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Corsairfoxfouruncle

Photo’s of the 1st Infantry Division Museum Armor

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Hello Everybody ... Im normally an Airplane guy but I had a chance to go to a Museum here in Chicago today. Well actually the Suburbs in Wheaton. Its called Cantigny after the place in France. Its the private estate of Col. Robert  McCormick who commanded a portion of the 1st Infantry Division ( Big Red One) in WW1.

       He built an entire museum devoted to the 1st Inf. Div. There are about 15 tanks ranging from WW1 to the modern M1 Abrams in the tank park. I photographed everything and am placing it here for anyone and everyone that might possibly need or have use of the imagery. @Julien may use these for the walk around section if he pleases. There are 50 photos spread across the whole lot. I apologize in advance as i only have the cell camera. My 35mm still needs a special battery. The tank park also has a lot of children crawling all over tanks so try to ignore them. I cropped as much of them out as possible. 

       We start with the M1917 tank. 

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I apologize but i think this is a St. Chamond type please correct me if im wrong. Its hard to tell from the photo’s but the museum visitor is standing in a replica of a WW1 trench here. The St. Chamond is actually about 10’ feet higher than the trench depth. So you are looking up at it. I imagine its on a framework behind the trench wall to support it.  

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M5 Stuart

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M24 Chaffee

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M46

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M41 Walker Bulldog

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M47 Patton

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M48 Patton

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M551 Sheridan

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M113

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M60 Patton

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M1 Abrams

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I truly hope this helps anyone please have a great day. Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, or tell jokes.

 

Dennis Brown

 

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Nice! I keep meaning to make it down there, but it's a long haul from the north burbs.

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As a responsible father it is your duty to ensure young Winston encounters tanks as soon as humanly possible.....It's a crucial part of a boys development.  :D

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23 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

As a responsible father it is your duty to ensure young Winston encounters tanks as soon as humanly possible.....It's a crucial part of a boys development.  :D

I've tried several times so far, but he currently regards them as a less interesting form of tractor.

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Great photos, thank you for posting them.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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6 hours ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

Have you explained about their guns yet?  :wicked:

 

 

As yet he doesn't know anything about guns, but we live in the USA, so one way or another, he'll learn.

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Hey guys ☹️ @Sgt.Squarehead & @Procopius I just put the photo’s on to help any/everyone. I didn't want to start a gun debate. Please leave that alone as I consider you both good acquaintances if not friends here on the forum. Id rather not see a fight start over this. 

 

Dennis

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2 minutes ago, Sgt.Squarehead said:

PC and I.....Fighting?  :o

 

Pretty confident that ain't gonna happen.  ;)

It's true, I have very weak arms.

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 A great collection of images. Thanks for sharing with us. 

 

I'm a little suprised that the Museum let's folk climb all over the tanks - the potential for accidents and subsequent litigation seems very high. 

 

Cheers.

 

Chris.  

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3 hours ago, spruecutter96 said:

the potential for accidents and subsequent litigation seems very high. 

I do agree with that as a member of my own family got hurt bad sliding down the glacis of one of these tanks 30 years ago. The ground around these tanks is cushioned to a depth of 6-8 inches. They use the same recycled chewed up tires taken from cars, much like every playground here in the states are using ? Im sure people do fall off but for some reason, as far as im aware the museum has never been sued. Maybe its understood that its a climb at your own risk situation ? 

 

Dennis

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I'm glad that no-one has ever sued the museum. In my (very) humble opinion, if parents are happy to allow their kids to clamber all over the exhibits, then they should also take responsibility for any accidents that may occur. 

 

Chris. 

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