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Kiev WW2 Museum

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  1. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    During our recent visit to Ukraine my son and I had a day of sightseeing around Kiev during which we visited the Motherland Monument and the WW2 museum that is underneath it.

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    The Communist era stainless steel clad statue is huge and stands 102mtrs (335ft) high. You can even go to the top of it via two very shaky and cramped lifts and then steep ladder climbs up through the centre of the arm holding the shield to a small observation deck.

    Spectacular views of Kiev from the top of the statue.
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    Great pictures, John. Do you have more?
     
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    Thanks, Lou!

    This is the National Museum Of The History Of Ukraine In The Second World War. It is set out in 16 halls below the Motherland Monument and has over 17,000 exhibits on display, I was astounded at the amount of axis and allied equipment, awards, personal effects, and dug up relics that are on display. It is probably one of the best WW2 museums that I have ever visited!

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    Amazing stuff, John. I know the Eastern Front was a bitter one. There is so much to see and even more to read. Thanks for the pictures. I can only imagine the stories behind these relics.
     
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    Indeed, Lou, if the relics could talk then I'm sure they would reveal some real horror stories of the fierce and often vicious fighting that occurred on the eastern front.

    This BMW R12 motorcycle and sidecar was by far my favourite exhibit. I spent a good half hour scrutinising it!
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    German feldgendarmerie mannequin wearing the standard issue kradmantel (motorcycle coat) and gorget around the neck.
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