Tanks for nothing…

August 11, 2010

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“This is General Johnson, come in Alpha Dog. Are the assault vessels in place? Roger that…

“Affirmative, we’re all set for the attack. I want you to deploy all 1,000 of our T-69 amphibious tanks and begin our surprise invasion. Push ‘em into the water, boys, now!

amphibious tanks splash 320“These amphibious assault vehicles will give us the edge we need, roaring out of the sea and onto the land before those poor bastards know what hit ‘em.

“This is our chance to teach them a lesson that… What, Lamar? No, that can’t be!

“Boys, my goofy major tells me the T-69s are NOT amphibious. Is he just jerking my chain?

“Oh. Gosh, some days NOTHING ever seems to go right!

“Lamar, there’s no need to mention this in your report. Make me a dry martini, will you?”

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Officials dump a Chinese-made T-69 armored tank into the Gulf of Thailand, near the southern Narathiwat province August 9, 2010. The 25 decommissioned Thai-army tanks will form artificial corals to improve the marine ecosystems and increase fish stock in the area.

REUTERS photos by Surapan Boonthanom

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That guy on deck, holding the rope, was he ever seen again?

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive

He’s not in any of the subsequent shots, Bill. Dunno what to make of that.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

They are providing the Not-so-lost City of Atlantis with modern weaponry!!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

No BG, you’ve got it all wrong. These are the famous tank fishermen of Thailand. They catch the tanks, gut and clean them and filet them into AK-47′s. The tanks splash a lot when they’re caught as you’ve captured in the second pic. That’s a brave little man with that rope! And what, you’re wondering, do they use for bait? Old VW Beetles and Mini Coopers mostly. Tanks love those!

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Nice one, justCam…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Ha ha justCAM… that’s a good one! :)

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

What’s the purpose of the barrel lashed to the front of the tank? Flotation? Or just another barrel of toxic waste?

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

That’s not a barrel; that’s the tank driver’s escape pod!

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

The barrel is where they stuffed Aqua-man cause as everyone knows he was really just holding the Justice League back.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

the BEST use of weapons so far :-)

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive