WW II Armor

WW II Armor

Article & photos by Cowboy

 

It was a clear Saturday afternoon when I entered the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. It was as if I passed through a time warp. I approached the parking area and was greeted by a group of World War II Allied Soldiers, who were manning a check point. They asked me if I was the new photographer and then pointed me in the direction of the encampment at the bottom of the hill. As I entered the area various armored vehicles were being prepared for battle. An M4 Sherman Tank, M16 Quad Halftrack, M3A1 Scout Car with mounted machine gun, and various Troop Carriers were being prepped for an all-out assault on an enemy machine gun nest/bunker in the French countryside. Talk about an awesome array of HP/Firepower. With President, Franklin D. Roosevelt on site to offer some words of encouragement to our Allied Soldiers, everyone mounted up as these magnificent machines roared to life and began Rolling towards their targets! As the battle began, I hit the ground snapping away as all this was going on around me. When the shooting stopped and the smoke began to clear, the enemy soldiers surrendered their stronghold and the Allied Medics went into action, treating the wounded of both sides.

This re-enactment was created by the members of the Museum of American Armor. The Village Restoration is a place on LI where history comes alive! The armor used in this encounter is only a part of what awaits visitors at this unique piece of history. All of the armored & military vehicles, and even a few military motorcycles on display at the museum are all OPERATIONAL! Re-enactments, such as this take place at various times of the year along with many other special events. It’s an impressive place to visit and fun for the entire family.

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