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Londonism

Finally got all the images processed from the London Expedition from 11/11/2006, which my friend and I went to. So, let's get down to business...

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(Our first view of the Imperial War Museum, only two streets away from the nearest Underground.)

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(Upon closer inspection, we came across massive battleship guns... Was fairly intimidated.)

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(Once we got in at about 10AM, we were greeted with this view of a Spitfire. Most famous for the Battle of Britain, or "Operation Sea-lion." Not sure what Mk it was, but I can guess it was pretty earlier considering it has only 3 rotor blades.)

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(A P-51D North American Mustang, just left of the Spitfire. Just to the left was a Me Bf-109)

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(On the first floor, a front end of an Avro Lancaster bomber.)

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(Further into the museum, a V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. Spitfires and Mosquitoes being powered by this.)

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(A panned down view from the first floor balcony. From the left, a light tank used by Desert Rats, Africa Corps. A Soviet T-34 in the middle and a German Panther tank just out of shot.)

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(One Sherman tank. Not the most sophisticated tank of WWII, but were made in overwhelming numbers.)

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(A Churchill tank from the British, not too widely known of.)

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(German Panther tank, look at that sloping armour... I can't imagine how you'd be able to defeat one head on.)

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(A surviving Nazi Bronze Eagle from Soviet captured Berlin. There's actually a bullet hole on it. Someone wasn't too happy...)

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(A reconstructed German Enigma machine. Though not a naval one I imagine, as they used 5-8 cogs rather than 3 as shown here.)

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(American guns, including the famous Tommy gun and Colt .45 which is still in use today.)

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(An assortment of rifles, revolvers and pistols. Pretty much a candy store for me... ^^)

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(Photo taken from a Soviet section of the museum. Some of you may have already noticed the Kalashnikov/AK-47 above.)

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(Another section on the Falklands War, British weaponry shown. Most noticebly the M-16 assault rifle.)

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(One of my favourite parts of the museum devoted to the SAS. A H&K MP5 is to the right of the image.)

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(The gun I've been interested in for so long was so close to me. The Belgium FN FAL was used by the British and was for a long time wanted as a template for the now well known Heckler & Koch G3 assault rifle, before choosing the Spanish CETME instead.)

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(There's Parliament... if you are wanting to know the time, look to the right.)

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(So I take it the zoom function works...)

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(Buckingham Palace, with unsuspecting guards.)

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(An overall view. Do you think those windows are armoured? Don't mind me... just fantisising.)

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(Some of the Royals showed up, to our surprise... Not that we went there expecting to see them or anything. *rolleyes*)

I was quite amazed how they had V1 rockets in IWM though, unless one didn't explode upon impact and was rebuilt. More likely than capturing one in Germany, since they switched over to V2s.
Not a bad day all in all, it was much warmer underground that I expected. But at least we didn't spend too much time down there thanks to my excellent navigating skills... *cough cough* Thankfully we knew the difference between Eastbound and Westbound *hint hint* ;)
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