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#41 zaarin7

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 0938 AM

It was meant to aid in avoiding fire from friendly air units. I've seen the same thing on pics of armor going into Poland in 1939.



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Posted 17 February 2015 - 1030 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."

 

Old grandfather goes to the GUM in Moscow in the 1970s, ends up waiting for two hours to buy a loaf of bread.  Then when he gets to the front of the queue, the clerk tells him the bread has sold out.  He can see a van full of bread loaves in a nearby alley and so he yells out:  "I am a hero of the Revolution!  I fought the Nazis in Stalingrad!  I served the Motherland and protected her as she protected us!  This is an outrage!"

 

A young man in a heavy overcoat steps up and claps his arm around the fellow's shoulders and says "Well, you know, Comrade, we must all make do the best we can eh?  Now...please, don't create a fuss or..." and he winks, smiles and makes a pistol motion towards his temple.  The man walks home dejectedly.  When he gets home his wife sees he is empty handed and says "Ivan!  What happened?  Are they out of bread?"  He sits down at the table and groans.  "Worse!  They are out of bullets!"



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Posted 28 February 2015 - 1701 PM



Rare IS-3 based ARV/heavy prime mover.

 

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#44 Jim Warford

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 1706 PM

Welcome home for Polish troops returning home from Operation Danube... 

 

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PT-76, T-54, and IS-2 ARV...

 

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Posted 28 February 2015 - 1717 PM

LOL :D

 

On the left: Long live the USSR - a bulwark of peace and socialism

 

On the right: With creative work of the nation we welcome 5th congress of PZPR (Polish United Workers Party)


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#46 Jim Warford

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Posted 09 March 2015 - 2236 PM

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

 

ZEIT ONLINE Year: 1994

 

Issue: 34

 

"Was the East German army in 1968 participated in the invasion of Prague? According to Stasi documents seized in East Berlin soldiers not include: Always ready

 

However, the documentation also supported the previous findings that the National People's Army (NVA) of the GDR did not intervene with their own combat forces in Czechoslovakia. Monika Tantzscher, the body responsible for this research associate of the Gauck Authority, white, inter alia, from the hand of the Act Stasi minister Erich Mielke , "that at that time only a news department of the NVA crossed the border." Although the entire NVA was transferred to increased combat readiness, and the 7th Armoured Division was in reserve ready. These associations, as Defense Minister Heinz Hoffmann wrote, were "on solving tasks on the territory of Czechoslovakia prepared" and ready to "fulfill all tasks". But they did not seem to interfere.

 

At a meeting of the Czechoslovak president Ludvic Svoboda generals of the Soviet UnionPoland, Hungary, Bulgaria and the GDR, the Deputy Secretary of Defense noted Heinz Kessler few days after the invasion, it was argued that troops of the NVA not befänden on Czechoslovak territory. As Svoboda interjected, but there are reports that the troops of the NVA were in the northern part of Czechoslovakia, "these rumors," both of NVA General Martin Bleck and by the Soviet Army General Pawlowski as "untrue" were rejected."



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Posted 09 March 2015 - 2241 PM

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I remember the pic below from several years ago...can anyone confirm the type of IR searchlight being used on these T-54s during the invasion?

 

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#48 Jim Warford

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 2246 PM

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 2305 PM

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 0817 AM

BM-24T, quite a rare one...



#51 Jim Warford

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 2239 PM

Crowd demonstration and "statement" against the Soviet invasion... 

 

Translation:

 

"Another important area of resistance of the population against the invasion of foreign troops was the forecourt of the former District National Committee. There he stood on a pedestal Soviet tank and the next day occupation was held here immense manifestation Trutnovanů.The tank was cut away barrel and Tatra truck with a winch was pulled down from the stand. "The famous Soviet tank had to Trutnov no relationship, because the tanks in Trutnov in 1945 have never been. This tank there was in the first half of the sixties installed. It was to be an expression of our gratitude for the liberation of the Soviet Union.Population Trutnova However, it was understood quite differently. When the Soviets arrived on August 21, the next day was held here obromná demonstration of at least three thousand people and was the demolition of the tank from the base. When the tank fell down, so it caused a huge applause and screams, "said Trutnovinkám historian Vladimir Wolf, an eyewitness of the dramatic events in Trutnov."

