Thursday, November 11, 2010
A look at the vehicles from the Kansas City Military Vehicle Preservation Society in honor of Veteran's Day
The Military Vehicle Preservation Society brought out several fascinating, battle-tested machines, and the owners were available and willing to answer any questions that people may have had.
The collection of Jeeps, transporters, weapons, and motorcycles were just part of the attraction. The Preservation Society also went out of their way to set-up realistic battle scenes. Yeah, they were mannequins dressed up like soldiers, but it was a jarring reminder that these weren't just your everyday, ordinary vehicles.
Among the vehicles was a very rare 1942 GPA Half-Ton Amphibian. Based on an original jeep design, these Ford-built vehicles were made to drive on land as well as the water. They weren't particularly good boats, and they weren't great jeeps, but they were able to do both things better than most. There were very few built in the first place, and their very function and design meant that most rusted away. So being able to see one in restored condition was an unusual opportunity.
This display was held on the Southeast lawn of the World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial. Construction began on the Memorial in 1921, and a perpetual flame has been burning in the top of the Memorial since the 1926 dedication, in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War I. Incredibly, the Museum is the only one in America dedicated to the history of World War I. In all, it was a fitting place to spend time with a group of passionate military vehicle owners, especially those who served at various times in history.
Enjoy the slideshow below, and think about these vehicles in the context and setting in which they were displayed.