“Purchase will allow Sweden to salute those who gave their lives on the Normandy Beaches”
(Stockholm, Sweden) As the world observes the 75th anniversary year of the D-Day invasion that liberated Western Europe from the horrors of the Nazi Third Reich, Roland Jarl, the founder of the Global War Museum (GWM), Munkedal, Sweden, has announced an agreement with the Museum of American Armor in New York that will allow the American facility to acquire GWM’s replica Tiger tank to further strengthen the armor museum’s mission that reminds visitors that freedom too often faces an implacable, dangerous and well-armed foe.
The replica Tiger was fashioned from what had been an East German tank that was once part of a massive military force confronting NATO during the Cold War. Sold to the Swedish Army by Germany after the unification, it was converted into a bridgelayer. It was subsequently demilitarized and sold off by the military. In private hands, it was transformed using sheet metal and steel tubing to present the impression of a fierce Tiger tank that was the scourge of the battlefield some 75 years ago.
Final sale is pending a review by Swedish authorities to ensure the vehicle complies with all export regulations.
Mr. Jarl stated, “Our decision to sell this replica to the Museum of American Armor in New York was a very deliberate one. We sought a buyer who would place the vehicle in historic context, use it as a powerful teaching tool, and allow it to be seen by far more people than what we have been able to achieve in Munkedal.
A tribute to the sacrifices of D-Day
“We also recognized that to sell the vehicle to the museum during the 75thanniversary of D-Day would ensure that this important anniversary will be observed in a most powerful and meaningful way. I would like to view this transfer as my country’s way of saluting those who gave their lives on behalf of freedom that fateful day, June 6th, 1944,” Jarl concluded.
Historians note that when it was introduced in 1942, the Tiger was the most powerful tank in the world. Its 88 mm gun was lethal at long range and the tank’s heavy armor made it almost impervious to frontal attack. Few in number, mechanically fragile, its ability to withstand attacks while destroying Allied tanks allowed it to assume mythical proportions in battle.
Mr. Lawrence Kadish, president and founder of The Museum of American Armor, observed, “We have set out a strategy to acquire several replicas of enemy armor for the specific purpose of instructing thousands of visitors, school groups and our extensive online family of supporters that defeating tyranny requires courage, sacrifice and valor. Those who faced down the Tiger knew that their odds of finding a vulnerable part of the tank were small but they confronted it in the knowledge that the Nazis had to be defeated at all costs. This replica will allow us to help tell that story.”
Dr. Libby O’Connell, History Channel’s Chief Historian Emeritus, observed, “I cannot think of a more appropriate acquisition during the 75thanniversary year of the D-Day landings in France. The Tiger lurked just behind the Normandy battlefield,and had they arrived in force they could have choked off the Allied advance with deadly effectiveness. As we seek to make World War II relevant to today’s students, this replica vehicle will do much to underscore the sacrifice required to liberate a continent.”
The Museum of American Armor has some 40 operational military vehicles under the roof of a 25,000 square-foot facility inside Old Bethpage Village Restoration in cooperation with the Administration of Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. Opened on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, 2014, an average of 14,000 people visit every year, with special weekends set aside to observe historic military anniversaries.
The museum web site is www.museumofamericanarmor.org and is also on Facebook and Instagram.
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