How Not To Load A Tank

Embarrassing, and probably somewhat painful for the person driving if they weren’t strapped in properly.

I imagine that falling on its side is probably nothing for a tank though, considering they are made to withstand a lot more than that.  They probably just rammed something into it to prop it back up, dusted it off, and attempted to load it again.

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Linoge February 6, 2011 at 09:21 pm

Whoops.

I think they are going to need some more white paint (what is up with a white tank in the desert, anywise?).

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Kurt P February 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm

What was his guide doing?

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mlk18 February 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Looks like a UN tank. If so I am pretty sure that was a standard maneuver for them. It’s called the Tank Surrender and the video was just one of their drills.

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d-boy February 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I’m pretty confident that’s not a tank.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-propelled_artillery

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Admin (Mike) February 7, 2011 at 12:49 am

Crap. I have no idea how to tell the difference. Stupidly, I just went by the video title.

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Ty February 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

Calling that a tank is like calling a magazine a clip. Similar but not the same.

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Admin (Mike) February 7, 2011 at 12:51 am

Damn it, I knew that was going to happen to me sooner or later! I don’t know military vehicles at all so I just went by the title.

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TSN4 February 7, 2011 at 01:15 am

Don’t feel too bad the thing has tracks and a big gun that turns around. It is much more similar to a tank than a clip is to a magazine. In fact, I believe the only reason this vehicle can not technically be called a tank is because it lacks a “shoulder thing that goes up”.

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Michael February 7, 2011 at 08:15 am

Yeah, I was going to say the same, looks like a UN self-propelled artillery piece. But seeing that they really don’t fire them much, just move them around to look like they are keeping the peace, no harm no foul.

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spudfiles February 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

For the record, it’s a French AMX-30 AuF1 155mm self propelled gun

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El Duderino February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Spudfiles has it (ex AFVID — or Armored Fighting Vehicle Identification — instructor here). For most people any vehicle with armor is a “tank.” Living near a base with a ton of Stryker vehicles, I get sad when the local media calls them “tanks.”

If it has a single-shot main gun designed to penetrate armor at long range through direct fire, thick armor (especially in the front), and tracks, it’s probably a tank.

The French just love that Surrender White don’t they?

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Jack Else February 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Notice the blue beret.
It’s the UN. SNAFU.
JE

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Jake February 11, 2011 at 03:41 pm

Are we sure this wasn’t a new “Maintenance” tactic?

This allows easy access to the soft underbelly…

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