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We all appreciate a little bit of history, but one former ambassador took his passion a bit further than the rest of us. Allan Cors spent the last 30 years putting together a collection of over 100 tanks, 9/11 artifacts and other assorted military memorabilia. 

Allan's private collection is on permanent display at the National Museum of Americans in Wartime, located in Nokesville, Virginia, nicknamed Tank Farm. Wait until you see some of the vintage gems Allan has kept over the years. You can also visit the Museum's official website here for more details and information.
 

1) Russian-Made BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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The Soviet Union first produced the BMP-1 in 1970. It features a 73mm main gun and a second mounted machine gun. The tanks are currently used today by Russian, Polish and Chinese military forces.  

2) M4A3 Sherman Tank 

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The model seen here was manufactured between 1942-1945 and was used to accommodate millions of United States infantry during World War II and in the Korean and Vietnam wars. 

3) T-55A Soviet Battle Tank 

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This Soviet-made tank travels at 30 mph (48 km/h) and weighs over 40 tons. Nearly 100,000 of them were produced in the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Poland around 1959. It features armor plating that is 6 inches (15 cm) thick and a gun that fired shells 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. 

4) VW Schwimmwagen Amphibious Vehicle

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The tank seen here is an American-made amphibious vehicle built by GMC during World War II. An amphibious vehicle can travel on land or under water as well. They were primarily used for storming the beaches and during surprise attacks. Not pictured is a propeller hidden behind the last axle in the background.  

5) Wild Honey Gun Truck 

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The gun truck seen here was once used to patrol enemy fields in Vietnam. The three soldiers pictured on the bottom right were reunited with their military vehicle on Tank Day, which is an annual event held in Nokesville, Virginia. The phrase on the back of the vehicle reads "Danger: Do not ride bicycle along side."

6) English DUKW Personnel Helping U.S. Paratroopers 

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This image was taken September 30, 1944 along the Waal River at Nijmegen, near the German border. A British DUKW helped transport U.S. airborne troops safely across the river. DUKW stands for; D (designed in 1942), U (utility), K(all-wheel drive) and W(dual rear axles). 

7) M3A1 Stuart Light Tank

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The M3 Stuart model seen here was produced around 1942 and was fitted with disposable gasoline cans on the back. It had a 70-mile range or 113km and weighed approximately 14 tons. 

8) The M-16 Multiple-Gun Motor Carriage

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The anti-aircraft patrol vehicle seen here could fire off 500 rounds per minute from its powerful machine gun and seat a crew of five without any problems.  

9) FV432 Armored Personnel Carrier 

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The FV432 is part of a series of armored fighting vehicles belonging to the British Army. It was introduced in the 1960's and features a diesel engine with 400hp, and weighs around 10 tons. 

 

10) The Remains of a Squad 252 Fire Engine from 9/11

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There were over 100 NYFD (New York Fire Department) vehicles destroyed in the aftermath of 9/11. The New York Port Authority agreed to deliver this particular model to the National Museum of Americans in Wartime, October 2012. 

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Forget Car Collections, This Guy Collects Tanks!
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Forget Car Collections, This Guy Collects Tanks!
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Forget Car Collections, This Guy Collects Tanks!
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Lieutenant Timothy Higgins and firefighters Tarel Coleman, Peter Langone, Tom Kuveikis, Kevin Prior and Pat Lyons arriving at Ground Zero in Squad 252.  The brave men entered the north tower and never made it out. 

11) Remnants from the World Trade Center

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Pictured is a large chunk of steel from the South Tower of the World Trade Center building, which fell between the 81st and 85th floors, the same section where the United Airlines Flight 175 crashed. 

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I-beams made of 2-inch-thick steel were melted from the force of the impact and turned into pretzel-like shapes. 

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A humungous rectangular chunk of steel had been sliced off diagonally from the World Trade Center building during the attacks. The massive hunk of steel weighs approximately 11,500 pounds or 5,216kg. 

12) The Founder of Tank Farm, Allan Cors 

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Allan spent millions of dollars on his prized collection over the years. The lowest Allan has paid for a tank was $8,000, for the M3 Stuart Light Tank and has never exceeded the $100K mark for any of his tanks.

13) A Destroyed NYFD Emergency Response Vehicle 

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A New York Fire Department emergency responsible vehicle was completely crushed when falling debris from the towers came crumbling down after the planes hit the South Tower. 

 

14) Centurion Tank 

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Israel had used similar models for the 1967 Six Day War, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and during the 1978 and 1982 Lebanon invasions.

15) 68 Panzer Main Battle Tank

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This Swiss-made battle tank was first introduced in 1958 and had reached a total of 390 armored vehicles by 1983. The most impressive feat is the Mercedes-Benz engine. 

16) Honored Veterans Gather for Tank Day 

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17) Blueprints from the Museum 

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The museum plans to develop landscapes to recreate the sights of the historic battlefields. The goal is to help veterans relive their youth and tell their incredible stories to a newer generation. 

18) Reenacting Tank Day

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Military reenactors join each year for Tank Day in Nokesville, Virginia, to relive their youth. The soldier seen here was portrayed by a real-life U.S Army lieutenant colonel. 

19) Allan Cors' Loving Wife, Darleen 

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20) T-72 Soviet Built Tank 

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The T-72 tank featured smoke grenade canisters, a 125mm smoothbore main gun and a top speed of 37mph (60 km/h). The Iraqi Army had used the tank during Operation Desert Storm.  

21) Allan's Collection Also Honors International Tanks 

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22) A LEGO Recreation of the Vietnamese Battlefield

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The museum features an exhibit called Brickmania, which is a mockup of various historical battles as told by pieces of LEGO. 

H/T: dailymail.co.uk & nmaw.org

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