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How are the dead crews of tanks removed? If the limbs have been severed, they can be passed out of the hatch part by part. But a human torso, let alone an intact body, weighs scores of kilos. Once rigor mortis has set in, how can a stiff intact body be manoeuvered through the small hatch without cutting up the unfortunate crewman?
Whose job was it to remove dead tank crew bodies? Were the tens of thousands of destroyed Soviet tanksmost with their 4 dead crew still inside, left to rust, or sent back to the Reich to be melted down, with the bodies still inside? Book Reviewer. For one thing Rigor Mortis is only temporary starting to set in some 3 hrs after death peaking at around 12 hrs and then starts to disappear until 3 days - the body starts getting somewhat gloopy after that.
I would suspect that bodies were either remove by medical teams or other troops in the AO, bodies were often buried close by and quickly to prevent the spread of diesease. Not a job I would wish on anyone. To get the bodies of four-five 75kg men out of a tank, at least two men would be needed to go inside the tank to maneuver each body to the turret or driver's hatch, with another two men on the outside to haul each body out, probably with ropes: several hours harrowing work? A whole number of factors beyond weight too: bodies may or may not have been considerably damaged by fire, this would destroy much of the weight incinerating the flesh entirely or partiallythis would also severely compromise the integrity of the body, skin and flesh that has been burnt parts easily from other flesh and bone.
If the body was to be removed whole it would have to be wrapped somehow to prevent it disintegrating, limbs falling off etc etc. Vastatio LE. I've seen a photo of this job being done with a brewed-up British tank in Libya in WW2. The two poor non-incinerated bastards were standing on either side of a hatch, and using a pair of what looked like long wire hooks like the sort used to pull on riding boots.
The other ends were hooked under the arms of a vaguely-humanoid-looking lump of charcoal with white bits of bone showing here and there.
At the risk of sounding inappropriate - with a bloody powerful hose! A couple of comments: Burned bodies are surprisingly light as the moisture has cooked off to a significant event. Anytime I have dealt with burned bodies I have been surprised how light they are especially dead kids. I hate dealing with dead kids though As to rigor mortis, with a bit of effort rigor can be forced out by forceful manipulation of the limbs.
Also, often burned bodies go into what is called the "pugilist" position with the hands clenched and forearms close to the chest.Picture was taken by Major Clarence L. Benjamin at the instant a few of the train people saw the tanks and first realized they had been liberated.
There they came upon a long string of grimy, ancient boxcars standing silent on the tracks. In the banks by the tracks, as if to get some pitiful comfort from the thin April sun, a multitude of people of all shades of misery spread themselves in a sorry, despairing tableaux. As the American uniforms were sighted, a great stir went through this strange camp. On the hill to the left are people resting — some forever.
Some sixteen died of starvation before food could be brought to the train. Bit by bit, as the Major found some who spoke English, the story came out. This had been-and was-a horror train. This train which contained about 2, Jews, had a few days previously left the Bergen-Belsen death camp.
This signified that these cars would accommodate 40 men or 8 horses. They were crammed into all available space and the freight cars were packed with about 60 — 70 people, with standing room only for most of them, so that they were packed in like sardines. As war came to an end, Nazis made attempts to evacuate concentration camps before Allied troops arrived.
Three trains were sent from Bergen-Belsen on April 10, with the purpose to move eastward from the Camp, to the Elbe River, where they were informed that it would not be advisable to proceed further because of the rapidly advancing Russian Army.
The train then reversed direction and proceeded to Farsleben, where they were then told that they were heading into the advancing American Army. Consequently, the train halted at Farsleben and was awaiting further orders as to where to go next. The engineers had then received their orders, to drive the train to, and onto the bridge over the Elbe River, and either blow it up, or just drive it off the end of the damaged bridge, with all of the cars of the train crashing into the river, and killing or drowning all of the occupants.
The engineers were having some second thoughts about this action, as they too would be hurtling themselves to death also this is the point at which they were discovered, just shortly after the leading elements of the rd Tank Battalion arrived on the scene. They were crammed into all available space and the freight cars were packed with about 60 — 70 people.
The attempt was evidently to get them to a camp where they could be eliminated before they could be liberated. This is Gina Rappaport, who spoke very good English and spent a couple of hours telling her story to the American troops. She was in the Warsaw ghetto under terrible conditions, and then was sent to Bergen-Belsen. Most of these Jews were from Poland, Russia and other Eastern countries, so with the total destruction of their homes, loss of families and the serious prospects of coming under the jurisdiction of the Soviets, most were fearful about their future.
Most chose the option of remaining in Germany, or the possibility of being repatriated to some other Western European countries. Eventually, many were finally repatriated to Israel, South American countries, for which many had passports, England, Canada and to the United States of America. The Germans began frantically to move the prisoners out of the camps near the front and take them to be used as forced laborers in camps inside Germany.
Prisoners were forced to march long distances in bitter cold, with little or no food, water, or rest. Those who could not keep up were shot. The largest death marches took place in the winter ofwhen the Soviet army began its liberation of Poland.
Nine days before the Soviets arrived at Auschwitz, the Germans marched tens of thousands of prisoners out of the camp toward Wodzislaw, a town thirty-five miles away, where they were put on freight trains to other camps.
About one in four died on the way.History website Argunners has published a series of previously unseen photos recently uncovered from the archives of an American four-star general who served in Europe during the Second World War.
The images show a war-torn Europe as American forces move towards Berlin. Most of them were confidential photos taken by the U. Signal Corps, and were deemed unsuitable for publication many of them are quite graphic. Palmer was allowed to have them for private use after censoring the photos, including the removal of names and places. Palmer, who served during the invasion of Normandy, the break-out from Saint-Lo, and the crossing of the Siegfried line, went on to serve in the Korean War.
He passed away on June 7, These photos were recently shared to Argunners here and here by his grandson, Daniel Palmer, to honor the memories and service of his grandfather. All photos and captions via Argunnersand are republished at io9 with permission. The first American soldier that noticed the grave decorated it with mortar shells and ferns. Dead U. Each body was placed in a mattress cover.
German prisoners can be seen doing the work of digging the graves and placing the bodies inside them. Following an attack from U.
The Germans were trying to escape encirclement by 3rd and 7th Armies. A German underground ball-bearing factory in Germany, where all size bearings were made. Shown is a row of polishing and grinding machines used to finish the bearings. This image may have been taken in the vicinity of Schweinfurt. British M-5 anti-tank mines are used to blow up German pill boxes. Some lbs of TNT were detonated inside the pill box. In the church tower on the left is a German lookout, who is also sniping at the U.
When this wrecker towing a mm Howitzer became stuck in the mud in a road, nothing less than a Bulldozer could budge it. Path of a B as it crash-landed into a snow covered field on the Seventh Army front. The pilot escaped with minor cuts when he rode the plane in after the crew bailed out. Note the damaged pole in foreground which was clipped by the plane as it came in. The charred remains of a German pilot, the plane was brought down by small arms fire on March 15, first day of Seventh Army offensive in Germany.
Interesting note: According to this forumthe plane may actually be a U. A German bridge is blown sky high by U. The surrender of the 19th Army. The end! With the final capitulation of Germany to the Allies, German soldiers who have bore arms for over five years against almost all of Europe and the U.
They seem happy that it is all over. Hand grenades and other equipment can be seen piled up beyond the rifles. Thousands of German officers and men taken in the redoubt mountains can be seen marched back over to the mountain road they once defended.My name is Oda C. My tank commander was Sgt. Bill Hey. The rest of the crew consisted of driver Roy Fahrni, assistant driver Pfc. Peter White, and loader Pvt. Homer Gordon. In December,our unit was located in the small town of Busbach, Germany, a suburb of Stolberg, and was preparing for future action in the Roer Valley.
