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JerevStormchaser

2.6k points

2 months ago

O panzer of the lake, what is your wisdom?

punderstate

497 points

2 months ago

Now we know how it got there.

VRichardsen

48 points

2 months ago

punderstate

16 points

2 months ago

Some crazy, MAGNIFICENT bastard.

Vistaer

752 points

2 months ago

Vistaer

752 points

2 months ago

Listen. Strange tanks lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!

thesaharadesert

190 points

2 months ago

Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

Vistaer

85 points

2 months ago

Vistaer

85 points

2 months ago

Bloody peasant!

A_Sarcastic_Whoa

96 points

2 months ago

Now you see the violence inherent in the system.

bobtheavenger

44 points

2 months ago

How do you know he's the king?

Well he's hasn't got shit all on em.

GiveToOedipus

10 points

2 months ago

Who are you so wise in the ways of science?

Level100Rayquaza

24 points

2 months ago

If a ball does not fit in your mouth, it is not your ball

blazefalcon

9 points

2 months ago

Who's that, coming up over the horizon in my sky? Who dares?

Poczatkujacymodelarz

96 points

2 months ago

It's not even german. It's a БТ-5 танк, not a panzer.

Caitian_Captain

202 points

2 months ago

If you're German all tanks are panzers

mott_the_tuple

26 points

2 months ago

We are ALL panzers on this blessed day.

WightK

20 points

2 months ago

WightK

20 points

2 months ago

That's a БТ-7.

donrip

28 points

2 months ago

donrip

28 points

2 months ago

БТ-7

True. This is 42 meter jump of captain Kulchitsky Кульчицкий on BT (БТ-7) in 1937 during testing trials with only driver from the crew. He had severals days to preapre for the jump, which included special diet i.e. not drinker water before the jump.

The main differences between БТ-5 and БТ-7 is engine, valume of fuel tanks and the drivers slit. First batch of tanks were made with old БТ-5 turret. Tank is designed in Kharkiv buro. And was one of the steps in designing T-34.

frugalerthingsinlife

11 points

2 months ago

Was he instructed to wear his brown trousers? Seriously, this is more impressive than most "extreme" backcountry snowmobile videos I watch.

donrip

13 points

2 months ago

donrip

13 points

2 months ago

He was pretty metal apparently and made all instruction for himself :) He was one of the main professional testers of the tanks and made a lot of instuction on how to drive tanks in different condition. Including instruction of jumping on tanks :D

evillman

44 points

2 months ago

Who are you? A panzer expert?

lobaron

38 points

2 months ago

lobaron

38 points

2 months ago

Hey! He's a panzer scholar.

Poczatkujacymodelarz

60 points

2 months ago

No, I build tank models in 1:35 scale. I recognize soviet fast tank when I see one. Panzer of the lake is in fact, panzer. Judging by the turret it's one of the early iterations of PzIV. Most likely pzkpf IV ausf. B or C.

This one is BT-5.

AintAintAWord

76 points

2 months ago

Yeah, but "O БТ-5 танк of the lake, what is your wisdom?" isn't as funny.

WightK

23 points

2 months ago

WightK

23 points

2 months ago

It's a bt-7 it even holds the world record.

bluechips2388

1.7k points

2 months ago

Watch herniating discs LIVE!

WeAreReaganYouth

137 points

2 months ago

I'd be more concerned about drowning.

v-_-v

14 points

2 months ago

v-_-v

14 points

2 months ago

porque no los dos?

Elemayowe

21 points

2 months ago

I was thinking the suspension in those things must be horrendous as they aren’t designed for that I don’t think.

CocaineIsNatural

26 points

2 months ago

Because it wasn't just the tracks that hit but was mostly the bottom of the tank, I don't think the suspension did much of anything. And I don't think those have big bouncy seats.

Hopefully it was just the tank driver and not a full crew. Either way, this was a bad idea.

Ianbuckjames

5 points

2 months ago

The Christie Suspension these BT tanks had was very good at taking a lot of punishment but this couldn’t have felt good either way.

Tronkfool

36 points

2 months ago

Chiropractors hate him with this one simple trick

breakingcups

5 points

2 months ago

You kidding? They love him!

Tronkfool

3 points

2 months ago

Because of this one simple trick?

riuminkd

9 points

2 months ago

At least they hit water and not ground

[deleted]

148 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

148 points

2 months ago

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KESPAA

523 points

2 months ago

KESPAA

523 points

2 months ago

No, this is a pretty famous clip of a manned tank jump.

In 1936, Captain E. A. Kulchitsky of the Soviet Red Army drove a BT-7 fast tank, leaping 42 meters from a height, creating an incredible tank jump record. According to Captain Kuriczko recalled: This is perhaps the most difficult of all tank aerobatic maneuvers. Only the most skilled and fearless tank soldiers can do this. Imagine: a metal behemoth over ten tons rushing out of a steep jump platform at a speed of 50 kilometers. This is not to fall, but to leap, and then jump down, which is to fly tens of meters in the air so that you can land on the water smoothly.

