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About PreservedTanks.com   
PreservedTanks.com has been created by Trevor Larkum of Armour Archive to provide information on preserved tanks around the world. It was initially built using the content from existing Armour Archive publications, including Preserved German Tanks 1: A7V to Panzer IV, Preserved German Tanks 2: Panzer V Panther to Leopard 2, Preserved Tanks in France, Preserved Tanks in Russia, and so on (these publications are available as paperback books from Armour Archive).

The first books to be put online were Preserved German Tanks Volumes 1 and 2 (see the links at the top). Then the first chapters of Preserved Tanks in Russia (covering the Kubinka and Moscow collections) and Preserved Tanks in France (covering Normandy and the Saumur armour museum) were added.

The site went online 8 June 2008. Since then a large number of tanks and collections have been added covering many countries of the world, including UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Brazil, Italy, and so on. This work is planned to continue until all preserved tanks (i.e. those no longer in military service) have been recorded.




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 Monday, March 17, 2014


Long Term Catch-up   
It's been a long time since my last blog post - a lot of work has been done on the site since then so I'll show some highlights here.

The big news of 2011 was covering the large collections of Overloon in the Netherlands, and Armourgeddon in the UK, in between writing a complete new book on Preserved Tanks in Brazil. In total more than 2300 photo's were added to the database.

 
Liberty Park Oorlogsmuseum, Overloon, Netherlands


 

Armourgeddon, UK


 

Preserved Tanks in Brazil



 
The highlight of 2012 was undoubtedly completing the write-up of Bovington Tank Museum, including its reserve collections. It is probably the single biggest tank collection in the world with 250 tanks, the only other potential competitors being Kubinka and Saumur - at least since the collections in the US at APG and Fort Knox have been broken up. It is surely the premier collection in the world since it leads the way in the restoration of running vehicles and in providing public display facilities for the bulk of its collection. Writing it up was certainly a labour of love, and I believe the first time ever that the reserve collection has been fully catalogued.
 
Preserved Tanks at Bovington




Two other major developments in 2012 were the sections on Preserved Tanks in Poland, and the Isle of Wight Military Museum, UK.


Preserved Tanks in Poland


 

Isle of Wight Military Museum




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 Monday, October 31, 2011


Preserved Tanks in Italy and UK   
Catch-up, continued. From January to February I worked with Massimo Foti on adding some more locations in Italy, for example:

Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola

P40



Caserma Fratelli De Carli, Cordenons

Cordenons Firefly



Defence Line Emplacements, Tagliamento River

Tagliamento Pershing

Preserved Tanks in Italy


In March I began work on writing up Bovington Tank Museum, a huge task that I have not yet finished:

Bovington Tank Museum, Wareham

Bovington Challenger

Bovington Camp ATDU and Solitary Vehicles

Bovington Conqueror



I also wrote up the Lulworth Ranges:

Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School, Lulworth Camp

Lulworth Centurion Tank

Preserved Tanks in Britain


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 Friday, September 30, 2011


Preserved Tanks in USA   
I can't believe I haven't posted for a year - it's not that I haven't been busy developing the site, rather that I've been too busy doing it. Anyway, I'll try to post more often, beginning with a catch-up.

From August last year to January this year I worked on updating the status of the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, particularly the changes caused by BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) and the movement of vehicles from FK to Fort Benning:

Preserved Tanks at Fort Knox

BRAC Transfer, Fort Knox

Preserved Tanks at Fort Benning

Priest, Fort Knox

In parallel I added entries for Fort Irwin, Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Lewis Army Museum and the Patton Museum in California:

Preserved Tanks at Fort Irwin

M728, Fort Irwin

Preserved Tanks at Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

M1, Mississippi

Preserved Tanks at Lewis Army Museum

M4A1, Lewis

Preserved Tanks at Patton Museum, California

M47, Chiriaco

Between them these have helped fill out the America section, though there is still a lot of work to do:

Preserved Tanks in USA


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 Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Preserved Tanks in Egypt   
My thanks go to Ian Holloway who contacted me, having seen the item on Preserved Tanks in Italy, and provided photo's of preserved Italian and other tanks in Egypt. This prompted me to start a new page and it can be seen here:

Preserved Tanks in Egypt

Sherman, Egypt

Meanwhile I have continued to work with Massimo Foti to track down vehicles around Switzerland, and we have managed to make great progress there:

Preserved Tanks in Switzerland

For example, here's the Panzerwagen 39 in the Thun SHP collection:

Pz 39

Closer to home I have continued to work on tanks around the UK, and early results can be seen here:

Preserved Tanks in Britain

The highlight for me so far is the excellent Muckleburgh Collection - highly recommended!

Muckleburgh Collection

In addition I have made a large number of code improvements to the website, including listing tanks previously seen at each collection, better formatting, information on factories, etc. I hope you like it.


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 Thursday, December 31, 2009


Preserved Tanks in Italy   
A busy month - and two bits of good news:

Firstly, with Massimo Foti, who made the major contribution to Preserved Tanks in Switzerland, I am currently working on Preserved Tanks in Italy. Although it is still a work-in-progress it is shaping up well so it's time to make it available for everyone:

Roma M14/41

Preserved Tanks in Italy

Keep an eye on it over the next few weeks as it is developing fast.

Secondly, the site recently underwent a major upgrade. The most obvious changes are that photographs are now displayed at a much higher resolution when you click through to them, and also there is now a specific Profile page for each tank in the database that contains all the information for that tank in one place. As an example, here's the new Profile page for the Tiger II at Full mentioned in a previous blog:

Swiss King Tiger

More upgrades are planned for the new year.


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