Someone passed me these images recently. I was impressed. They originate from this person here, named “Dorothy“, and it’s called the Casualties of War Boxed set. Four plastic figures sculpted in a fashion evocative of the plastic army men of my childhood, only with a darker side– one soldier is frozen in the act of suicide, another is begging on the street, another is an amputee in a wheelchair.
Sadly, beneath the tragicomic imagery, there exists a real problem. Don’t get the wrong idea. I don’t consider the problems faced by returning soldiers to be remotely amusing. However, I wonder if kids had little green army men like this in their toy chests, would we be willing to embrace the idea of a war so readily?
Images: originally on LET’S PLAY ARMY MEN
I was up at the Aberdeen Proving Ground today on business and was delighted to see several armor and ordinance museum pieces out in a field. I cajoled my colleagues into letting me take a VERY quick run through the field to take some pictures on the way home. Sadly I was pressed for time if we were going to beat the traffic, I didn’t have a real camera (just my Ipad 2) and the shooting conditions were awful… a steady drizzling downpour that was supposed to be turning into snow (and didn’t, thankfully). Because of the glare from the light and the rain, I didn’t realize my big fat thumb had ruined a few of these, but that’s life. I edited my finger out of the least egregious offenders so that explains the odd shape of some of these pictures. They are far from good quality, but they will have to do.. I won’t have another chance for a while. So, without further ado, some assorted arms and armor pictures from Aberdeen:
There are about 4 dozen mixed armored vehicles left from a variety of historical eras at Aberdeen in the museum field. There are many open pads, indicating that they have been moved to Fort Lee, Virginia. Most of the ones left are not tanks in the true sense, they are primarily tank hunter SP guns and Assault guns. There are also many excellent examples of towed ordinance and even what appears to be a railroad gun. The condition is pretty deplorable, much rust and paint chipping off. Some tanks, notably a couple of vintage Shermans and a few modern era German vehicles, are in much better shape. The Armor museum building itself appears to be open, but I did not have time to investigate. I was literally the lone history nut in a car full of people whose prime concern was beating the traffic back to Fort Belvoir, so taking a bunch of pictures on a dead run in the rain was about all I could do.
The rest of the images can be found HERE IN SLIDESHOW FORMAT, or as smaller images in the embedded slideshow below. I’ll be back in a couple months, with a real camera, and hopefully better lighting conditions next time round and more time to sort out the images and walk around the entire museum field.
According to Wikipedia, the following pieces remain at Aberdeen:
Tanks and Self-Propelled Artillery
- British World War I Mark IV Female tank
- British World War I Medium Mark A Whippet tank
- British interwar Vickers Medium Mark II tank
- British World War II Infantry Tank Mk II, “Matilda II” (A12)
- German World War II Panzer III tank
- German World War II Panther tank (one)
- German World War II Sturmpanzer IV Brummbär
- German World War II Tank destroyer “Jagdtiger”
- German World War II Tank destroyer SdKfz 164 “Nashorn”
- German World War II Tank destroyer Marder III
- German World War II Grille Ausf. M Self-Propelled Artillery
- German/US MBT-70
- Italian tank destroyer, Semovente 90/53
- Italian tank destroyer, Semovente da 149/40
- Italian World War II medium tank; Fiat M13/40
- Japanese Pre-World War II medium tank Type 94 tankette
- Japanese World War II Tank Type 95 Ha-Go
- Japanese World War II Tank Destroyer Type 1 Ho-Ni I
- US World War II M4A4 Sherman Medium Tank
- US World War II M20 Armored Utility Car
- US M60 Patton tank
- US T92 Light Tank
- German Krupp K5 Railway gun “Leopold” (one of the “Anzio Annie” twins)
- German World War II 12.8 cm FlaK 40 Zwilling anti-aircraft gun
- German World War II 8.8 cm Flak 36 anti-aircraft gun
- German World War II 8.8 cm Flak 41 anti-aircraft gun
- Soviet World War II 152 mm howitzer-gun M1937 (ML-20)
- US 105 mm M2A1 Howitzer
- US 120 mm M1 gun
- US 155 mm Long Tom Field Gun
- US 280 mm Field Gun M65 Atomic Cannon
- US 16-Inch Coast Defense Gun
- “T12” the largest conventional bomb ever built (U.S. 44,000 lb (20,000 kg) bomb), before moving it stood outside the front entrance to the museum building.