Why Russian Tanks Explode When Hit

History and War

Russian tanks used in modern conflicts have had very bad tendency of suffering catastrophic explosions. When penetrated into the magazine (“ammoracked” for gamers), Russian designs (particularly T-72 and its derivatives) tend to be violently relieved of their turret, which can fly off even some dozens of meters away.

The reason for this tendency towards turret throwing championship is their design decision – but not the one that is typically blamed for it.

Usual answer for why Russian tanks tend to explode is their use of the autoloader. Decision for using the autoloader is a logical one for the Soviet tank doctrine. It makes the tank much smaller, especially the turret – T-72 is almost a foot shorter than the M1 Abrams, allowing it to take cover more easily. Smaller profile also helps make the tank more mobile, as the same amount of armor can be had at the lower…

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Know Your Enemy: The Russian BTR

H/T Mason Dixon Survivalist Association

 

 

 

Not to be confused with the Russian BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

 

Know Your History: The Russo-Japanese War of 1904

The Russo-Japanese War of 1904

 

In 1904, Russia and Japan fought a war over Korea and China. This was a large conflict that threatened to shape the future of east Asia for centuries – but curiously, it was never organically resolved. Let’s take a look at this war together.

 

Shooting Your Enemy’s Leaders Seems To Work (In Cyrillic, At Least)

Shooting Your Enemy’s Leaders Seems To Work (In Cyrillic, At Least)

 

I am all about learning lessons from the current Goat Rodeo in Ukraine to apply here at home where the real enemies are.

One of those lessons is this:

EVERY MAN a Rifleman!

Because the Most Dangerous Thing in the World is a Dedicated Man and his Rifle!

Because it’s not just about Shooting People, it’s about Shooting the RIGHT People.

 

Train Frequently and Prepare Accordingly.