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#21 swerve

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 0705 AM

I just looked on Street View. No barriers or border controls at all now. 



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 0800 AM

The bridge is living up to its name then :)



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 0828 AM

The joke at the time was

"Why did the Russians invade Czechoslovakia?".

"The Russians entered into Czechoslovakia in response to an invitation".

"And what are they doing in there after all this time?"

"They are still looking for whoever invited them!"



#24 Jim Warford

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 2323 PM

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 2330 PM



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

 

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Soviet forces entering Czechoslovakia from Poland...

 

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 1948 PM

I just looked on Street View. No barriers or border controls at all now. 

Apparently removed only in the last 8 years or so.  Google Earth historic view shows a shelter over the center of the bridge as late as December 2006.



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 0435 AM

In the top picture in post 25 there is a sign with text in english and french. How common was it with french or english speaking tourists in this area in the mid 1960s? If the sign was meant for tourists that is. Also does anybody have any guess as to what the sign above said before it was painted over? Perhaps it had the same message as the one below just in Russian. ;)



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 0451 AM

Did the T-55 have major internal changes from the 54? It seems strange to assign a new number when the only visible external difference is a ventilatioun louvre.



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 0718 AM

Yes, fully redesigned ammo storage and some of internal fuel tanks, hence increase. Turret was actually of slightly different shape, but that is hard to see on pics.



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 0728 AM

The joke at the time was

"Why did the Russians invade Czechoslovakia?".

"The Russians entered into Czechoslovakia in response to an invitation".

"And what are they doing in there after all this time?"

"They are still looking for whoever invited them!"

 

"Do you know the difference between occupation and fraternal assistance?"

"Nope."

"Really?"

"Really not, a friend knew it and got two years..."


Edited by Marek Tucan , 14 February 2015 - 0728 AM.


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Posted 14 February 2015 - 0739 AM

A Red Army soldier returns home from intervention in Czechoslovakia.

 

"So Ivan, did you see counter-revolution?"

 

"Oh yes, lots of counter-revolution, counter-revolution everywhere."

 

"I see. But where is your friend Pavel?"

 

"Well, he didn't see counter-revolution everywhere."



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 1224 PM

Any photos of the famous T55 that lead to the creation of the L7/M68 105mm gun?



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 1631 PM

Any photos of the famous T55 that lead to the creation of the L7/M68 105mm gun?

 

I thought that was in Hungary -a T-54 which was crashed into an embassy-.



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Posted 15 February 2015 - 0107 AM

 

Any photos of the famous T55 that lead to the creation of the L7/M68 105mm gun?

 

I thought that was in Hungary -a T-54 which was crashed into an embassy-.

 

 

You're right; I was a little punchy when I wrote that.  Thanks for the correction.



#35 Jim Warford

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 1619 PM

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 1154 AM

 

Any photos of the famous T55 that lead to the creation of the L7/M68 105mm gun?

 

I thought that was in Hungary -a T-54 which was crashed into an embassy-.

 

 

That sounds like a classical start for a joke!

 

By the way, an East German (or Pole, or ChzSlov, or Hungarian, take your pick) goes into a People's Police station and says:

- Comrade Policeman, two Swiss soldiers robbed me of my Soviet watch!

- Eh? Haven't you got it the wrong way round? Wasn't it two Soviet soldiers stealing your Swiss watch?

- Those are your words, not mine!



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Posted 16 February 2015 - 2343 PM

Another great photo of a T-10M...

 

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 0155 AM

Why did Russians paint a white stripe down the center lines of their tank from front to rear and side to side? I think I saw the same painting on LL Shermans and JS tanks in black and out photos from 1945.


Edited by Jonathan Chin, 17 February 2015 - 0155 AM.


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Posted 17 February 2015 - 0159 AM

Friendly fire. "Invasion stripes".



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Posted 17 February 2015 - 0418 AM

Friendly fire. "Invasion Brotherly help stripes".

FIFY. :P






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