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7 Most Incredible Tank Graveyards on Earth
Environmental Graffiti. ^ | Simone Preuss

Posted on 02/26/2012 4:27:11 PM PST by DogByte6RER

7 Most Incredible Tank Graveyards on Earth

In certain corners of the globe you'll find the strangest of military cemeteries – places filled not with the bodies of fallen troops but littered with the carcasses of abandoned tanks. These once-formidable weapons of war no longer strike fear into the hearts of opposing forces; their days of rolling inexorably onwards on the teeth of steel tracks are over. Now, the armor of these behemoths is rusting and corroded, their hatches all but sealed from lack of use, and their controls never again to be manned by commanders in battle.

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WWII tank graveyard in overgrowth near an abandoned Russian military base

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If looking down the barrel of a gun is an unpleasant experience, then staring into the gigantic cylinder of a tank’s cannon must surely magnify the sense of menace tenfold – especially if there is any uncertainty as to whether the weapon is still able to fire its deadly projectile. Braving heat, cacti and other hazards, the urban explorers whose images we have collected have taken some amazing shots of tank graveyards from around the world.

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The ‘60s slogan of ‘make love not war’ instantly springs to mind when looking at this cross-section of vehicular cemeteries, located everywhere from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Laos, to Germany, Kuwait and Iraq. Once a war is over, decommissioned and defunct tanks are often simply left to rust and rot. Wrecked or simply forsaken, they stand as sinister reminders of more turbulent times.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: armoredvehicles; battlefields; battletanks; boneyard; decay; godsgravesglyphs; graveyards; militaria; relics; tankcemetery; tankcommander; tankgraveyard; tanks; warartifacts; weaponsofwar
There are a total of 34 well done photographs of various tank relics at the Environmental Graffiti weblink posted on this thread.

Enjoy!

1 posted on 02/26/2012 4:27:21 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: SunkenCiv

ping ... ggg potential


2 posted on 02/26/2012 4:28:19 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

A little Bondo and WD-40 and they’ll be good as new. Most of those scratches will buff right out.


3 posted on 02/26/2012 4:30:39 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Be sure to visit the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum if you’re ever between LA & Phoenix. The Museum was established to honor the late General George S. Patton and the thousands of men who served with him at the Desert Training Center and overseas. The museum is located off Interstate 10, about 30 miles east of Indio at Chiriaco Summit, which was the entrance to Camp Young, command post for the Desert Training Center during World War II. There’s a yard full of old tanks, slowly rusting away like the ones shown here.


4 posted on 02/26/2012 4:39:05 PM PST by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: DogByte6RER

Seems like a lot of scrap steel waiting to be smelted. Are they too far out in the boonies for cost-effective shipping?
Maybe, turn the Chinese or Japanese loose and they’d have the place cleaned out in no time.

Old story I read years ago: The British still keep the HMS Prince of Wales in commission (Sunk off Malaya in ‘41 with a great loss of life). (Maybe the same with the Repulse.) I think it is once a year they send a diver down to replace the Union Jack “flying” from it’s mast. Before they started this ritual, back when the Japanese were going EVERYWHERE, cleaning up the leftover scrap, the Japanese went after the POW and when the Brits got their back up, the Japanese, in effect, said, “Wha? Wha?” as if they couldn’t make the connection between a memorial and scrap.


5 posted on 02/26/2012 4:44:04 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: bopdowah

I had NO idea that there was a museum dedicated to General Patton. This place may be about an hour or so away from me here in Temecula, CA

I found the link for it too:

http://www.generalpattonmuseum.com/default.asp

Thanks!


6 posted on 02/26/2012 4:45:45 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

You will love it!


