Authors: Brenthos and Mich_TATEJlb (EU server)
Note: This is an article about a tank museum located in Israel, and thus, contains information regarding the Israeli armed forces and their history, as displayed there. The writers are Israeli, and, though doing their best to present the information in a historically objective manner, cannot change their life perspective. If such information may be offensive to you, please consider those facts before reading the article. If you still wish to read it, please bear in mind that sarcasm and black humor are mandatory characteristic of all Israelis.
Being Israeli residents that also play World of Tanks, and have wide interest in military history in general, quickly enough led us to go to the nearest place where we could see as much tanks as we could.
No, not Gaza Strip.
We went to the tank museum in Latrun instead. We have been there before, but we wanted to know more, learn something new and interesting, so we contacted the museum to ask for a VIP tour. We told them we play a tank game on the computer, and got connected to the whole subject of tanks. After a few days, we received a call from Michael Mass, the vice-manager of the association that runs the museum. He was brief: “The answer is yes. You wrote a serious request, and I’ll be more than happy to fulfill your curiosity.” Here is the place to say, that the date was set in the beginning of June, and in no way is connected to the currently going fighting in Gaza and southern Israel. Though, we did have to run to the shelter once during our visit.
Anyway, here is a “short” summary of the interesting information we have gathered there, expanded with some historically relevant information we were directed to, from Wikipedia in Hebrew.
View of the Latrun police building and the memorial wall from one of the tanks on display. The Sherman on the tower that became the recognition sign of the museum can be seen on the right.
View from the balcony on the roof of the police building. The Merkava display is on the right.