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Exhibition and demonstrations of working floats

From 6 to 9 June, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings, we are welcoming the Musée des Blindés de Saumur for exceptional demonstrations of historic armoured vehicles in action. As the centrepiece, the world’s only working Tiger II (70 tonnes) will be shaking the ground around the Normandy Victory Museum! Guest floats will also be appearing for special demonstrations, including the Sherman Fury (Jeep Sud Est) and ‘Arcis sur Aube’ (ADLP Automotive).

This event is part of our global programme, which will take place from 1 to 12 June 2024.

The tanks presented by the Musée des blindés de Saumur

Tigre II

Panzer “Luchs”

Panzer IV

Tanks from the Musée des blindés, at the 80th dday

The Panzer B “Tigre II”

On display from 6 to 9 June 2024 at the Normandy Victory Museum (with a museum admission ticket) and a free demonstration during these four days at 11am, 3pm and 5pm.

+ The tank

The design of the Tiger II prioritised firepower and protection over mobility. Entering service in 1944, this heavy tank was designed to break through a well-defended front and dominate opposing tanks. Almost impenetrable from the front and capable of destroying Allied armour at long range, its many shortcomings prevented it from changing the course of the war. Little produced, very expensive, with an underpowered engine, it was mechanically fragile and its range was very limited.

+ Its operational life

This Tiger is a post-war French assembly of different Tiger IIs in order to have a functional one to test. However, the turret and a large part of the mechanics belong to the 300 command tank used by the 3rd company of the Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503. The n°300 fought in the Vexin from 21 August 1944. On 28 August, in the middle of a withdrawal, it broke down mechanically on the outskirts of Ouinville en Vexin. Surprised by the Americans, its crew abandoned it.

+ Technical specifications

  • Speed: 38 km/h
  • Engine: 700 hp petrol
  • Crew: tank commander, pilot, gunner, loader, radio and machine gunner
  • Weight: 70 T
  • Protection: max. 185 mm
  • Armament: 1×88 mm 2×7.92mm

+ Did you know?

Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company of the same name, proposed a design for the Tiger II. This hybrid petrol-electric vehicle was too resource-intensive and was rejected.

Panzer II Luchs from the Musée des blindés de Saumur

The Panzer II Luchs

On display from 6 to 9 June 2024 at the Normandy Victory Museum (with a museum admission ticket) and a free demonstration during these four days at 11am, 3pm and 5pm.

+ The tank

This panzer met the German army’s need for a tracked reconnaissance vehicle that could operate off-road, unlike wheeled vehicles. MAN began production in September 1942 and continued until January 1944. In the end, only a small number were produced, as German industry had to concentrate on more essential vehicles.

+ Its operational life

The history of this tank is unknown. Perhaps it was one of the 26 tanks of the 9th Panzer Division, all of which were lost in August 1944 during the fighting against the Allies who had just broken the front line in Normandy. This Luchs is one of the last two in existence in the world.

+ Technical specifications

  • Armament: 1×20 mm (320 shells) 1×7.92 mm (2250)
  • Crew: tank commander, pilot, gunner, radio / chef de char, pilote, tireur, radio
  • Weight: 11.8 T
  • Maximum armour: 30 mm
  • Maximum speed: 60 km/h
  • Engine: 180 hp petrol

+ Did you know?

Two openings are visible at the front of the vehicle. One for the pilot and one for the radio operator. Each can be closed by an armoured flap. It appears that a third opening is located between the other two, but this is not the case. It is in fact a false armoured flap designed to deceive enemy gunners about the true position of the crew members.

Panzer IV from the Musée des blindés de Saumur

The Panzer IV

On display from 6 to 9 June 2024 at the Normandy Victory Museum (with a museum admission ticket) and a free demonstration during these four days at 11am, 3pm and 5pm.

+ The tank

It was the German army’s main tank during the Battle of Normandy. Designed before the war, it had been improved many times and its anti-tank power was formidable. However, its potential for development was exhausted in 1944, when Allied tanks began to dominate it in terms of armament, mobility and protection. 8,500 were built between 1936 and 1945.

+ Its operational life

It was produced in February 1944, but we do not know its operational history. This type of tank was present in Normandy.

+ Technical specifications

  • Speed: 38 km/h
  • Engine: 300 hp petrol
  • Crew: tank commander, pilot, gunner, loader, radio and machine gunner
  • Weight: 25 T
  • Protection: 80mm max
  • Armament: 1x75mm 2×7.92mm

+ Did you know?

Turret rotation was therefore entirely manual! This Panzer IV is a J model, built at a time when the Germans had to economise on resources: the electric motor used to rotate the turret was removed to install an additional petrol tank.

You will be able to admire these floats in a four-day temporary exhibition, integrated into the museum itinerary (entry with a museum ticket), to be held from 6 to 9 June 2024. This is your chance to get up close and personal with these historic tanks and talk to members of the Musée des Blindés team.

Over the four days (6 to 9), the tanks will be giving free outdoor demonstrations at 11am, 3pm and 5pm.

The information below was provided by the Musée des blindés de Saumur, which we would like to thank.

Other guest tanks

The Sherman in ‘Fury

This Sherman tank, presented by Jeep Sud Est, will be on show free of charge on 4 June at 3pm and 5pm and on 6 June at 11am, 3pm and 5pm.

Char from the film Fury at the Normandy Victory Museum

The Sherman “Arcis sur Aube”

This Sherman tank presented by ADLP Automotive (Denis Le Priol and Cédric Rolly) will be taking part in demonstrations on 6 and 7 June at 11am, 3pm and 5pm.

+ The tank in a nutshell

This M4 A2 tank was delivered to Casablanca in ‘43. It landed in Normandy with the 2nd DB and took part in the liberation of Paris. After coming out of the fighting unscathed, it was relegated to the wreckage for a long time, before being restored by enthusiasts.

Sherman Arcis sur Aube archive

Stug III

A Stug III presented by Panzerfarm Poland will also be part of the free demonstrations from 6 to 9 June at 11am, 3pm and 5pm.

STUG III

We would like to remind you that this presentation of tanks is part of a rich programme offered to you on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of D-Day by the Normandy Victory Museum from 1 to 12 June 2024. The full programme is available here.

To make sure you don’t miss any of these events, take advantage of the DDAY 80 ticket, valid for twelve days.

The DDAY 80 ticket is a skip-the-line ticket valid from June 1 to June 12, 2024. Between these two dates, you can enter and leave the museum as many times as you like!

Of course, you can always buy our traditional one-day ticket.