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#1 Jim Warford

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 2343 PM

Here's an interesting vid grab to get things started...

 

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 0956 AM

IS-2 modified as artillery tractor or recovery vehicle?

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 1128 AM

Rare IS-3 based ARV/heavy prime mover.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 0035 AM

A couple more pics...

 

T-54_OperationDanube_1.jpg

 

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 1259 PM

Are those T54 or T55s? Can you tell the difference?



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 1328 PM

55s.

54s have mashroom shaped ventilator cover on the turret rood in front of loader's hatch - that is only reliable ID point, everything else (storage position, bow MG) could be present on both.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 1338 PM

55s.

54s have mashroom shaped ventilator cover on the turret rood in front of loader's hatch - that is only reliable ID point, everything else (storage position, bow MG) could be present on both.

Thanks a lot. I was definitely positive that bow machine's existence meant T54 :(



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 1339 PM

55s.
54s have mashroom shaped ventilator cover on the turret rood in front of loader's hatch - that is only reliable ID point, everything else (storage position, bow MG) could be present on both.

Both T54s and T55s are present. Tanks 221 and 227 are T54s and while 223 isn't identifiable, it is likely a T54. The two in the bottom picture are T55s.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 1436 PM

 

Thanks a lot. I was definitely positive that bow machine's existence meant T54 :(

 

 

T-55 (without suffix) and OT-55 also had fixed bow MG.

 

 

Both T54s and T55s are present. Tanks 221 and 227 are T54s and while 223 isn't identifiable, it is likely a T54. The two in the bottom picture are T55s.

 

 

Serves me well for only looking at bottom picture...  :unsure:



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 0020 AM

Maybe the best pic ever of a T-10M...

 

T-10M_Invasion_Czech_1968_8.jpg

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 0720 AM

Rare IS-3 based ARV/heavy prime mover

 

First picture I eve see of this vehicle. I don't even recall reading about it, only about IS-2. IMO It would make more sense to incorporate IS-2T in IS-3 units, and use the chassis of this version for tanks.



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Posted 08 February 2015 - 2327 PM

T-54_OperationDanube_1968_5.jpg

 

ASU-85_OperationDanube_1968_12.jpg

 

T-10M_OperationDanube_1968_1.jpg

 

OperationDanube_Plan_Map_3.jpg



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 0027 AM

Did this indeed include airborne operations or merely the use of airborne troops?



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 1423 PM

That's a nice picture of two ASU-85's with a couple of PT-76's in the background and a BRDM scout car.



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 1506 PM

That's another great T-10M photo, thanks Jim!

 

Soviet paratroopers album:

 

http://foto-history....277.html#cutid1

 

Loads of photos:

 

http://foto-history....om/3848488.html



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 2316 PM

IS2-BasedARV_OperationDanube_1968_1.jpg

 

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 1321 PM

Ah, the East German NVA is definitely not been in Czechoslovakia



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 1341 PM

Ah, the East German NVA is definitely not been in Czechoslovakia

 

I was going to say that. Apparently some units were positioned closed to the frontier, but never in Czechoslovakia itself.

 

What is the designation of that engineering vehicle on IS chassis?


Edited by alejandro_, 10 February 2015 - 1342 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2015 - 1346 PM

I think the chart makes no distinction between the formations which were drawn up at the Czech borders and actually invaded, so it presumably includes the two NVA divisions which were committed by East Germany, but not given a go by the Soviets because they thought it would look kinda bad if Germans crossed that border again 30 years later.



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 2356 PM

Soviet forces facing a Czech crowd (still in Poland), as they approach the "Friendship Bridge" crossing into Czechoslovakia... 

 

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Friendship Bridge location on map...

 

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A modern look at the Friendship Bridge via satellite...

 

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