Tanks for the memories?
A Reuters story from Moscow says about 100 modern Russian tanks have been discovered abandoned on the side of a road in the Ural mountains. There are video clips showing the tanks parked in long rows.
I’m not totally clear on how this happens. These T-80 tanks hold three-person crews, which means what? At some point several hundred soldiers walked into town for a drink or whatever, and then forgot where they parked?
“Yo Lonnie! Man, am I hung over! How much vodka did we drink last night, comrade?”
“Jeez, Roy, I don’t even remember how we got here. Hey, what do you suppose this big honking ignition key in my pocket goes to?”
“Beats me, Lonnie. Look, there must be a bus station around here, let’s see if they’ve got 300 extra seats for us and the other guys.”
“Okay, Roy. Then we should probably figure out what we’re doin’ in these uniforms.”
“Good idea. But hey, you wanna stop off for quick drink first?”
Top: Russian T-80 tanks pass nerby a Poklonnaya Gora war memorial in Moscow in a 1995 file photo.REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev
Bottom: A serviceman holds a desk by his teeth at a military show during the celebration of Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok, February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev