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Museum Review-The Parola Armour Museum, Finland


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Community #1 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:29 PM

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The_ Challenger visits the Parola Armour Museum in Finland

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Denton_0451 #2 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

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Erm, you forgot one hooked cross on the T-50.

Rocksnake #3 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:37 PM

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I hope that now people will understand that finnish "hakaristi" (hooked cross) and nazi cross are totaly different signs  :smile:

itmo #4 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:38 PM

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actually he missed two "hakaristi" on the t50, the otherone on the turret has paint damage. Also the picture collection was really quite small, missing most of the german iron and anti-tank collection.

itmo #5 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:39 PM

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They for example have I think a few workign stugs, atleast one working t34, one t55? or 54. and whatnot.

Fang89 #6 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:40 PM

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Hooked cross has been here for thousands of years, not used just by Budhists, Hinduists, in Europe too, back when we didn't know who the hell was Jesus and just worshipped ale and mead, uh I mean pagan gods and stuff :D

itmo #7 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:42 PM

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Most of the wartime stuff in that museum is "second hand" , ie. captured from the russians or bought from european leftovers. BT-42 is a bt-7 i think combined with a custom(?) turret with a 114mm british? howitzer.


here's a linky to the wikipediapage which contains nice summertime parola pictures of the hakaristi-equipped bt-42

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT-42

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supercharge #8 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:48 PM

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We hope you like the article and pictures taken by The_Challenger  :smile:  Parola Tank Museum is an interesting place to visit. They also have a rare exhibit of armoured trains used in WWII.

Lidin #9 Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:52 PM

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Very cool  :great:

Tuna78 #10 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:01 PM

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Great to see that someone did have to courage to come here during winter. At the summertime the Parola museum is a much nicer place to visit, but I admit it's a pity that some very rare vehicles are kept outside all the year rusting. The report really is just a scratch of the collection so if you have the change do visit the place. it's not very big but there are lot's of stuff you really can't see anywhere else. Also lot's of the vehicles are in running condition.

One thing I have to nitpick though. The ZSU-57-2 wasn't upgraded to anything. Instead we bought some used T-55AM chassis from Poland and fitted them with the British Marksman turrets. The ZSU's were retired at the same time.

SiNiNeN #11 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:02 PM

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And near the museum is located Finnish Defence Forces Tank Regiment where i was serving my own tour of duty :) There u can see the real soldiers and tanks at train they skills.So if u go at the museum u should drive by the garrison. There is good chance see "soldiers at work"

Cobra6 #12 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:04 PM

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Shame that these museums always let these tanks rust =/

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View PostCobra6, on 17 April 2013 - 05:04 PM, said:

Shame that these museums always let these tanks rust =/

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It is mostly a monetary issue. Not enough cash to build enough halls to get them under roof.

Cobra6 #14 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

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View PostTuna78, on 17 April 2013 - 05:05 PM, said:

It is mostly a monetary issue. Not enough cash to build enough halls to get them under roof.

You'd expect a government to support (cultural) heritage in museums, not to let it rust. Makes me so angry sometimes if you see how rare these vehicles are and they just rust away.

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itmo #15 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

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It think they have 5 times more stuff than they can put in the display halls and the halls are so jam packed you can barely walk in between the stuff. Same thing goes for the finnish artillery museum nearby in hämeenlinna, AA-museum in tuusula and aviation museums in tikkakoski and vantaa. They basically have ww2 airplanes rotting outside because they lack halls.

laama #16 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:09 PM

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As a finn I have to like this  :honoring:
Now while I'm here, I'm going to advertise my thread with pics from Parola.

TohtoriP #17 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:18 PM

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There is a mistake in one of the picture texts.

"BT tanks were deployed on the Russian Front against Finland both in the Winter War (1939-40) and in the Continuation War (1941-44). They were armed with a 114 mm cannon, andtthe Museum houses the last remaining one (511-8)."

BT tanks were indeeed deployed against Finland 1939-1944 but this particular BT-42 was a finnish design (unsuccesful) with the 114mm Howitzer. The russian versions were armed with the regular 45mm gun.

itmo #18 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:24 PM

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oh and there's also a t72 turret with test shot penetrations from i think a leopard cannon.

IhmisLoinen #19 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:24 PM

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And to Challenger also, there is a  kevätsavutus - spring smokefest(?) in may day.

These great machines come to life that day..

The_Challenger #20 Posted 17 April 2013 - 05:51 PM

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Hi guys apologies away at the moment  i phone from airport lounge !. This collection is fantastic no doubt of that , unfortunately as you can see the weather was pretty bad and i was unable to get all the photos I would have liked.
But I hope it gives you an idea of what they have  :smile:

Edited by The_Challenger, 19 April 2013 - 09:28 PM.





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