TBTD – The only Dutch Tank in WWII & The Dutch Defensive Strategy

In Throwback Thursday we’ll look back on some tank (historical) peculiarities. This week we’ll start with the Dutch Renault FT-17 and its fate throughout the war.
The Dutch might not be known for their extensive combat and resistance against the German invaders in May 1940. A little background insight will be given to show why the Dutch army was far from ready when Germany invaded.
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A chance to ride the Tiger 131

Ever wanted to ride a tank? What about the legendary Tiger 131 from Bovington Tank Museum?

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Tiger 131 – Tank Fest 2013 – Photo taken by Harkonnen

For those interested, the Bovington Tank Museum is selling raffle tickets where you can win a ride in the Tiger 131 on Tiger Day. Cost is 5£ each ticket, you can buy as many as you want to increase your changes to win.

If you plan on going to Tiger Day on 30th April 2016, and would love to ride the Tiger 131 just visit the museum page and get yourself one. Because of last year success, the museum decided to give more than one prize this time, so here what you could win:

  • 1st Prize: Ride on Tiger 131
  • 2nd Prize: Ride on Leopard
  • 3rd: Prize: Ride on Centurion

You can buy a raffle up to 29th February and the drawn will be on 4th March. The winners will be informed shortly after.

In no way I am trying to sell more tickets, just got one for me because I am going to Tiger Day and I though some of you might want to have a go too.

Saumur Tank Museum (Part 1)

I always dreamed on¬†seeing the tanks I used to see in history books in person when I was a kid. Used to imagine myself going to places and be amazed by these vehicles and all of the engineering behind them. When I moved to the UK back in 2011, the first thing I did when I finally had money was to buy a car and go to the Bovington Tank Museum. My wife said to me when we got there “You look like a kid with a new toy”… And I was, I was finally seeing what I always dreamed of and I could touch them but this post is not about that visit, I’ll leave that to a latter post.

I will be sharing with you, in a series of posts, my visit to the Saumur Tank Museum, in Saumur, France or in as the French say Le Musée des Blindés de Saumur, back in September 2015.

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Me¬†in my Indiana hat that my lovely wife gave to me… and my trademark.

I found myself in here when I finally decided to find where the French museum was and to my surprise, I found out that it was 80 km from where me and my wife usually stop to sleep on our road trip to Portugal… yeah, I drive all the way to Portugal from the UK once or twice a year and its an amazing trip.

And I have to be honest, it wasn’t disappointing. The museum has a huge collection and with very unique vehicles for any tank enthusiast to go crazy about,¬†in total the museum has over 800 vehicles and over 200 are in full working order.

The visit costs a mere 8‚ā¨ and if you want to take pictures/videos you have to pay an extra 5‚ā¨, which is a great price for what you get.

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M46 Patton KR and Panzer 58 Mutz

M46 Patton KR :

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Panzer 58 Mutz :

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