Video: Military Museum under Construction

This video showed up last month on Youtube showing a small boy running around a military museum under construction.  According to the description, the boy is the son of the museum architect.  Little other information is given in the video description, although it would appear that this facility will house quite a few tanks and armored vehicles.  The location of this museum is not provided.  Obviously, it’s somewhere in the Middle East (perhaps Egypt?)  If anyone knows the answer, please say so in the comments.  Also, beware the bad pop-music soundtrack to the video.

Tank Biathlon 2017

1174066This past weekend saw the start of the 2017 iteration of the Tank Biathlon competition in Russia which runs from July 29 to August 12.  To the surprise of no one, the Russian team is so far in first place, having beaten the Chinese team.  Later this week the Russian and Chinese teams will face off against the Indian team.  The Russian team operates T-72BM3 tanks, the Chinese bring their own Type 96 and the Indians will be using The T-90S.  Other competitors who do not bring their own tank are supplied with a T-72B3 by their Russian host.  The English language version of the official site for the competition can be seen here.

Articles and video for Tank Biathlong 2017

Newsweek – Russian Forces Beating China in Tank Olympics, Hailing its Kit as “Best in the World”

TASS – Russia leads in tank biathlon at 2017 International Army Games after half of races

Business Standard – Indian Army Team with T90 Tanks Participates in Tank Biathlon 2017 in Russia
 

 

 

 

Tank Chats #40 Crusader

David Fletcher of the Tank Museum at Bovington takes a look at the British WWII era Crusader tank.

Photo of the Day: “Covfefe” Paladin

While we try to steer clear of politics here, we couldn’t resist this photo of an M109 SPG with the word “covfefe” stenciled on the gun barrel.

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How Not to Drive a Tank: Minsk Edition

This video recently appeared on youtube showing what appears to be a T-72 going down Independence Avenue in Minsk, Belarus and doing an unintended drift into a tree and light pole.  Several photos of the incident have also appeared online, including a rather amusing one of a police officer issuing a traffic citation to the tank crew.

 

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Riding a Tank to Victory at Bougainville

The US Department of Defense website recently posted an article on Staff Sgt. Jesse R. Drowley, a US Army soldier who earned the Medal of Honor during the fighting at Bougainville in early 1944.  While an interesting story in itself, it also gives a brief description of the type of infantry/tank cooperation required by US troops in the intense fighting against Japanese fortifications in the Pacific campaign.

170207-a-zz999-0207WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2017 — When Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Ray Drowley arrived alone at an American camp on the Solomon Islands with a gaping wound in his chest, a missing eye and a shredded uniform, a junior officer threatened to court-martial him for abandoning his defense post. Instead, Drowley was put on the path to history.

On Jan. 30, 1944, Drowley was a rifle squad leader with B Company, 132nd Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, when he displayed the bravery that would earn him the Medal of Honor.

The Americal Division arrived on Bougainville on Dec. 25, 1943, as part of the Solomon Islands and New Guinea campaigns. The division was unique in World War II as it carried a name and not a numerical designation. It got its name from “American, New Caledonia,” the South Pacific island on which the unit was provisionally formed for defense in May 1942. Though officially known later as the 23rd Infantry Division, the Americal name remained.

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Photo of the Day: House versus Tank

This picture comes from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  It shows an unsuccessful attempt to drive a tank through a house belonging to celebrity Penn Jillette as part of an independent film project.  Oddly, the news article refers to the tank as a “T-90”, which it obviously is not.

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