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#1 14 years ago

i saw a pict of a jagdtiger, a wreck jadgtiger, at a russian road, that was removed in 1947, cuz it was very big my question is, after a war, when tanks where not usefull to repair and keep fighting, where were all sent? or what use did the wreck tanks spread over the big russian land receibed? maybe were towed to a big tank cementery? or melt and used to make other steel things? dont think so, cuz the steel should be mixed or contaminated after the explosion... dunno what do ya think?




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#2 14 years ago

As far as I know most obsolete things were molten. In case of ships they made coral reefs out of them or looked what happend if you nuke them.

I don't think a little hole in a tank spoils all the steel, and even if you have steel that has been mixed you can still use it in some way.

I came across a similar story to yours once, one of my uncles drove a tank on the eastern front. When he was retreating through Poland a Russian tank hit his tank (a Puma, if I remember correclty), so the crew jumped out. The Russian weren't quite content and kept firing until the tank blew up. Parts flew everywhere, among them one tire that ended up in a tree. Some 20 years later he visited that place again, and the tire was still hanging there :)




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#3 14 years ago

they made coral reefs of ships? I'm sorry I'm not following...




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#4 14 years ago
MrFancypantsAs far as I know most obsolete things were molten. In case of ships they made coral reefs out of them or looked what happend if you nuke them. I don't think a little hole in a tank spoils all the steel, and even if you have steel that has been mixed you can still use it in some way. I came across a similar story to yours once, one of my uncles drove a tank on the eastern front. When he was retreating through Poland a Russian tank hit his tank (a Puma, if I remember correclty), so the crew jumped out. The Russian weren't quite content and kept firing until the tank blew up. Parts flew everywhere, among them one tire that ended up in a tree. Some 20 years later he visited that place again, and the tire was still hanging there :)

yes this is the point, how can be towed a behemonmt of 70 tons that blows and the tracks are totally useless, and continuosly gets stuck in the ground?




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#5 14 years ago
D-Fensthey made coral reefs of ships? I'm sorry I'm not following...

It seems rusty battleships are a cosy place for corals to build a reef. So some were scuttled in suitable places to create artificial coral reefs. I read about that some months ago, I think the last ships to be scuttled because of that were some British battleships.




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#6 14 years ago
patillayes this is the point, how can be towed a behemonmt of 70 tons that blows and the tracks are totally useless, and continuosly gets stuck in the ground?

Hmh, don't know. Never tried to salvalge a 70 ton tank :) Cutting it into smaller pieces might help. Or using another tank to pull it.




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#7 14 years ago
patillayes this is the point, how can be towed a behemonmt of 70 tons that blows and the tracks are totally useless, and continuosly gets stuck in the ground?

You don't tow it. You come in and cut it up, then haul it out in pieces. At least, that's how I'd go about it. As a practical point, I'd guess that tanks lost in "convenient" places probably had any salvagable equipment removed, repaired and reissued somehow. I doubt that any side took much time to recover hulks or slag for use during the war itself (unless perhaps they happened to be very close to a foundry and smithy), but it wouldn't surprise me if wrecked vehicles were at least partially recycled or scavenged by (at least the locals) after the fact. What wasn't recovered is very likely still there, if not buried.