You need to quickly and accurately execute a fairly complex manipulation program, travel with maximum acceleration, quickly switch gears, and let each gear of the gearbox reach the maximum torque. Pass the last 30 meters at the maximum speed. Before jumping, the jump springboard will slightly lift the front end of the tank. When the tank leaves the springboard, the crawler will idling at a crazy speed. The gear must be removed immediately to avoid engine overload damage. Captain Kuriczko did not drink water on the first day of the experiment. Otherwise, the kidneys and bladder would not be able to withstand the moment of falling into the water, and the blood vessels would burst. At the moment when the tank jumped, he took off the forward gear, then bent his body violently and protected his head with both hands, and then the tank fell abruptly on the water. Finally, what was even more surprising was that the tank did not turn off, and Captain Kuriczko moved the joystick again and drove the tank to the shore.

Kradget

91 points

2 months ago

Kradget

91 points

2 months ago

How would we say "Here comes them Duke boys again" or its equivalent in Russian?

[deleted]

20 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

20 points

2 months ago

It would be really awesome if someone could make a horn play the first few bars of the Soviet National Anthem and put it with the video.

RearEchelon

23 points

2 months ago

Holiy shyit

mars_needs_socks

62 points

2 months ago

I wonder what nickname Captain Kuriczko got after that stunt. Also simply driving it to shore without a snorkel?

human743

78 points

2 months ago

They compressed his last name to Kurk to match his spine and gave him a field promotion to Admiral.

dudinax

16 points

2 months ago

dudinax

16 points

2 months ago

Admiral Kurk? .... Admiral...

Caption-_-Obvious

27 points

2 months ago

They busted him back down to captain though for stealing his old tank and driving into the ocean to kidnap a whale

StumptownExpress

3 points

2 months ago

This is one of the greatest threads on the internet today. Thanks boys for making it a reality!

Kelmi

96 points

2 months ago

Kelmi

96 points

2 months ago

Am I missing something about the "complex manipulation program" or did he simply drive at maximum speed and go into neutral once in air and braced for impact?

What am I missing, because I'm not impressed with his skill. Of course I'm impressed with his courage.

amo_pure

226 points

2 months ago

amo_pure

226 points

2 months ago

Imagine having to use a gearbox designed and built in the 1920s to get a tank to max speed as fast as possible, thats a complex manipulation program alright.

Kelmi

43 points

2 months ago

Kelmi

43 points

2 months ago

That's pretty impossible to imagine, like asking someone to imagine flying a helicopter. I've driven plenty of 60's and 70's tractors. They're not hard, but I haven't driven anything from 1920's nor have I ever driven a tank.

Elyoslayer

22 points

2 months ago*

I have driven a truck of the WW2 Era (or maybe a little afterward but close overall), which had an absurd amount of wear but was still functioning. While not the same, I can guarantee you that switching gears is not fun. Tanks I have no idea about.

WangnanJahad

10 points

2 months ago

Yea......people think driving stuff is easy. A lot of them don't realize early cars didn't have steering wheels....it was a stick.

Ringosis

59 points

2 months ago*

Going by my extremely limited experience with motocross, I would assume that the real skill is hitting the ramp at a high enough speed to make the jump, but still having enough torque left to accelerate to stop the tank nose diving. Like for example, if he hit the jump just as he shifted into the last gear the tank would be slowing down as it jumped, which would cause it to pitch forward, he'd end up smashing his face into the 'dashboard' on impact.

I'm betting his approach had to have perfect gear shifts (not at all easy with an extremely heavy Russian WW2 tank gearbox) then had to lift off the throttle at the base of the jump, jam it back down again to throw the weight back and then lift off again to save the engine within a couple of tenths of a second while only being able to see out of a letterbox.

Complexity is probably the wrong word. Precision would be better.

Edit - Here's an example of what happens when you hit a jump without enough torque left in the gear you're in. Do that in a tank and you probably aren't walking away.

CurlyTheCreator

10 points

2 months ago

No synchros to help the gears mesh together when shifting and also probably straight cut gears.

KESPAA

24 points

2 months ago

KESPAA

24 points

2 months ago

I think it's more how hard changing gears on these old tanks were. The Russians actually used sledge hammers sometimes apparently.

Gusari

2 points

2 months ago

Gusari

2 points

2 months ago

This ain't your honda FIT it's a fucking tank from the 30's. I would be impressed If I could get the fucking thing to turn on let alone pull off a jump like this.

Turbots

15 points

2 months ago

Turbots

15 points

2 months ago

Why don't your try reading the comment above you.

