posted on Jul, 8 2005 @ 10:48 PM
Originally posted by Figher Master FIN
PICS OF ABRAMS DESTROYED BY TALIBANS...
actually that Abrams in the first pic we had to blow it up to prevent it from falling enemy hands as u can see that hole in the turret, no doubt from
a sabot round. the tank was damage and could not continue to move and it was in one of the thundering runs into Baghdad so there were no recovery
vehicles with them so they decided to destroy it.
[edit on 8-7-2005 by deltaboy]
Well, what about the other pictures... And hey... already the fact that they decided to destroy it themself meant tht it had gone to a shape... A
shape that was impossible to fix... and that means that it's weak against talibans... Cos' it didn't get shot down by an enemy tank...!!!
Actually, they decided to destroy it because for one reason or another it wasn't able to keep moving, and it would take awhile for the tank recovery
vehicles to arrive, so instead of risking it falling into enemy hands, they blew it up, so the enemy forces wouldn't be able to use it, or learn
anything from it.
As far as the M-1 not facing large numbers of T-72s, 73 Easting was all M-1s vs T-72s, as well as several other battles. Equal or slightly higher
numbers of T-72s vs M-1s. The Iraqi forces were using a Tungsten penetrator, that would bounce off the M-1 as evidence in the 3v1 engagement with the
stuck M-1. Many Iraqi tanks WERE destroyed by airpower, but many were also destroyed by the M-1s. Yes, there were 1900 M-1s, and 500 T-72s, but they
didn't fight each other at the same time. They fought in small numbers, with either the T-72s outnumbering, or equal numbers.
After Desert Storm the Russians came in, and upgraded the Iraqi T-72s. They were export versions, but they all carry the same gun, and other
equipment. After the upgrade the T-72s all had laser rangefinders, and night vision equipment added to them.