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M8 Greyhound Armoured Car as sold
2 views of how an armoured vehicle is de-militarised. This Greyhound was cut up to comply with the disposal requirements imposed by the US Government just after WW2. As most of the european countries received their military equipment immediately after the war as gifts/loans the US retained control over there ultimate fate.
Unless otherwise agreed, this required the vehicles be either handed back in the same condition they were originally received or de-militarised before disposal.
In some cases vehicles have been overhauled back to zero time condition then because the US government did not want them back they were de-militarised.
Stupid isn't it?
The vehicle pictured is a reasonably early build as it has the mine racks between the front and middle wheels. You can see that it was in quite good conditon before cutting, other than the damaged mudguard now sitting on the glacis plate.
As far as I know it has been broken up for parts.
I do not know the fate of its turret.
M3 Lee/Grant as found
The de-militarisation of guns/cannons takes many forms.
This Lee/Grant shows the earliest form which was achieved by packing some sort of obstruction into the barrel (usually wadding) and then firing the gun. Normally the barrel just bulges, on say 37mm and 2 Pounders'.
This 75mm (with counterweight for the gyro-stabiliser) has just started to fail. If you look closely you can see where the barrel has started to "petal".
Later on in the post WW2 disposal process the barrels usually had a "chunk", or several, cut out of them, so that you can look inside the barrel from the side, usually about 1/2 way along.
I have seen other WW2 era barrels that have been cut in half.
The latest technique (for worn out Leopard barrels) is to cut them into at least 4 sections. The breech ring is removed and cut in half and the breech block is mutilated.
It really does make you wonder just what the powers-that-be think that us civilians are going to do. After all, a complete Leopard barrel weighs in the vicinity of 4 tons, then there is the VERY substantial, mount and recoil system. Hardly the sort of thing anyone would be able to put to use.
Valentine as found
Another variation on de-militarisation is to just shoot at something till there is very little left.
The Valentine pictured was seeing out its days on the firing range at Waiouru New Zealand.
You can see what is left of a Valentine 111c.
The turret from this tank came to Australia (through James Swan), was fitted to a hull from Western Australia, then sent to UK where it is now the Valentine in the Imperial War Museum.
For reasons best known to the New Zealand Army and government, the range at Waiouru has been cleaned of all "debris", supposedly this is due to environmental reasons. How a few old pieces of tank pose a threat in that area is a mystery to me as just down the road there is an active volcano that every so often causes trouble. Should it ever get really stroppy then I fail to see how any man made bits and pieces will even survive the event?
The Valentine hull? It is no more - scrapped!
My thanks to James Swan for the photo's.
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