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T-34's in South Africa

 

Museum example.

The vehicle in the 3 photo's below is a Russian T-34/85, they are in this article to give an idea of what an intact T-34 looks like. Except that there seems to be something very wrong with the idler wheels on this example as they seem to be sitting far too low.
Shame about the paint colour!
Stephen said "I was amused by your comment about the colour of the tank, strangely enough the armour curator of the museum (Richard Henry) is a fanatical restorer and tried to get this tank as original as possible. He is also quite adamant that this colour is the correct shade and is matched exactly to the examples found in Angola. I admit it does look slightly too pea- green but perhaps it was the light at the time of filming".

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Range Target

These pictures were taken in the 1983-1984 period at an army training camp called "Lohatla" , this was one of the T34-85's that were captured in Angola and used as hard targets.

There is no picture of the whole vehicle; these are detail shots as Stephen is a modeller and he took them with that hobby in mind.

He knows nothing further about the target tank, although he suspects that 90mm Eland armoured cars were the culprits for its condition.

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A shot over the back of the vehicle looking forward, the engine deck is missing.

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Detail views of the engine bay.

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This series of shots is equivalent to walking around the vehicle starting at the RHS rear and going anti-clockwise. Note that the side armour above the tracks on the RHS appears to have been blown away but surprisingly, leaving the underlaying components relatively intact.

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My thanks to Stephen for the text.

 

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