7 posted on 02/26/2012 4:50:39 PM PST by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: Larry Lucido
Well I kicked the tire and then got in the seat
And set on a petrified apple core
And found a bunch of field mice livin' in the glove compartment
He says "her shaft is bent and the rear end leaks
You can fix 'er quick with an oily rag
Use a nail to start her, I lost the key
Don't pay no mind to that whirin' sound
She'll use a little oil, but outside of that she's cherry."
8 posted on 02/26/2012 4:57:11 PM PST by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council; 'Frog - The other green meat')
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To: DogByte6RER

Pretty cool; thanks for the link!


9 posted on 02/26/2012 5:00:09 PM PST by Oceander (TINSTAAFL - Mother Nature Abhors a Free Lunch almost as much as She Abhors a Vacuum)
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To: DogByte6RER

“I had NO idea that there was a museum dedicated to General Patton. This place may be about an hour or so away from me here in Temecula, CA”

I have been there many times. My name is on one of the bricks for making a donation to the General Patton museum. I have spent many days exploring all the camps in the Desert Training Center. Going to Camp visit Camp Bouse in Arizona in a couple of months. One of the few I have not been to.


10 posted on 02/26/2012 5:19:56 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: DogByte6RER

I thought for a moment that the one in the top photo was a Panther, but it’s just a T-34.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 5:20:24 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: bopdowah; DogByte6RER

There is the “Official” George S Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky. It is loaded with a bunch of his well known belongings such as his pistols, his cavalry uniform, his command car which he had his accident and a ton of armored vehicles including some early WWI tanks, all free admittance. Cool stuff!It’s a great museum.

http://www.generalpatton.org/

http://www.knox.army.mil/PattonMuseum/


12 posted on 02/26/2012 5:24:44 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: PLMerite

T-34, BTR60PB, T62


13 posted on 02/26/2012 5:25:00 PM PST by patton (bad math joke omitted - this space for rent)
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To: PLMerite

Ooops - the middle one is a BMD


14 posted on 02/26/2012 5:26:07 PM PST by patton (bad math joke omitted - this space for rent)
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To: PLMerite

And to the left of that looks like a JS-II!


15 posted on 02/26/2012 5:36:50 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: patton

They sure got the T-62s out of service fast! Nobody kept them! T-55s still running, but T-62s - nope!


16 posted on 02/26/2012 5:39:19 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: DogByte6RER

There is also a Patton Museum at Ft. Knox in Kentucky.

Some wonderful examples of armor from WW1 thru present day.

I spent some time drooling over the mauser anti tank rifle in the WW1 room.


17 posted on 02/26/2012 5:39:51 PM PST by BudgieRamone (Everybody loves a bonk on the head.)
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To: patton

Also, the long barrel indicates a T-34/85.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 5:40:52 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Larry Lucido

Well, you’re 2/3s right - y’all forgot the duct tape!


19 posted on 02/26/2012 5:51:10 PM PST by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: 17th Miss Regt

We had a T62 in my unit - we repaired a HEAT hole in the turret with bondo...


20 posted on 02/26/2012 6:02:39 PM PST by patton (bad math joke omitted - this space for rent)
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To: BudgieRamone; DogByte6RER

Actually I think most of the armor has been moved to a museum at Fort Benning, and all that is left at Fort Knox is the Patton memorabilia.

http://www.armorcavalrymuseum.org/News-Update.html

http://www.military.com/military-report/new-armor-and-cavalry-museum

Looks like the armor has been moved to Benning, but the new museum is still under construction?


21 posted on 02/26/2012 6:13:26 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: bopdowah

Speaking of Patton, his official museum is at Ft. Knox in Kentucky. It’s a real blast, forgive the pun. Only Royal King Tiger I’ve ever seen BTW


22 posted on 02/26/2012 6:29:42 PM PST by STD (It Doesn't Take a Real Political Panjandrum to Cut Taxes & Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Hell yes. Convert them to safe pads for the homeless.


