Rare tank transporter now on display at Museum of American Armor
The Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration has announced the arrival of a World War II era “Dragon Wagon,” a rare tank transporter whose massive 40 ton bulk enabled it to quickly bring armor reinforcements to the front line while extracting damaged tanks for repair and a prompt return to combat.
The rare vehicle is operational and is part of the David Levy armor collection, complementing the other World War II tanks, armored cars and weapons on display at the Museum of American Armor. Its presentation serves to highlight the logistics genius of America’s Arsenal of Democracy where a constant flow of men, supplies and weapons of war arrived from the United States during World War II and then was quickly put into the field to overwhelm, outflank and overpower the enemy.
The M25A1 used a 240 horsepower engine and a 12 speed transmission to move at speeds of up to 26 miles per hour in transporting Sherman tanks and other vehicles to the front lines. Over 1,500 were built by Pacific Car and Foundry Company during World War II but only a handful remain in existence today.
Museum Director Mark Renton stated, “Vintage newsreels rightly focus on the men in the front lines facing combat, but for every soldier in the field there were 15 behind him providing the G.I. with everything from bullets and food to tactical intelligence and replacement equipment. The Dragon Wagon reminds us that World War II was a war of logistics and maneuver and it allows us to honor those who ensured we would win that conflict.”
Opened in cooperation with Nassau County and County Executive Edward P. Mangano, The Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, is a living tribute to every American who has worn the uniform and those who continue to defend our nation today. Its collection includes World War II tanks, artillery, armored cars and weapons that broke the back of the Axis powers some seventy years ago.
It is open Wednesday through Sunday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10, adults; $7, children 5 – 12 (under 5 admitted free); and $7 for seniors, volunteer firefighters and veterans. Admission provides visitors with access to both the armor museum and the adjacent Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
1303 Round Swamp Road
Old Bethpage, New York 11804
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