The collection

Friday 19 December 2008
by Bertrand

Formed initially from Second World War tanks which had been accumulating since 1950 at the AMX factory in Satory, the collection of armoured vehicles assembled in Saumur today numbers 880 vehicles of which almost 200 are in complete working order.

For 80 years, armoured vehicles have formed the spearhead of the modern army. The museum traces their birth, their history, their technical evolution throughout the world from 1917 until today.

The museum contains examples of the most important armoured vehicles from the principal industrialised countries: France, USA, Germany, UK, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Israel, Brazil, countries from the former USSR…

In its entirety, the exhibition constitutes the most complete collection of armoured vehicles in the world, both for the number of vehicles and for the continuous historic panorama exhibited, beginning with the appearance of the tank on the battlefield.

With a few rare exceptions, there is an example of each prototype to have undergone trials and each type of armoured vehicle used by the French Army since 1917.


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