|The museum is built around a Mandate-era fortress|
|Comparative map of the U.S. State of Oregon and Israel|
Another point to note is that at least in January, Israel is fairly lush (though some of this is agriculture). Palm trees are fairly abundant, but other trees are in evidence as well.
|Looking out over the parking lot to the hills to the south of Latrun|
|Money shot of some of the armor used in the 1967 and 1973 wars - photobomed by a Merkava and a few others|
|Example of one of the data cards with Hebrew and English text|
|The pre-World War II H-39 was used during the 1948 War by Israeli forces|
Israel's armored forces, even through the 1970's, relied greatly on foreign produced vehicles - many of which dated back to World War II or in some cases earlier. The Hotchkiss and Cromwell tanks, in addition to Shermans were used in the 1948 war alongside many different types of armored cars (improvised and purpose built).
|Early Shermans at Latrun|
|One of many armored cars on display|
|M50 Sherman with French 75mm high-velocity gun|
|French produced AMX-13 light tank|
|M51 Sherman showing the size of the 105mm gun and muzzle brake|
Michael McSwiney is a long time contributor to Battlefront and Flames of War, miniature painter, model builder, tread head, rivet counter, and general grognard. He maintains his own blog when he isn't building a new house at Miniature Ordnance Review.