Today's award goes to the Russian army dispatch officer responsible for dumping 200 main battle tanks in a forest, miles from anywhere. The Telegraph reports:
A news website near the city of Yekaterinburg posted a video of the forgotten tanks showing passers-by clambering inside the vehicles and playing with empty ammunition belts. The only items that seemed to be missing were live rounds and the keys to the tanks' ignitions.
"There are tanks all over the forest, abandoned," an unnamed reporter on the video says. "If you need one, come and get it."
Locals in a nearby village said the tanks had been sitting there for almost four months covered in snow. The armoured vehicles were identified as a mixture of T-80 and T-72 battle tanks, the workhorses of the Russian army.
"We were shocked," Pavel L., a local, told Russian media. "It is like you can sit behind the wheel, start up the engine and drive off and nobody would notice!"
A military spokesman claimed the tanks were in fact being guarded by special patrols and were in the process of being dispatched to a military base. But military prosecutors appeared sceptical about his claims and opened an official investigation. Wary of further bad publicity, the army has urgently begun relocating the tanks.
There's more at the link. The video clip below shows the tanks abandoned in the forest.
Hmm . . . if the US Army sent over a few spare tank drivers, I bet they could have the lot across the border within a few days, and no-one the wiser! There again, by now they've probably got all the old Russian tanks they need, so why bother?