Over at the tank-net forum, user “dyankov” pointed out this Russian youtube video showing how the autoloader in a T-72 tank works. We thought it was worth sharing.
For those interested in seeing how the autoloader of the T-72 differs from that of the T-64, this video includes some brief footage of both systems. The video is in Russian so it is a bit hard to follow for non-Russian speakers (setting youtube to translate the Russian close captioning to English will result in some real comedy.) The operation of the T-64 and T-72 autoloaders can be seen starting at the 5:15 mark in the video. T-64 autoloader is the one that turns the round from vertical to horizontal while the T-72 system keeps the shell horizontal through the entire process.
This video provides an even better look at the T-64 autoloader.
And here is a short clip showing the operation of the autoloader in the T-80, which is basically the same system as found in the T-64.