But all that changed when the German Army started its counter-attack into the Ardennes Forest, better known as the Battle of the Bulge. Units of the 3rd Armored were suddenly pulled back into Belgium to help counter the German offensive. One morning in early January,we were in the small town of Sart, Belgium.
We moved out in line formation over an open field toward the town of Grand Sart. He retired from the Army Reserves as a Major inhaving received his commission as a Lieutenant in the Reserves in Our first bad experience was when our tank ran over a landmine. The explosion really rocked the tank and filled it with black smoke. We were lucky, however, and the only damage was a couple of flattened bogie wheels and the rubber tread blown off of a few track blocks.
We continued on and I was firing the 75mm gun at a German tank next to a barn. I had fired one armor-piercing round when all of a sudden we received a direct hit to the turret.
The shell hit the cupola ring and a flash of fire hit my periscope. The shell blew the tank commander's hatch open, took part of his head off, and then proceeded to blow off the anti-aircraft gun and mount.
Bill Hey was killed instantly and he fell down on my back, covering me with blood. By the time I could get Bill off of my back, the assistant driver had bailed out and the loader had crawled through the turret and out the assistant driver's hatch. Instead of checking to see where the gun tube was located, all I could think about was getting out of the tank, since when they hit you once they generally keep hitting you until the tank catches fire.
When I finally got Bill off of my back and crawled out of the turret, I rolled over the duffel bag rack expecting to land on the back of the tank, but instead ended up falling all the way to the ground. Fortunately, the deep snow cushioned my fall. I had mistakenly left the gun slightly to the left over the driver's hatch. When I hit the ground I crawled to the back of the tank since we were receiving machinegun fire.By Nick Enoch for MailOnline. Coloured photographs of army tanks during the Second World War show just how the arms race to develop the ultimate tank progressed for all sides during this most devastating of conflicts.
Among the spectacular pictures are infantrymen with a tank of the 11th Armoured Division, 3rd US Army advancing through a smoke-filled street in the German town of Kronach in April, One shows German artillerymen shooting Soviet tanks on a desolate plain while another shows American troops sitting on a Tiger II tank captured from the Nazis.
It forms part of a new set of colourised photographs which show army tanks during the Second World War. German tanks in the southern Soviet Union in during the early days of Operation Barbarossa. The photos show just how the arms race to develop the ultimate tank progressed for all sides during this most devastating of conflicts. Part of the rd Heavy Panzer Battalion, it is pictured in Budapest, US Captain Willard V.
Horne, Communications Officer hands the receiver of a mobile radio to Lt. Stanley James. The crew, from 'B' company, have covered their M4A3 Sherman tank in sandbags while at rest in Alsace, The incredible pictures were brought to life by colouriser Royston Leonard, 55, an electrician from Wales. Mr Leonard said it has taken him more than 60 hours of work spread over weeks of evenings to complete the set.
Above, a Panzer division. Above, the 9th SS Hohenstaufen in Normandy. His aim is to show the younger generation that war was real and not just black and white art like the way some see it. And as with all armies, any equipment left by the enemy forces gets re-used whenever possible as shown in the pictures,' he said. This motivated Germans to update their models as the arms race for the ultimate WWII tanks continued to the end of the war in German artillerymen shoot at Soviet tanks on a desolate plain in the summer of M4 Sherman tanks line up in a snow-covered field in St Vith, Belgium as the town is liberated during the Battle of the Bulge.
The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Argos AO. Share this article Share. Share or comment on this article: WWII tank photos revealed in amazing colour e-mail 1. The Germans truly had the most formidable armouredMemorialised in the Hollywood blockbuster 'A Bridge Too Far', the battle was supposed to see British troops liberate Arnhem and open a back door into Germany.
Graphic images show German soldiers laying dead in the street and allied troops being dropped onto Nazi-occupied land, unaware they would be desperately outnumbered. The devastated remains of a Dutch city which served as a battleground for Europe can also be seen. On 17 September, Operation Market, the largest airborne and glider operation in history, featuring over 5, aircraft and 35, troops, was carried out.
