Thursday, December 10, 2015

Good fences, good armor

I'm posting more fences which appear in photos I took at the Tempe army base, Bloemfontein. We'd been on the annual toy run which started at a large shopping complex outside the city and ended at the Armor Museum at the base. 

Friend, Etiene who rode with us, told me he'd done his basic training at this camp. He was most knowledgeable about the armored cars, tanks, Bedford Trucks and more.
The above tank was seconded in Durban harbor during the 1980's war in Angola. The SA Defense force seized it and brought it to Bloemfontein. Etiene says at the time he and his fellow troops were training to man a South African armored car. But when they saw THIS monster, he said they all quaked in their army boots! 

Another army vehicle - the spoils of war - with the Russian emblem on it
 The above vehicle was known as a landmine de-activator. The cruel-looking spikes on the trailer attached to the front of the vehicle were bomb-proof and worked well in setting off landmines in reasonable safety
Etiene gives me the gen on this British Armored vehicle from WWII ...
...named Churchill
Another tank (amphibious) captured in Angola, in the 80's
The specs of this item of Spoils of War, were on the plaque attached to the side 
Another on-land and in-water tank...
...spoils of War (Angola) 

I'm linking to Good Fences Thursday here



  1. Hello Jo, cool series on the army tanks. What an interesting museum to visit. Great shots.
    Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  2. i think i would get claustrophobic in a tank!

  3. I didn't know there were so many different kinds of tanks. I've always thought a tank was a tank!

  4. i would love to see these in person. for fun. i would not want to be on the receiving end of these monsters. now we have drones that are 2 feet long that can do as much or more damage and theperson doesn't have to ride in it.

  5. What great things to see - I'm always fascinated by military hardware.

  6. It's not everyday you see a tank, pretty cool.


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