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Military museum gains unique five Czechoslovak tanks

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Lesany, Central Bohemia, Aug 27 (CTK) – Some 25,000 visitors could see the unveiling of a unique collection of five tanks manufactured in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s during the Tank Day on Saturday, Andrej Halada, from the Military Technical Museum, has told journalists.

“It culminated with the show of the five tanks which were riding on a concrete road just before the audience,” Halada said.

The collection included an LTH tank Czechoslovakia was exporting to Switzerland, Peru and Iran and whose licence it also sold to Sweden at the time.

The Military History Institute in Prague gained it to its collection from the Central Office of Historical Materiel of the Swiss Military, specifically from the Burgdorf military museum, this summer.

This year, there was the 14th Tank Day, staged by the Military Technical Museum, part of the Military History Institute in Prague.

In the area near the museum, there was a show of both historical and modern tank equipment, from the 1930s on until present.

A Mi-24 combat helicopter flew over the area and there was also re-enactment of the World War Two fighting between the German and Soviet militaries as well as German and U.S. militaries.

Over 100 volunteers took part in the event.

The show presented 20 pieces of tanks and related equipment, not only from World War Two, but there was also a modernised version of the T-72 tank.

When it comes to modern weapons, the Tatra Trucks company unveiled its upgraded Dana M1M, a self-propelled gun howitzer.

The Czech military is still using its older model Dana 77. It announced recently its intention to modernise roughly 50 of them by 2020.

The Military Technical Museum was opened in the former artillery barracks in Lesany in 1996. In ten halls and the surrounding areas, it presents hundreds of tanks, cannons, motorcycles, lorries and armoured personnel carriers.

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