23 posted on 02/26/2012 6:35:19 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected. 0bamao's ANTI-TRUTH & SPIN TEAM is again on the move.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Good post. Reminds me of when I drove by TACOM, in Warren, MI. every day on my way to work at Chrysler. BTW, the Sherman tank was built by Chrysler, and the modern day tanks are built by General Dynamics, in and around Sterling Heights, MI. They didn’t call Detroit the arsenal of democracy for nothing. I guess it’s a pride thing, as in “you want to mess with us? Bring it on ‘cause we build all of the best bad-ass toys to take you out”.


24 posted on 02/26/2012 6:39:01 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: patton

I hope you repaired it with the help of duct tape! That works for everything. After you buff it out and repaint it looks like new!

How was the workmanship in the vehicle? The Czechs had some pretty unkind words to say about those things and were glad to get some T-72s to replace ‘em.


25 posted on 02/26/2012 6:47:11 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: DogByte6RER

>> This really does look like a cemetery, with the half-interred remains all too visible.

The pictures are cool.

The verbiage accompanying them is idiotic crap.

e.g. “This really does look like a cemetery, with the half-interred remains all too visible.”

Really? When were YOU last in a cemetary with the half-interred remains visible?


26 posted on 02/26/2012 6:56:32 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: All; Interesting Times; zot
r5. Phonsavan, Laos

What are the old rusting carcasses of Russian tanks doing in Laos? Well, where there’s a tank, there was a war. Laos got dragged into the Vietnam War (1955- 1975) and paid dearly for it. A significant portion of the war was fought on Laotian territory, and Laos is actually reckoned to be most bombed nation on Earth. A fact that’s hard to fathom, reported by The Guardian, is that “Laos was hit by an average of one B-52 bombload every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, between 1964 and 1973.” Truly a statistic that quantifies the utter madness of the conflict.

This is the tagline from one of the photos referencing the tank graveyard in Laos. If my math is correct, this would total 11,340 B-52 sorties. Since, there were only 2,500 B-52 sorties flown in support of the siege at Khe Sahn I am absolutely astounded at this assertion. Any of you Vietnam vets want to vouch or question the statement above?

According to the American War Library only 84,000 B-52 missions were flown between 1965-1971.

What do you think Zot?

Thanks,

TS

27 posted on 02/26/2012 7:01:31 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

The workmanship was ... bad.

Years later, I asked a russian, How could you stand the Soviet Union?

“When your breakfast ration includes 450ml of Vodka, you can stand anything.”


28 posted on 02/26/2012 7:09:18 PM PST by patton (bad math joke omitted - this space for rent)
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To: Parley Baer

I was attending school in Aberdeen Proving Grounds Md where the avenue leading to the main gate is a divided highway and at the time in the median there was the “Mile of Tanks” of U.S. armored vehicles from several wars and then on main post there was a huge yard of mostly WWII German vehicles and 88mm guns and tanks.

The APG post museum had a small arms collection to die for. Then the curator informed me that what was displayed represented about one fifth of the total on hand. Geez!

The Patton Museum is impressive now but in 1977 I got to handle a bunch of machine guns in the arms room. It’s eerie to look at the sedan in which Patton was mortally injured. Look closely underneath and the frame is still bent.

Seeing Patton’s revolvers (the Colt SAA and the S&W .357) is almost a religious experience.


29 posted on 02/26/2012 7:19:15 PM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: The Shrew; zot
A B-52 bomb load every 8 minutes = 7.5 per hour = 180 per day = 65,700 per year.

A ludicrous statistic, even for the Guardian.

30 posted on 02/26/2012 7:25:47 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Parley Baer

For just a wide spot in the road, Bouse has one hell of a firing range open to the public for shooting.


31 posted on 02/26/2012 7:51:19 PM PST by Sea Parrot (You can't fix Stupid, but you can occasionally head it off before it hurts something. --Stephen Adam)
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To: Parley Baer

For just a wide spot in the road, Bouse has one hell of a firing range open to the public for shooting.


