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We were blundering about by the harbor in the Essex town of Maldon trying to find a place to park, when we caught sight of an enigmatic street sign featuring the outline of a tank.

So we followed it and ended at a converted bonded warehouse that is now the site of the Combined Military Services Museum.

This is essentially the private collection of a military enthusiast and contains a lot of stuff that I've never seen elsewhere. Particularly a number of items belonging to Captain Peter Mason, an acquaintance of Ian Fleming and a clear prototype for James Bond.

Much of his specialised equipment was on display as well as some of that used by Eastern European security services. Cameras caught my eye, here's a few examples.

There was much else, including English Civil War armor and weapons and a wide range of arms and armaments, uniforms and other military related equipment. Easily one of the most fun museums I have ever come across – on purpose or by accident.

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