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Latrun Armour Museum
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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 09:58 AM UTC
Jesper shares with us a visit to the Latrun Armour Museum, and provides information on what is available to see and do if you get a chance to visit.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 03:37 PM UTC
Thanks, some nice photos and really gives a sense of the size of the museum.

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Texas, United States
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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 04:38 PM UTC
The entrance to the museum looks new (I was there in 2001). The story I got on the Hotchkiss is that it was guarded by the British under the mandate. The Haganah sent two women to distract the British guards and stole the tank.

Was the Wall of Tears memorial still there? It is a wall of armor which was cut from damaged or destroyed tanks, each piece with the hole punched into it.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 08:10 AM UTC
Dear Jesper,

I am glad that you had a good trip and that you enjoyed your visit in the Latrun collection.

The H39 Hotchkiss had indeed an interesting service circle.
The Panzer and Stug 3 were in use by the syrians (not Egyptians) and captured during the 6 day war in june 67 on the Golan Heights.

The entrance to the site is not for free.

Thank you for your article and photos.

Lt. Col (res) Michael Mass
Curator of the Latrun Tank collection
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Posted: Friday, December 03, 2010 - 10:52 PM UTC
Thanks for the comments, guys. Glad you liked the photos.

Ted, there is a big wall with the names of all those killed in the service of the tank forces, but not made from scrap armour. However, I might have missed the other memorial.

Thanks for the additional info on the panzer and the StuG III, Michael. I guess I owe some money then, as I did not pay to get in. Anyway, thanks for setting it straight.
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Jerusalem, Israel
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Posted: Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 05:06 AM UTC
Hello Jasper,

Guess you had a great visit.