32 posted on 02/26/2012 7:51:24 PM PST by Sea Parrot (You can't fix Stupid, but you can occasionally head it off before it hurts something. --Stephen Adam)
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To: The Shrew
A fact that’s hard to fathom, reported by The Guardian, is that “Laos was hit by an average of one B-52 bombload every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, between 1964 and 1973.” Truly a statistic that quantifies the utter madness of the conflict.

That statement from the Guardian pegged my bullshit meter.

33 posted on 02/26/2012 7:52:06 PM PST by zot
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To: DogByte6RER

You have to wonder why the Chinese are buying all of our scrap metal when they have so much so close to them.


34 posted on 02/26/2012 7:55:16 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Interesting Times; The Shrew
A B-52 bomb load every 8 minutes = 7.5 per hour = 180 per day = 65,700 per year. A ludicrous statistic, even for the Guardian.

Yep. Thanks for doing the arithmetic that shows my bullshit meter is well-calibrated.

35 posted on 02/26/2012 7:58:57 PM PST by zot
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To: The Shrew

The Guardian is a British marxist publication, like its late US counterpart. It is know for its’ anti-Americanism, and when it comes to Vietnam/Laos, you can’t trust anything that they wrote.

This statement is not only ridiculous, it is physically impossible, but the truth and reality never stopped the Guardian from its pro-Hanoi propaganda.


36 posted on 02/26/2012 8:09:07 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: The Shrew

“Laos is actually reckoned to be most bombed nation on Earth”

Laos? I could see Vietnam or Cambodia, but Laos???


37 posted on 02/26/2012 9:57:24 PM PST by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: Larry Lucido

You bet! Tracks? Don’t worry we got tracks ‘n’ ammo too! Bring your old T-55 or BMP on down and you can trade it in for a slightly used T-72. No credit? No problem! We have zero % financing too!


38 posted on 02/26/2012 10:59:49 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: M1903A1
Laos? I could see Vietnam or Cambodia, but Laos???

A result of the route of the Ho Chi Minh trail, and our efforts to interdict that supply route and support Royal Laotian forces against the PAVN and Pathet Lao.

Suffice to say, the net result of operations "Barrel Roll" and "Steel Tiger" was that upon Laos was bestowed the dubious distinction of being the most heavily bombed nation on the planet.

39 posted on 02/26/2012 11:10:54 PM PST by Hoplite
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To: factoryrat
The only operating tank plant in the USA is the General Dynamics Land Systems plant in Lima, OH (Lima Army Tank Plant — LATP). They manufacture and overhaul the M1-series Abrams main battle tank. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lima_Army_Tank_Plant
40 posted on 02/27/2012 4:21:52 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: DogByte6RER
The photographs certainly are impressive.

And I realize that the site is not professional, but does no one know how to write anymore?

"[T]heir hatches all but sealed from lack of use"—this means the opposite of what they think it means. They meant, "Their hatch seals are all but gone from lack of use."

"This really does look like a cemetery, with the half-interred remains all too visible." Yes, I remember at the last funeral I attended, how impressed I was that they left the casket half-buried.

41 posted on 02/27/2012 7:35:04 AM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: jmacusa
Peter Griffin bought a tank from you once, as I recall!


42 posted on 02/27/2012 9:45:29 AM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: MasterGunner01

Been to Lima, OH. at the Ford engine plant down there. Didn’t know they built tanks there. Seen a lot of tanks up around Sterling Heights though. Doesn’t matter where they’re built, it’s all heavy metal and all of us have a hand in it.


43 posted on 02/28/2012 9:58:17 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: MasterGunner01

Been to Lima, OH. at the Ford engine plant down there. Didn’t know they built tanks there. Seen a lot of tanks up around Sterling Heights though. Doesn’t matter where they’re built, it’s all heavy metal and all of us have a hand in it.


44 posted on 02/28/2012 9:58:33 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
They sure got the T-62s out of service fast! Nobody kept them! T-55s still running, but T-62s - nope!

The Afghanis still use 'em. No automatic loader to eat the loader's arm, as in the T-72

45 posted on 03/08/2012 12:24:27 PM PST by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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