Can you imagine what it'll take to get that Elefant onto a lowboy?

    And if I'm not mistaken...isn't the German K5e (Leopold) railway gun there too?
     
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    Yeah, what a site to behold seeing that get moved! I think the Leopold is there too. Man, I would love to see that getting moved! I am guessing the Army Corps or Engineers are going to be busy with those!
     
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    I will try to keep and eye on this. If I hear about something being moved, Ill try to find out how and where.

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    That would be great!

    Wish I could be there to get photos...hopefully folks in that area will be able to!
     
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