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    Birmingham in August... what to do?

    I'll be visiting England for the first time in mid August and will be staying at the home of my wife's relatives near Birmingham. Can anyone advise me of any militaria shops or sites to see while there?

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    I can't speak directly about the Birmingham area, but I know you will have no problem enjoying your stay. I spent last August in Wootten Bassett(south central UK). The weather was perfect; 70s, a little rain every once in a while. Take a light jacket. No kidding. Gets chilly when the sun goes down.
    Here's a very good place, even if aircraft aren't your thing.
    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/plan-your-day/
    Lots of missiles and air-dropped ordnance. And tanks. And helicopters.
    30 minutes east of B'ham.
    The EXPLOSION Museum( http://www.explosion.org.uk/visitor-...o-find-us.html is all the way south, in the Portsmouth area. About 3 hour drive +/-. Can't go wrong there.
    Bovington Tanks Museum http://www.tankmuseum.org/
    Another day trip. Another 3+ hour drive.
    Plan on being overwhelmed. By the whole country. First "difference", to me, was pork&beans and tomatoes with bacon and eggs in the morning. Got to likin' it. You're on your own with the blood pudding thing. Very few rest stops on the motorway. Nothing like you're used to. Luckily, you can understand almost everybody. If you listen close.
    A superb place to see exceptional things. Lucky you. Can't wait 'til I get back over there.

    Rick

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    Exclamation 47 mm gun

    There is a Museum about 3/4 mile from the Railway station near the "Bull ring" shopping centre that has a really nice 47 mm gun on display which is bare metal and in mint condition, it was made in Birmingham hence the display.

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    A great place to visit is the Royal Staffordshire Regimental Museum which is just to the north of birmingham near Litchfield http://x.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com/museum.php
    It has lots of excellent displays and outside is a reproduction of a 1ww trench system that you can wander up and down.
    Cheers, Paul.

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    Thanks guys! The more options I have when I get there the better.

 

 

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