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ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL MUSEUM, ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS, USA



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Location Category ID:
63100
Address: RIA Museum, Building 60, North Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61299-5000
Telephone: 309-782-5021
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Opening Times: Tues-Fri: 10 – 4
Sat-Sun: 12 – 4
Official Website: RIA Museum
Other Links: Wikipedia: Rock Island Arsenal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.51984049 , -90.54536819
Location Accuracy: 6
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: M2A1 Light Tank (Design parent and sole manufacturer 1935)
2: M2A2 Light Tank (Design parent and sole manufacturer 1936-7)
3: M2A3 Light Tank (Design parent and sole manufacturer 1938)
4: M2A4 Light Tank (Design parent and manufacturer of pilot 1939)
5: M1922 Tank (Completed 1923)
6: M74 Tank Recovery Vehicle (Additional manufacturer 1958)
7: Mark X 4.7in Self-Propelled Gun (Sole manufacturer)
8: Mark VIII Liberty Heavy Tank - US Production (Manufacturer 1919-20)

Long term:
1: XM551 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank - Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (AMC – Rock Island until May 1971)
2: M26A1 Pershing Tank - Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (Converted from M26 – 1952)



The Rock Island Arsenal Museum (formerly the John M. Browning Museum) was established on July 4, 1905. It is the second-oldest US Army Museum in the United States after the West Point Museum. Exhibits focus on the history of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island’s use as a Union prison camp during the American Civil War. The museum also contains an extensive collection of small arms weapons and an outdoor vehicle display.
The Rock Island Arsenal itself is located on Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island, on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois. It lies within the state of Illinois. The island was originally established as a government site in 1816 with the building of Fort Armstrong. It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. It has been an active manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s. In 1919-20 100 of the Anglo-American or Liberty Mark VIII tanks were manufactured there, although too late for World War I.

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Location ID:
63100
Latitude, Longitude:41.51984049, -90.54536819
Location Accuracy:6



1) M22 Locust Airborne Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 1308
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This M22 is missing its main armament and mantlet. In April 1946, forty-one M22s with guns and mantlets removed were sold at Rock Island Arsenal, at $100 each, for use as agricultural tractors. It is possible that this one was from that batch.


2) M4A3 (76) HVSS Sherman Tank American


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Unique ID: 1309
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During World War II, Rock Island Arsenal received thousands of armoured vehicles to overhaul, of which this Sherman was one. It was retained, and put on display as a museum exhibit in 1948. It is believed to be have been assigned to the U.S. 4th Armored Division and was knocked out during the Battle of the Bulge. It shows considerable battle damage, including a hit on the gun which bent the barrel, and a large penetration of the right side of the turret. It has been field-modified with three large plates of armour welded to the glacis and transmission housing. These plates bear the marks of at least three hits that did not penetrate. This tank has its hatches open and a walkway has been welded to the top of the hull so that the interior can be seen more easily.


3) M50 Ontos Self-Propelled Recoilless Rifle American


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This Ontos was acquired by the museum from the USMC in January 1972.