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Pop over to the HMV forum and look at this barn find(s)
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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Pzkpfw-e
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:15 pm
Post subject: Pop over to the HMV forum and look at this barn find(s)

Shocked
hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/sho...nterested!

Already showing an 88 Flak, an HST (M5?) and an M3 halftrack.

"Its a long story but I was 'invited' to a location in Northern France to have a discussion with an eccentric french farmer about finding some parts for a project I have on.

I have been asked not to diclose the location or contact details and I have to respect the chaps views.

Some may know of this 'collection' already - but thought I would share the story and some pictures..

I was escorted by a 'fixer' in france to the owners location. When you arrive its a dismal sight with many wrecked and rotting post war vehicles just laying about. I was told about the collection and given a quick tour of the site.

Basically its an old factory that is just falling down with all the walls bowing, rain running through the floors and everything rotting away. The owner has crammed into it any military vehicle he could find or un earth.

There were a few rotten willys jeeps, a few german motorcycles and side cars, but then interestingly in one room were two 88mm anti tank guns!. Then when I got accustomed to the dark I saw halftracks, lorries a Highspeed tractor (based on the sherman chassis) a Weasel and tons of military surplus - all piled on the floors rotting away. I guess there was at least over 200 vehicles in various conditions of disrepair.

I was proudly shown the munitions room in which (no joke) it was piled high with rusting ammo and with two enormous german aircraft bombs taking centre stage.

One final room held some anotomical dummies with bits missing - this was the last straw for me as in the gloom it looked like real bodies...

I snapped a few pictures and will share here when I manage to get them down to the sixe allowed on the thread.

As I said I can't offer anything more than this interesting picture as the cahp is a little nervous of anyone (especially the French authorities) snooping into the 'collection' as I'm guessing all the guns/ ammo I saw were 'real'...

PS The owner also wittered on about downed aircraft he knows of that are buried in nearby forest - apparently these stories are true, but the type of aircraft are unknown.."
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:48 pm
Post subject: Re: Pop over to the HMV forum and look at this barn find(s)

Hi,

Can't see the pics without a login. Neutral Confused

Quite a story, if it's true...

Chuck

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:35 am
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Worth signing up for, all sorts of stuff pops up there!
Quite a few members here are also members there.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:33 am
Post subject: Re: Pop over to the HMV forum and look at this barn find(s)

Can someone please post them here?
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