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One of the Kuwaiti AFV graveyards

 

This article shows just a small part of one of at least 5 boneyards that exist in Kuwait and was sent to me by a website visitor who prefers to remain anonymous.

These pictures are somewhat larger than I normally feature on this site, in order for you to be able to have as clear a look as possible at the myriad of vehicles in the photo's. For this reason they will be slower than normal to download.

At this point a reminder, many of the vehicles that were hit during the Desert Storm Gulf War (there has been more than one "Gulf War") were done so by depleted uranium projectiles. These were fired from M1 Abrams tanks, A-10 Wart Hog fighters and possibly also M2/3 Bradley IFV's and thus vary from 25mm up in size. Depleted Uranium is a VERY toxic substance when injested (breathed, swallowed etc) and may still be present as a dust on these vehicles. Unless you can verify that vehicles such as these are safe, stay well away.

This first picture gives you an idea of the amount of vehicles that Iraq lost. There are even more than this picture implies. These were probably the ones that were reaonably intact and most likely many were just buried in the sand. The first whole vehicle in the shot appears to be some kind of recovery vehicle and right behind it, an APC.



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The second shot shows that the desert is starting to claim back some of its territory. If you look carefully, on the turrets you can see the ack-ack guns, mainly the one on the right.


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More MBT's in the foreground. If you look carefully, in the distant background, there are, what appears to be, hundreds of other vehicles!.


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Picture 4 shows a dozen (maybe a bakers dozen? ) of MBT's and other stuff which is mainly of curiosity value! You can clearly see turrets that were blown completely off the hulls, and even hulls with some big and major parts missing!


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This shot is more or less for people interested in the innards of an engine compartment. What we see is the engine bay of possibly a T-62 or a T-64. These tanks, up to and including the T-72 had a MANUAL transmission, and a killer clutch pedal to boot. You need to have a very strong clutch to handle power coming out of a V12 twin supercharged diesel.


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