Muckleburgh Part Three: Other exhibits

The famous Willys Jeep. The workhorse of the Allied armies during WW2, used for everything from transporting wounded, to carrying supplies.
All photos are reduced files, but can still be clicked on for detail.

An American half-track personnel carrier and support vehicle. They could be adapted to carry larger guns, and also for use as anti-aircraft gun platforms. One of the most widely-used vehicles of WW2.

British Rapier anti-aircraft missile delivery system. Since 1971, this has been the primary anti-aircraft weapon used by the UK, and remains so to this day.

A Hawker Siddely Harrier aircraft. Developed in Britain, and also used by many other countries. This was famous as the ‘Jump-Jet’ fighter-bomber, from its capability to take off and land vertically. It was used on land and at sea, and saw service in the Falklands War against Argentina.

The infamous German V-1 jet-propelled bomb, and a Royal Air Force radar installation behind.
Developed during WW2, this was launched from bases in northern Europe, and targeted against London from 1944. A simple device, it carried just enough fuel for the short journey to Britain’s capital. When that ran out, the bomb would drop out of the sky, with a devastating impact on anything below. Also known as ‘The Flying Bomb’, or ‘Doodlebug’, the appearance of these in the sky would terrify Londoners, due to the random nature of the eventual target.

I hope that you enjoyed these posts about one of my local museums. There will be others to come, featuring different places.


35 thoughts on “Muckleburgh Part Three: Other exhibits

  1. These Military posts brought back many memories of living on a Military base for many years. We would see the tanks rolling in only after the vibrations were felt through our bodies. These are by no means stealth .. You can feel their massive size just like you can feel a train coming down the tracks before you even see it… Great post my dear friend, my late husband would have loved looking at these past few days of post you’ve made here.. He would have said, “Well done to you…”

    Take care, Laura


      1. Pete, I am finding my mornings when I can sit back on the computer with my coffee beside me and go through the posts that I’ve missed in the week such a delight for me. I must admit to you though…..

        When I was a better reader of your daily posts, I found myself wanting more each day.. But, now doing the many illustrations for my short story has kept me knuckled down to the Pen Tablet I have to have a morning set aside just for your wonderful posts. I love this time of the week and perhaps I’ll continue setting that special time for a weeks worth of your thoughts to go with my coffee. It’s like I’ve come to visit and stayed a while, while listening to what you have to say.. Yes, I’m a little strange, but That’s A Me πŸ™‚
        Take care and have a most peaceful mid afternoon … Laura


  2. The half-track personnel carrier is a really cool vehicle.
    When I was a kid, I had an extra large diecast Willys jeep (made by Tonka, I think), and I played with it a lot, even though the scale made my toy soldiers look way too tiny by comparison.
    I have to say that I am impressed by the museum. I suppose the military vehicles could benefit from better housing and more ample display space, but it seems to me that the museum is quite adequate, and that it serves its primary purpose quite well.
    I’m really enjoying these great photos!


    1. Thanks, David. I am pleased that you enjoyed this series, which has now come to a close. The museum does its best, that’s for sure. Just a little more thought, and better use of available space, and it could well become a ‘must-see’.
      Best wishes, Pete.


      1. 20MILES IN 30 MINUTES!! In my city travelling 20miles will easily take more than an hour due to huge amount of traffic on roads. India is quite an overpopulated nation you see


    1. Thanks, Kim. I am pleased that your husband could enjoy them too! Quite a few American connections in there for you lot across the pond. More history to come, but less military, more architectural.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. It does have many interesting exhibits, GP. Sad that it doesn’t have the funding to display them better though. Nonetheless, I am very pleased that you enjoyed these three posts, as I knew you would be interested in the vehicles and guns.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. History needs to learned about and more people should visit these museums. War is not something to be romanticized or ignored, as you well know, but learned and feared.


  3. I’ve always fancied a Willys jeep, just what we need around here for the winter.
    Interesting to know that the Rapier is still in service. Some great pics and info, you have saved me Β£11 πŸ™‚


        1. I just remembered that my Dad once had a new Lada 1200 saloon in 1975. It was a copy of a Fiat 124, and looked the same, until you got in it! But it was half the price of a basic Ford escort, so cheap motoring.


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