My trip to the West Point museum (with photos of WW1 and WW2 weapons, vehicles, etc) -1 reply

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Hello FH community, This post shows some of the highlights of my recent trip to the West Point museum. They really have tons of stuff there, though I was disappointed with the amount of WW2 Airforce stuff, since of course the Airforce was part of the Army back then. Before I started with FH (and BF1942) I was already very interested in WW2, though in a sortof lazy way, in that I didn't do specific research on all the melee guns and tanks, though maybe I was somewhat familiar with ships and submarines, thanks to long hours playing SubBattle on my old Macintosh SE. While I was in NY state I decided I wanted to visit the West Point museum because I was inspired by FH. For the most part, these pictures are of WW2 items, and a lot of these things appear in the game. I hope that this isn't too off topic, but I figure maybe this will help pass the time for you all until .65 is released. Even though this thread starts out slightly off-topic, there are 2 reasons why I put it in this forum in particular: many more people will see it, and I figure there may be some game-related discussions that will spin off of it. There were actually quite a few things I didn't take pictures that now I wish I had... like, I believe, the Japanese surrender documents and gift katanas, a gold-plated small gun given to Hitler, another crazy WW1 tank mask that actually made things worse for you if you were hit with shrapnel (the metal slats covering the eyes, instead of protecting them, upon being hit would actually be propelled into the eyes... ouch!), tons of other guns (I thought I had shot a picture of a Thompson, but I can't seem to find it), plus lots of weapons from other eras, from the stoneage all the way up to the present day, including lots of medieval weaponry. Please forgive any mistakes I make in identifying the objects in the photos... All the photos were taken with a Canon G3 4MP camera at full resolution and minimum compression. I usually did not use flash because of reflection, so I frequently had to increase the ISO (and therefore noise), or hold the camera very, very still. I have obviously shrank and compressed these photos, and in some cases cropped the main subject out. I have higher resolution versions of these if anybody really wants them. This is my first time using Photobucket... I hope I don't use up all my BW with this post! I hope you enjoy these pictures! :Popcorn: I will number the photos for easier reference in the thread. 1. Sten Sten1b.jpg 2. BAR BAR1b.jpg 3. FG42 gun1b.jpg 4. MG42, with a gatling in front of it ( :???: ) mg42.jpg 5. cool looking WW1 tank mask (read the placard for more info) ww1tankmask.jpg 6. For those of you who play BF1918, pretty cool! It said it was a Renault tank. ww1tank.jpg 7. More of the WW1 tank ww1tank3.jpg 8. More of the WW1 tank ww1tank2.jpg 9. Assorted vehicles vehicles.jpg 10. A venerable jeep jeep.jpg 11. Some sort of Sherman parked outside the museum tank2.jpg 12. Treads and wheels tank5.jpg 13. Closeup of "tire" - it says Goodyear! Goodyeartanktire.jpg 14. More of the Sherman tank6.jpg 15. More of the Sherman tank4.jpg 16. More of the Sherman tank3.jpg 17. More of the Sherman tank1.jpg 18. Bazookas bazooka.jpg 19. Different angle for Bazookas baznooka2.jpg 20. Various antitank antitank1.jpg 21. Japanese antitank mine (I assume it's the thing in the middle, not sure what is below it, and the handgrenade-looking thing neither) antitank2.jpg 22. Closeup of Japanese antitank mine japaneseantitankmine.jpg 23. Panzerfaust 60 closeup Panzerfaust60.jpg 24. Wow! thick armor pierced by an armor piercing shell... sorry that the text is hard to read. I'll try to look at the original and figure out what it says on how big the shell is and how thick the armor is. armorshellshrink.jpg 25. Is this the same antitank rifle that's used in the early war maps? antitankrifleb.jpg




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#2 14 years ago

This is the wrong forum, bit i'm in doubt wether to move it or not...

wow, that are some nice pics. Espeicially the pics of anti tank weapons (Panzerfaust 60!) are really nice. Did the museum had some nice action diaromas (large with human sized figures etc or small -scaled-) too? Most museums have, althought they are not all as intresting. Do you have nore pics (of german weapons in particallar)?

I bet that you had a great time visiting the museum!




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#3 14 years ago

who wouldnt




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#4 14 years ago

those are all the pics I have, aside from a few rejects... :( we were in a bit of a hurry: the wife wasn't quite as interested as me and we had to get back to NYC.

They actually DID have action diaramas! famous battles throughout history, but some were better than others. I don't remember too many WW2 diaramas. I did see one with some german tanks, but it wasn't a good one at all.

They had uniformed manequins, but nothing like action mockups...

TONS of melee weapons... I just didn't know enough about them to be able to pick out any more.




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#5 14 years ago

1. brenmk2 2. looks like you missed the watercooled .30 I crave.. 3. notice the bayonet.. 4. maxim 1910 6. FT-17, used in WW2 also 11. No idea 20. yep, propably most common japanese infantry at weapon, not so effective though. 25. British Boys at rifle, not in any maps yet. I wonder what that other anti tank rifle is? Could be a german 8mm ww1 type




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#6 14 years ago

anybody know what kind of sherman that is?




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#7 14 years ago

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#8 14 years ago

Nice pics nice to look at :) The caption says it was a US 75mm armour piercing shell partially penetrated 3inches of armour




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#9 14 years ago

indeed




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#10 14 years ago

Nice pics mate! By the way thats a Bazooka above a Panzerschrek, not two Bazookas. Moses