|V2 Rocket, IWM, London|
Vergeltungswaffe - Retaliation Weapons
The American Conservative tour of London continues with an essential stop at the Imperial War Museum (http://www.iwm.org.uk/) on Lambeth road in South London.
Leon Trotsky famously said, "You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you". You may not be interested in visiting the Imperial War Museum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_War_Museum), but even if you are a pacifist who despises all forms of Imperialism and colonialism you can still learn much from this museum.
|The Real Bridge on the River Kwai|
Outside of the museum you will be welcomed by a pair of huge 15 " naval guns from the HMS Ramilles and HMS Roberts.
|15" Naval Guns at IWM, London|
In the nearby garden you will find a memorial to the 26.6 million of Soviet soldiers and citizens that perished in World War II (see earlier post Moscow's 65th Anniversary May Day Parade). Recall also that 4 out of 5 German soldiers killed during World War II died on the Eastern front.
|"We Shall Remember Them"|
|Sherman Tank, IWM, London|
The IWM London is, in fact, part of a family of 5 major UK military museums -- IWM London, IWM Churchill War Rooms (formerly Cabinet War Rooms), IWM Duxford, IWM HMS Belfast and IWM Manchester. I have written earlier about the "Churchill War Rooms" (see earlier post, Churchill War Rooms, 2/12/12) and also Duxford (see earlier post, Duxford and...George Carlin, 4/30/12). The HMS Belfast battlecruiser, moored in the Thames, was used to sink the Bismarck in 1941 and fired its big guns in support of the D-day landings on June 6, 1944.
|"Their Finest hour" RAF Hurricane, IWM, London|
|British 8th Army, Armored Car, IWM London|
|"Big Beautiful Doll", USAAF P-51 Mustang|
(See earlier post, Tommy Hitchcock and the P-51, 6/27/12)
|Cecil Beaton's London Blitz Victim, 1940|
Used in Life Magazine cover, IWM London
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