The history of tanks dates back to the First World War, the first being the British Mark I of 1916.
In response to the British tanks, Germany began to develop its first tank, the Sturmpanzerwagen A7V, in 1917. It was a steel mass weighing 31 tons and 7 meters long, and its main armament was a 57 mm cannon. That was the beginning of a long succession of German tanks that had its peak in World War II, during which these armored vehicles were the basis of the strategic doctrine known as "Blitzkrieg" (lightning war). .
In 1983 a tank museum was created in Munster, Lower Saxony, with the collection of the Panzertruppenschule, the German Army's training school for officers and non-commissioned officers of armored units. Currently, the museum brings together armored vehicles from different countries, from the two world wars and the Cold War. The oldest of all their vehicles is a World War I Daimler DZVR 21 armored truck, the only remaining vehicle of this model today.
The museum also has a Sturmpanzerwagen A7V, nicknamed "Wotan", but it is a replica, as the only surviving original A7V, nicknamed "Mephisto", is in a museum in Australia.
A Panzer IV Ausf. WWII G, nicknamed "Friederike" and preserved in the colors of the Afrika Korps.
A Panzer V Panther Ausf. A of World War II. It was a command tank that was rescued by a Swedish delegation in France in 1946.
A Soviet T-34/76 tank. It was the most numerous tank of the Second World War: more than 84,000 were manufactured, a figure surpassed after the war by another Soviet tank, the T-55, with 95,000 units.
Among the modern tanks in the museum is this Leopard 2A4, which belonged to the German Army, being operated by the 334th Tank Battalion.
In addition to tanks, the museum also has other armored vehicles, such as this Marder infantry fighting vehicle that belonged to the German Army.
One of the most recent additions to the museum is this MGM-52 Lance, a missile launch vehicle of American origin. The German Army had 26 vehicles divided into 4 artillery battalions.
If you want more information about this museum, you can visit its website: daspanzermuseum.de. It should be noted that this museum restores its vehicles and keeps them in operation, holding exhibitions from time to time, so when you visit it you can find an excellent spectacle. Here you can see a video of the museum itself showing its facilities:
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