 

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 0910 AM

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#53 Jim Warford

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 2347 PM

Here's another look...

 

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#54 Jim Warford

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 2142 PM

Polish view of Operation Danube...

 

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T-54 Polish Army...

 

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Soviet armor...

 

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#55 Jim Warford

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 2242 PM

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 0126 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."

 

Old grandfather goes to the GUM in Moscow in the 1970s, ends up waiting for two hours to buy a loaf of bread.  Then when he gets to the front of the queue, the clerk tells him the bread has sold out.  He can see a van full of bread loaves in a nearby alley and so he yells out:  "I am a hero of the Revolution!  I fought the Nazis in Stalingrad!  I served the Motherland and protected her as she protected us!  This is an outrage!"

 

A young man in a heavy overcoat steps up and claps his arm around the fellow's shoulders and says "Well, you know, Comrade, we must all make do the best we can eh?  Now...please, don't create a fuss or..." and he winks, smiles and makes a pistol motion towards his temple.  The man walks home dejectedly.  When he gets home his wife sees he is empty handed and says "Ivan!  What happened?  Are they out of bread?"  He sits down at the table and groans.  "Worse!  They are out of bullets!"

 

Funny I was in the Gum department store in the summer of 1970, lining up to buy something



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Posted 23 August 2015 - 0422 AM

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#58 Jim Warford

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 2022 PM

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Great pics here as well. Thanks!



#59 Jim Warford

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 2035 PM

This is interesting...

 

From: “SOVIET AND EAST EUROPEAN GENERAL PURPOSE FORCES” (Oct 1968) (TS/U):

 

“Carpathian Front before the Czech intervention, the Soviets had planned to form a Front from the Carpathian Military District to replace the Czech forces after the initial hostilities in the central region. The Front would be formed from existing units of the Carpathian MD, supplemented by mobilization. These forces consist of three field armies, a tactical air army, and some combat and service support units. The three field armies include the 8th Tank Army with four tank divisions, and two combined arms armies, the 13th and 38th, each with four motorized rifle divisions. Prior to the Czech intervention, the 13th Army had one combat-ready division while the 38th Army had two. The remaining five motorized rifle divisions were Category II with reduced personnel and equipment strength, as were the combat and service support units of these armies. 

 

We believe that the Carpathian MD has a higher level of combat readiness than any other MD in the USSR. The tank army could probably complete its mobilization and deployment into Czechoslovakia in about one week. The other two armies could move their combat-ready divisions into Czechoslovakia within a week, but the remainder of the two armies and the front support units probably would require an additional week to move up. The 38th Army controlled four divisions in the Carpathian MD which threatened and later intervened in Czechoslovakia. These included all three combat-ready divisions of the 13th and 38th Armies, plus one from the 8th Tank Army. A portion of the Carpathian MD's forces were mobilized under cover of the July-August rear services exercise to support this deployment. As many as three Category II divisions from the 13th Army were mobilized at the same time but not deployed. The Czechoslovakian situation probably obliged the Soviets to deploy an army made up of divisions detached from several other armies because the deployment occurred well before the partial mobilization."

 

From: “Warsaw Pact FRONTS Within the Western Theater of Military Operations” (Late 1981) (S/U):

 

"The Carpathian FRONT advances through southern Poland and Czechoslovakia on the southern Poland - Prague - Nuernberg - Karlsruhe - France axis."

 

These two reports confirm what was already pretty much accepted...the Soviet/Warsaw Pact mobilization and go-to-war plan (had the balloon gone up), was actually dress-rehearsed during Operation Danube.   



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 2132 PM



 

 

I remember the pic below from several years ago...can anyone confirm the type of IR searchlight being used on these T-54s during the invasion?

 

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...and another pic of this same type of searchlight on a T54/55...does anyone know anything about this searchlight? 

 

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