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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 2:00:21 AM   
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Excellent photographs! Thank you for sharing. I would like to visit that museum someday.

But I can't help but feel sorry for those of us on dial-up.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 5:18:21 AM   
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JD, you never cease to amaze me, I love your photo's, thank you so kindly for posting them.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 7:27:53 AM   
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That's because I didn't know what it was

Seriously, I was so stoked to see a Spitfire and Focke Wulf...then I spent so long in the Holocaust Exhoibition I didn't get to look at what that one was
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yeap them the guns :)


you didn't mention the He 162 in the photo

nice photos




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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 7:29:23 AM   
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Oooooops....sorry. One forgets that when one evolves to broadband, there are some who do not have the means.

I did actually shrink the pictures down. They are around 200Kb each...the original sizes were 600Kb!
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ORIGINAL: Greybriar

Excellent photographs! Thank you for sharing. I would like to visit that museum someday.

But I can't help but feel sorry for those of us on dial-up.



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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 7:30:43 AM   
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And to all who thanked me for showing, it was my pleasure. I had a great day out...truly awesome. We were there for about 5 hours. Free of charge too!

Couldn't help but put a deep sea diver in the collection box though.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 7:34:48 AM   
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Appropriately it used to be a lunatic asylum.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 10:35:07 AM   
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ORIGINAL: JudgeDredd

That's because I didn't know what it was

Seriously, I was so stoked to see a Spitfire and Focke Wulf...then I spent so long in the Holocaust Exhoibition I didn't get to look at what that one was
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yeap them the guns :)


you didn't mention the He 162 in the photo

nice photos







no hassle JD, it jumped out of the page at me when I seen it

I was lucky enough to see it way back when, and is one of the places that I always wanted to go back to, but don't think I will ever be lucky enough again to do so



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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 12:50:41 PM   
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I am amazed about your War museum , very nice collection. In Brussels, Belgium we have also a War museum but this is nearly a junkyard.


Apparantly they refurbished it last year or the year before - should find the time for a new visit as I live like 10 km from it.

If you're into WWII stuff there's one museum you've got to see and which is only a 2 hour drive : Diekirch, Luxemburg. On the way to there, swing by at La Gleize to have a look at the King Tiger parked on the road across the church.

The absolute best in WWII (and modern) armour can be found in Saumur, France - they've got everything a threadhead could possibly want, even Italian tanks and a Merkava.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 6:58:45 PM   
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Hey, I got some of those. Hope you don't mind me adding to the gallery. I was there in November.

Here's the naval guns out front, A sherman and an M3 Grant (or is it Lee, I forget).











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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 7:03:12 PM   
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Here's some more. A Bofors, a planning map of DDay and for something different, a diorama from their WW1 section of a trench line battlefield. Couldn't get a good pic of that one as the glass kept reflecting the flash and without the flash you could barely see anything.












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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 7:07:49 PM   
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I enjoyed the museum and even though most these pics are WW2 they have a lot of items or at least presentations stretching back from the late 1800s I believe.  

The Holocaust exhibit was very well done but a bit of a tear jerker even for someone like me who's actually visited Dachau.  Had to go out and unwind after seeing it!

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 8:21:39 PM   
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The guns are the famous 15", the finest naval gun Britain ever produced. They entered service with the Queen Elizabeth class, and armed many others not least the Hood and our last battleship - the superb Vanguard.


The 15" were good guns, but for my money the 14" on the King George V class were even better. (Higher muzzle velocity and greater penetration.) And don't forget the 16" models on the Nelson and Rodney -- those are the lads that did the heavy lifting in pounding the Bismarck to a wreck.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 9:02:12 PM   
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No, I hadn't overlooked the others. The 15" was a class act from the start and had great accuracy. The 16" was a more natural progression than the sometimes temperamental 14" which the RN had to compromise on given the design restrictions in the lead up to war. All these weapons had great destructive power when they were on target but its worth noting that Bismarck was still afloat (although wrecked) after numerous hits, many at exceptionally close range.

Of course the true successor of the 15" was Fisher's projected 18" but we will never know whether it would have been as successful a design (doubts have been raised about its likely efficacy). The Japanese managed to introduce a working 18" whereas the USA opted for improvements through their super heavy 16" shells and better fire-control; probabably the more cost-effective approach.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 9:04:02 PM   
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Thank you for the photos JD

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 10:10:09 PM   
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ORIGINAL: JudgeDredd

And to all who thanked me for showing, it was my pleasure. I had a great day out...truly awesome. We were there for about 5 hours. Free of charge too!

Couldn't help but put a deep sea diver in the collection box though.


Have you seen the Tank Museum at Bovington?

If you haven't, I'd recommend it. Far more vehicles, although obviously less on everything else. I spent 6 hours grinning like a five year old at the Cadbury's factory. Tiger, Panther, they had everything.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 11:01:32 PM   
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Yes I have. I enjoyed it thoroughly, though it needs another visit, because that was quite a few years ago. I remember the Tiger well....beautiful tank! Panther is a looker as well, but I honestly can't remember it there. We were on our way back from holiday in Wales, so we didn't have a great deal of time.

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RE: The Imperial War Museum London - 2/3/2009 11:17:47 PM   
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Thanks JD. Good set of photos - that jagdpanther is still a deadly looking beast.

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