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Now and then we have inquires about the former US Army Ordnance Museum that used to be at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

 

I was fortunate enough to visit there when I was a teenager.  Somehow I convinced my parents that it would make a great family outing, and they brought my sister and brother along as well.

 

For a young model maker, it was literally a "field of dreams".  

 

I did my best to photograph everything that was there.  However, the flaw in what I thought was going to be a once in a life time trip was I only brought a limited amount of film.  

 

My other disappointment was the field behind the museum had very little US hardware.  Only later did I learn about the Mile of Tanks coming in through one of Aberdeen's main gates.

 

 

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

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Looking back, the tanks were already well on their way to being damaged by outdoor storage.

 

The collection has been dispersed, some of it at Ft. Lee, some to Ft. Benning, and some to Fort Bliss.  In some ways none of these will live up to the variety that was once at APG.

 

I've looked in recent years for photos on line that could better represent the past collection, and just happened across these slide shows on Youtube.

 

Since these photos were taken by a steadier hand with a better camera, I will yield this thread to them.

 

If anyone has any photos they would like to add, feel free!

 

 

 

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

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The irony of my story with Aberdeen is the US Army in its infinite wisdom took me with a political science degree and commissioned me as a Vehicle Maintenance Officer!  I spent at least 6 months there.  Oddly, I only returned to the Museum once or twice, and didn't take a single photo!  I suppose I was just too cool for school at that point, and was more focused on learning the ins and outs of US vehicles.  Opportunity lost, forever.  Lesson learned... never pass up the chance to explore what is right in front of you!

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

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Proud Kraut

What a unique collection! Thanks for sharing the pictures and slideshows, amazing.

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Kia kaha

I visited APG around 2007, it was a unique experience viewing some very rare and famous AFVs and hearing explosions all day. The mile of tanks had been moved for restoration and because rumour had it someone crashed into one of the tanks !

 

has anyone got photos of the inside displays? The machine guns, rifles and of course Jack Attwater had to be seen to be believed. 

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When I was taking my course there, we not only heard explosions, but a whole range of strange and bizarre sounds.  It really made you wonder what they were working on "behind the fence".

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

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Just thinking about the rusting hulks I saw when I took my British buddy there back in the early 2000's makes me nauseated.  Terrible.  I just about cried.  Now that most of the AFV's have been moved, I hope that they got the attention they truly deserved.  I know of a few that did.

 

-Ski

In Memory Of......Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli and Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres........May they rest in peace.....

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