Thursday, 11 October 2012
Royal Australian Armoured Corps Museum- Part One
For the two weeks prior to Bedecon, I was off roaming about South Australia with my fiancee, doing my time in the shops, before dragging her to museums. One of the ones we were lucky enough to visit was the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Museum at Puckapunyal, which is about an hour north of Melbourne. Situated on an active army base, the museum was really, really fantasic, and the novelty of taking a campervan onto an army base was not lost on the mrs, so less brownie points were lost than anticipated! Like my homeland of NZ, Australia were a bit late to the whole "tank" thing. The ANZACs were not famous as tank crews, rather as being elite light infantry (and stealing everything that wasn't nailed down). In the Second World War it became necessary for the Australians to acquire tanks, both in the desert and in the pacific theatre. Post the war, the Australians developed their armoured force, equipping themselves with foreign built tanks, and maintain an armoured force to this day. But, on to the pictures... Inside the museum was a good collection of all of the Australian Army's service weapons from it's inception, particular highlights were an Owen SMG, Johnson LMG and even an M134 Minigun.