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Published February 1st 2017
Military History On Show
The Australian Army Tank Museum housed at Puckapunyal's Hopkins Barracks preserves and exhibits an incredible range of artefacts and memorabilia promoting the history of Australian cavalry units from the early days of the Light Horse to the present day technology of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps.
The Army Tank Museum is housed within the Puckapunyal Military Area, a working military base. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Throughout their history, these units have served in the Boer War, World Wars 1 and 2, Vietnam and Afghanistan as well as peace keepers in Somalia & Rwanda and as part of INTERFET, the international force responsible for liberation of East Timor.
The range of fighting vehicles on display at the Army Tank Museum provide a great insight into the evolution of tank warfare. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The more than 70 fighting vehicles and artillery pieces on display are undoubtedly a highlight featuring an example of most of the armoured vehicles operated by Australia as well as examples of American, British and even Chinese battle tanks and specialised vehicles.
Two indoor galleries display a wealth of information, artefacts and memorabilia relevant to all of Australia's cavalry and armoured units.
This colorful German World War 1 artillery piece is one of a number of field guns in the museums collection. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The Royal Australian Armoured Corps Memorial and Army Tank Museum provides a compelling insight into what it must have been like to go to war in a big, difficult to manoeuvre and relatively slow armoured metal box, a very gutsy effort if you ask me.
Tanks of all shapes and sizes make up the collection at the Puckapunyal Army Tank Museum including American, British and even Chinese vehicles. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 5 PM and on the last weekend of each month, on all Victorian Public Holiday weekends (Sat, Sun & Mon), the Easter long weekend and Victorian School Holidays commencing on the first Sunday of the holidays from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Closed ANZAC Day, December 15th to January 1st and August 2nd to 18th.
The Regimental insignia of the Royal Australian Armoured Corp. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Cost of entry is $20 for a family, $8.50 for Adults, $6.50 Children and $6 concession.
Note: Photo ID is required for entry to the Puckapunyal Military Area (driver only)
The proud traditions of the Australian Light Horse continue in our modern army. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Why? Get an insight into life in Australia's Light Horse and Armoured units and the conflicts in which they have served.
When:Open Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 5 PM and on the last weekend of each month, on all Victoria Public Holiday weekends (Sat, Sun & Mon), the Easter long weekend and Victorian School Holidays commencing on the first Sunday of the holidays from 10 AM to 4