A month after the victorious end of the Normandy campaign, a daring operation was devised to seize a bridge north of the Rhine, at Arnhem. The initial landings went to plan but crucial intelligence provided by the Dutch resistance, who warned of a heavily-armoured Nazi corps, was fatefully ignored.
Helpless troops found themselves surrounded by smartly-trained Nazis, armed only with minimal provision and with little scope for backup. The Second Parachute Battalion was the only unit to reach the key Arnhem bridge over the Rhine where they met a staunch German defence. The remainder of the division was soon pinned down by the panzer corps in and around Arnhem, and German resistance along the single narrow road to Nijmegen and Arnhem delayed the British troops. Tanks destroyed by heavy weapons were difficult to get past, and also provided the Nazis with easy targets.
Of the ten thousand men who had landed at Arnhem, fourteen hundred were killed and over six thousand captured. In the end, only twenty-four hundred paratroopers safely crossed to the south bank of the Rhine in small rubber boats. It would be several more months of gruelling, winter warfare for troops in Europe before the Thirs Reich eventually fell.
Thousands more soldiers and civilians perished, not least the allied troops who died at the gruesome Battle of the Bulge in December It would not be until April that Arnhem was eventually liberated by British troops, who were met by an understandably jubilant Dutch population. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? We pay for videos too.
Sign in. All Football. Peggy Jones. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed here.A secret tape recorded aboard the doomed space shuttle Challenger captured the final panic-stricken moments of the crew.
Seventy-three seconds into the 28 January flight of the space shuttle Challenger the craft broke apart, killing the seven astronauts aboard. It was generally assumed and NASA did little to disturb this opinion that all aboard died the moment the external tank blew up. NASA later conceded it was likely that at least three of the crew members aboard remained conscious after the explosion, and perhaps even throughout the few minutes it took forthe crew compartment of the shuttle to fall back to Earth and slam into the Atlantic Ocean.
Such an environment breeds its own rumors, and Miami Herald reporter Dennis E. When the shuttle broke apart, the crew compartment did not lose pressure, at least not at once. As they were feeling the jolt, the four astronauts on the flight deck saw a bright flash and a cloud of steam. The lights went out.
Jewish prisoners after being liberated from a death train, 1945
The intercom went dead. After a few breaths, the seven astronauts stopped getting oxygen into their helmets.
Someone, apparently astronaut Ronald McNair, leaned forward and turned on the personal emergency air pack of shuttle pilot Michael Smith. It was not activated. Even so, if the crew compartment did not rapidly lose air pressure, Scobee would only have had to lift his mask to be able to breathe. Two other PEAPs were turned on. The three others were never found.
25 Gut-Wrenching Pictures of World War II which prove that war is hell!
Though the shuttle had broken to pieces, the crew compartment was intact. It stabilized in a nose-down attitude within 10 to 20 seconds, say the investigators. Even if the compartment was gradually losing pressure, those on the flight deck would certainly have remained conscious long enough to catch a glimpse of the green-brown Atlantic rushing toward them.
If it lost its pressurization very slowly or remained intact until it hit the water, they were conscious and cognizant all the way down.
In fact, no clear evidence was ever found that the crew cabin depressurized at all. There was certainly no sudden, catastrophic loss of air of the type that would have knocked the astronauts out within seconds. A secret NASA tape reveals that the crew of the shuttle Challenger not only survived the explosion that ripped the vessel apart; they screamed, cried, cursed and prayed for three hellish minutes before they slammed into the Atlantic and perished on January 28, What happened?
Oh God — No! Two minutes forty-five seconds later the tape ends. The astronauts had time and realized something was happening after the shuttle broke up. The sex of the speaker is indicated by M or F. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures… though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil… I will dwell in the house….
There never was such a transcript, nor was the crew of the Challenger known to have been wearing personal recorders.
Moreover, personal recorders would not have picked up the comments of crew members on different decks as the faked transcript would have us believe. Not everyone aboard died the exact second the external tank exploded; that much is known.
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