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Sherman up for auction?....
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:10 pm
Post subject: Sherman up for auction?....

The following arrived in my e-mail from another site I checked out long ago before devoting my attention here full time. Thought some of you might find it interesting.

It looks like the French museum, Musée de la Poche de Royan 1944/1945 , closed it's doors on September 30, 2007. Amongst all of the items going to auction is a Sherman. Looking at the few pictures I could find I think it is a M4A1 with the cast rounded hull.

Pictures can be found at:
www.monde-magouilles.c...eroyan.php
www.monde-magouilles.c...dex02.html

and the auction company that is selling the entire museum is:
www.hermann-historica.com/

Looks like the auction might be in April, 2008.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:52 pm
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Yes, it is a M4A1(76) named "Osthouse" (French village in Eastern France). From the few info I got in 10 minutes, it seems that this particular tank that was exposed at the Musée de la poche de Royan was found under a road, and was identified as being the Osthouse, hit in April 1945 in the area. Hovever, there are several differences between the original M4A1 Osthouse and this tank :

http://www.chars-francais.net/new/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1016





I got the chance to visit this museum in 2002, it has a high quality collection and I'm very angry that it will be closed and the collection sold and seperated. That was really a great museum to visit with rare items.

Pierre-Olivier

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:58 am
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- the_shadock
I got the chance to visit this museum in 2002, it has a high quality collection and I'm very angry that it will be closed and the collection sold and seperated. That was really a great museum to visit with rare items.


Can you tell us why the museum closed? (my french is rather crappy!)

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:28 pm
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The reason(s) why the museum is for sale is/are not clearly explained in the documents..

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