Historical and modern military equipment parade catches the attention of thousands

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

More than 25 thousand visitors marvelled at tanks and other equipment displayed at the Military History Institute’s 14th Tank Day exhibition and military parade held at the Technical Museum in Lesany on 27th August.

Under the scorching sun, the spectators were able to see all five different types of tanks which were manufactured by the Czechoslovak defence industry between WWI and WWII. The Institute had acquired some of these tanks from historical collections being stored around the world, as exporting these tanks during this period proved to be very successful.

The intention was to demonstrate the tanks in motion, and this was achieved by driving the tanks and other vehicles just metres from the spectators.

Visitors could also admire other historical tanks such as the Soviet T-34, T-55, IS-122, the American M-36 Jackson fighter tank, the American post-war M-48 and M-60 tanks, the Israeli Merkava tank, and the Czechoslovak and Czech T-72 tanks in their original and modernised versions.

The 14th Tank Day show culminated in the grand finale of a WW2 demonstration, where the Czech and foreign military history clubs presented simulated battle scenes between American, Czechoslovak and Soviet soldiers and Nazi invaders.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

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August 31, 2016