Sunday, February 28, 2010

Doofus Of The Day #326

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?



Anonymous said...

Considering how many Soviet aircraft immigrated during the Cold War, I would not be surprised to see at very least a company of Soviet tanks etc roaming around the Mojave desert.


mostly cajun said...

Oh, the Israelis gave us a bunch of Soviet tanks back in the 70's when I was still a young soldier. I did not consider it fair trade for the brand new M60A1 they got from me in the Yom Kippur War.

Still, a T-80 would be neat to play with, especially if I got a truckload of ammo with it...


Crucis said...

Well, I guess the Air Force could use more targets in their gunnery ranges. The old Sov-era tanks are a bit "holey" now. (g)

Old NFO said...

Crucis beat me to it... we can ALWAYS use targets... :-)

Anonymous said...

The old Sov-era tanks are a bit "holey" now.

Those are speed holes. They make them go faster.