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Sturmpanzerwagen in Australia.
Sturmpanzerwagen: situated at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane. This is the only surviving example of an A7V Sturmpanzerwagen (loosely translated as Storm Armour Vehicle) #506 of only 20 built. There is one other example in existence - it is a replica built in the 1980's(?) by the Germans after studying this example. By all accounts they did a very good job and, unlike this example, their example is complete.
Until a few years back this Sturmpanzerwagen was on outside display (admittedly under cover). I am told that it is now inside although no restoration has taken place.
It has always astounded me that the Queensland Museum did not take the opportunity of getting the Germans to make/supply the parts this one is missing whilst they were producing their replica. I have heard that their reasoning is that the Queensland Museum's example would no longer be original. So, instead, they have a mostly gutted wreck.
Sturmpanzerwagen in Germany.
This photo is of "Wotan" the replica built by the Panzermuseum at Munster. The replica was built from 1987 to 1990 and by all accounts is of very good quality and authenticity . The tank is called "WOTAN". Wotan is the chief of the teutonic gods.
I cannot understand why the Queensland Museum did not take the opportunity and get the Germans to manufacture the parts that their A7V was missing, as at the time the Germans had to "tool up" to make their vehicle it would not have taken much more effort to make a second set of parts.
For anyone who may want to go and see the Panzermuseum, make sure you get the right "Munster" as there are 2 in Germany and the one you want is the smaller.
Tel.: +49 5192 2552 (During operating hours)
Tel.: +49 5192 130240 (other times)
March - April: Friday - Sunday 13:00 - 17:00 o'clock
May - October: Wednesday - Sunday 13:00 - 17:00 o'clock
November - December Friday - Sunday 13:00 - 17:00 o'clock
January - February closed.
These operating hours are from an older museums brochure. Give them a telephone call for more details.
Please note: The town where the Panzermuseum is located is called Munster (without two dots on the letter u). This is a small town north of Hannover. In Germany there is also the town of Münster. Münster or Muenster is a bigger town 200 km west of Munster.
Received from John Harris (http://www.ukmilmod.force9.co.uk) March 1999
Regarding the A7V, I understand the Germans wanted to build a 'batch' of replicas when they built theirs, and in fact touted the idea around several museums, including Bovington, but the cost was too much and in the end they only built the one. A number of these monsters (A7Vs) survived the war and were displayed at the original site of the IWM, the Crystal Palace, but were deemed too big for the museum's new home (Bedlam in Lambeth) and were cut-up in the twenties. I suppose seventy years hence you might ask why one was not sent to Bovington in Dorset, since the collection had started by then......
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