to know your VMMV staff & vehicles
In this section we will introduce you to the people and armor
of the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles. We will chat with
the VMMV staff, so that you can get to know the people who "keep
'em running" and work so hard behind the scenes. And also
provide a behind-the-scenes look into the history of individual
vehicles in the VMMV collection. In this, our sixth newsletter,
we interview VMMVs own mechanical supergeniusMarc
Sehring who sheds some light on himself and some of the vehicles
in our collection.
How did you get started with VMMV?
I had a keen interest in military history, so during college
I worked for Mr. Cors as a summer employee, sweeping the floors,
odd jobs etc. After a while, things just progressed and I started
working on the tanks and found I had a real knack for mechanical
things, so now I get to combine my hobby and my job.
is your favorite tank of all time and why?
I would have to say that my favorite tank of all time
is the Leopard 2. It is one badass vehiclegreat armor,
neat set of upgrades and who wouldnt like a 1500 horsepower
is your favorite tank in VMMVs collection and why?
I love them all
.xoxoxoxxo. They each have special
qualities, but my two favorites are the T-72 and the Strv 103C
(perhaps better known as the S-tank). The T-72 is a modern main
battle tank, with a long history, but it is also still in service
in many places around the world. Its 125mm cannon is one
large gun and it just plain looks cool! The Strv 103C also looks
cool in a very different way, has a neat gas turbine engine,
autoloader, and hydro-pneumatic suspension. Its just a well-engineered
is the hardest tank to work on and/or drive?
Thats easy, the hardest tank to work on is the Churchill---it
is just a nightmare. Its cramped and complicated. And the hardest
to drive are the M3A1 Stuart and the Hetzer. The Stuart is cramped,
difficult to steer and has bad ergonomics while the Hetzer has
a very stiff clutch and almost no visibility.
contrast, what is the easiest tank to work on and/or drive?
Hands down, the Sherman is the easiest tank to work onroomy
and well laid out. The M5A1 Stuart is the easiest to drive;
its light, easy and has an automatic transmission.
Marc, time to show us your personal sidewhat is your favorite
type of food?
Neither, I like Thai Hot Sauce
The lexicon of armored vehicles is filling with
a bewildering amount of
acronyms. And at the VMMV we have a few of our own. Here we
will have the
VMMV word of the day so you may better understand the conversations
might overhear at VMMV.
Blank Firing Adapter or sometime Blank Firing Attachment. A
BFA is a
device that is attached to the end of a barrel of a gas-operated
weapon when firing blanks to trap enough gas to cycle the action.
and semi-automatic weapons rely on the back pressure of a bullet
back on the bolt ejecting the spent cartridge and chambering
a new round.
When firing blanks, there is no bullet and thus, no back-pressure
full- and semi-automatic firing during training. A BFA allows
weapons training without the use of live ammunition, increasing
at the same time increasing realism.
11 November Veterans Day
a great fall from all the staff and volunteers of VMMV.