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About 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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 Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Preserved Tanks in Canada   
It turned out that Saturday (23rd), my last day in North America, was the most successful. It began with driving my hire car out of Toronto early in the morning, heading north. I first went to Barrie to see the Sherman at the Barrie Armoury:
Sherman, Barrie
Then I drove west to the Canadian Force Base at Borden to see its famous military museum, and the tanks in the surrounding Worthington Park:
Worthington Park
It also has various tanks on display around the base, such as this T-72:
Worthington Park
There are many tanks in and around Borden; I'll cover them in various articles in the near future.
The afternoon was less successful. I drove fast back south to Oshawa to try to get to the Military and Industrial Museum before it shut at 5pm. However, the roads in that region are not completely developed, and my satnav got very confused and got me lost (via various unmetalled roads). I got to the museum at one minute past five, so had to make do with photographing the vehicles outside, such as this Centurion:
Centurion, Oshawa
Finally I went hunting for a Sherman believed to be on display in Oshawa, but it wasn't at the expected address so at that point I finished up and headed for home.
I flew back on Sunday, and am now at home in the UK planning my next trip (probably to Norway).

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