Pakistani Army Museum, Rawalpindi

Front view of the Pakistan Army Museum building.

Pakistani flag that survived the fall of Dhaka in 1971 during the third Indo-Pak War. It was kept safe by a railway worker through his imprisonment by the Indian Army until he was repatriated back to West Pakistan. The efforts he went to, to ensure the flag remained safe, are recognised by it being displayed in the museum.

The resident AMX-13. The fine layer of moss can be seen quite well as can the exhaust pipe. Though it is not possible to see inside the tank, there does not appear to have been much room in the turret. Many were captured by the PA and hence can be found displayed throughout Pakistan.

A 75mm recoiless rifle of the type used in the closing stages of WWII.
HMG captured from the Russians during the Afghan-Soviet war.

Top-left: The knocked-out Centurion. The smaller round does not seem to have done much damage apart from penetrate the stowage box on the turret. The hull impact would definitely have brought it to a halt.

Bottom-left: A close-up of the penetration of the round that knocked out the Centurion. The round penetrated the side and ricocheted into the engine compartment, bringing the Centurion's fighting days to an end. The crew would most likely have survived the impact and baled out.

The M-24 Chaffee light tank in its unusual and non-standard camouflage pattern. There are some small areas of rust here and there but the tanks is likely to have been immobile for a number of years so restoration would be possible but prohibitively expensive.

The diminutive Ferret near the gate is not ex-PA but most likely ex-Frontier Corps. It was used to combat smuggling along the porous Iran-Pakistan border. An open hatch allows visitors to see the very cramped interior.

Top-left: Looking rather worse than the other exhibits this jeep was produced by Mahindra Ltd of Madras India. It was brand new when captured by the 6th Baloch in 1971 but does not seem to have stood the test of time.

Bottom-left: The plate identifying the captured jeep to be an Indian produced copy of the ubiquitous Willys jeep. It was manufactured by Mahindra Ltd of Madras and accepted into service the year it was captured (1971), by the 6th Baloch Regt'.

A Willys jeep (CJ-3B) that was captured in 1971. Once armed with an M-401 106mm recoilless rifle it was a formidable combination of small size, mobility and firepower. Both sides used them to great effect.

The sole M-47. The Pakistani service of the M-47 was overshadowed by its successor the M-48. The rather distinctive turret was actually that from a T42 medium tank. Iran used the type in considerable numbers setting up a re-build factory in 1970-2. 147 PA M-47s were up-graded to the 'M' standard in Iran. Some M-47Ms may survive as turret-less AVLB vehicles.

The M-48 with its 'Dalek' like turret. Its 90mm and thick armour were a good combination. Sadly for the PA it never lived up to the exaggerated esteem in which they held it mainly due to the battle of Assal Uttar in 1965. Iran helped Pakistan modernise 145 M-48A1s to M-48A5 standard in the 1970s. Some were converted to AVLB vehicles and may yet survive. It was replaced in service by the Chinese supplied 'T' series tanks.

A Japanese mortar caprtured by Allied troops during WWII.
'Model of the Rani Top' - The model of the Zamzamah Gun or Rani Top that was woven into the fabric of the history of the Punjab.
Russain Aircraft Trophies - during the war against the Russians a number of Soviet aircraft were shot down by PAF fighters. Some parts were taken to display as trophies and are present at the Army Museum.
The museum's second Sexton has had its 25-pdr removed and the opening plated over. It may have been used as some form of command vehicle but there is no indication of this to be found on the vehicle itself.

A frontal picture of the Indian Army Sherman. The multiple hits are clearly visible with a distinct scar on the turret front. The type of weapons used to inflict the damage is uncertain but the large turret side penetration may well have been another tank.

Another derivative of the ubiquitous Sherman. The dozer was well used and only retired after the 1971 Indo-Pak war; long after it had become a museum piece in the west. Unlike the majority of the Shermans in PA service this one had been up-gunned with a 76mm.

The rather awkward and antiquated looking T-6 was still effective in moving infantry about the battlefield in 1965, but the protection was by then totally inadequate. Its top speed of 37mph meant it could still keep up with heavier armour though.

One of the ex-PA Triumph motorbikes. It does not look like it was used much or appear to require much attention to restore it to running order. If it has been re-painted it is one of the better examples.

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