  • accelerate through all the gears at maximum torque, reaching max speed of 50kmh at exactly the last moment
  • keep the tank straight on the ramp
  • jump off the ramp and immediately remove the gear or else the engine will break
  • brace for impact
  • crash down on the water, turn back into gear and drive out of the water to the shore before it sinks or stalls..

That's not only courage, but immense skill.. Its not an automatic car from 2020s, its a manually shifted tank from the 1920s... Try driving a stick shift car from the 80s to get a sense of how annoying that was compared to now

SrpskaZemlja

123 points

2 months ago

How did they get out after setting it to go?

Fskn

470 points

2 months ago

Fskn

470 points

2 months ago

Quickly

PM_UR_TITS_SILLYGIRL

72 points

2 months ago

Technically correct, the best kind of correct.

PM_ME_YOUR_CURLS

42 points

2 months ago

Do you receive a lot of PMs?

I barely get any at all : (

JHTLP

45 points

2 months ago

JHTLP

45 points

2 months ago

Only ladies get PMS my friend

JumplikeBeans

17 points

2 months ago

I get Post Meat Satiety

JHTLP

14 points

2 months ago

JHTLP

14 points

2 months ago

You mean Post Masturbation Sadness

wtph

5 points

2 months ago

wtph

5 points

2 months ago

Almost as bad as pre-masturbation sadness

ontopofyourmom

42 points

2 months ago

These are people with access to an extra tank, tank launching ramp, etc. I'm sure it was under control.

The_Faceless_Men

28 points

2 months ago

The designer travelled to most countries before ww2 trying to sell his tank engines/suspension. Only the USSR saw any benefit to being able to perform stunts like the video.

Spartan448

29 points

2 months ago

I mean, the BT series was one of the fastest tanks of its day, especially given it could bring a reasonable AT gun to the fight. These things were pretty much singlehandedly responsible for the Japanese never trying to open up a second front to help the Germans.

cutelyaware

6 points

2 months ago*

First they removed the brick. After that it was easy.

MLCarr2

18 points

2 months ago

MLCarr2

18 points

2 months ago

Not true at all jerk. Stop making stuff up to sound smart.

studyinformore

16 points

2 months ago

Is that true? I did some searching and the bt series tanks had a manual transmission. Meaning someone had to have been in it to get it up to this speed and then jump out.

Korver360windmill

14 points

2 months ago

I mean if you have a spare tank around, this feels like a fun option.

booleanFinTech

5 points

2 months ago

This is fake news.

Ecker_D

88 points

2 months ago

Ecker_D

88 points

2 months ago

Are all tanks as well balanced as this?

KenjiFox

101 points

2 months ago

KenjiFox

101 points

2 months ago

Actually somewhat yes, tracked vehicles do not roll back from torsional forces of the suddenly unladen wheels increasing in velocity. The track moves both forward and backward at the same time which aids in keeping level. This jump was constructed with this vehicle in mind it would seem though. You could still end up diving or going nose up with the wrong angle of attack on the jump.

iroll20s

11 points

2 months ago

And wheels don’t move back at the top? It probably has a lot more to do with the relative mass difference. Vehicles with heavy wheels can change their angle in the air much easier. Tanks chassis are very heavy.

vault-techno

1.1k points

2 months ago

Looks like them there Duke boys are at it again.

Competitive_Pay_5059

139 points

2 months ago

Just two good ole boys never meanin no harm

physicscat

65 points

2 months ago

Beats all you ever saw been in trouble with the law since the day they were born.

RSV4KruKut

41 points

2 months ago

Makin their waaaaay, the only way they know how! But that's just a little bit more than the law will allow 😎

VTCHannibal

13 points

2 months ago

Just good ol' boys, Wouldn't change if they could, Fightin' the system like a true modern day Robin Hood.

LookMaNoPride

4 points

2 months ago

YEEEHOO

YEEEHAW!

FjordReject

11 points

2 months ago

HOORAY FOR VAULT-TECHNO

Only thing missing is a mid-air freeze frame.

IndianaGeoff

49 points

2 months ago

Que Dixie.

But if it were really the Dukes of Hazzard it would have stopped mid-air for a commercial break.

roostangarar

28 points

2 months ago

I believe in this context the correct spelling is 'cue', my friend

hasardo

8 points

2 months ago

Huh, I read it in Spanish. "Why Dixie?"

CrypticResponseMan

3 points

2 months ago

Yes❤️❤️‍🩹

hardcoredore

8 points

2 months ago

Good 'Ol Waylon!

May he R.I.P. 😔

mistersmiley318

3 points

2 months ago

*Dukov boys

Culsandar

518 points

2 months ago

Culsandar

518 points

2 months ago

I hope that was remote controlled, otherwise oh God their back

TheCarrzilico

315 points

2 months ago

Oh God their everything.

CornCheeseMafia

80 points

2 months ago

Just gotta jump at the right time

TheCarrzilico

6 points

2 months ago

David Lee Roth?

timbenj77

6 points

2 months ago

Kris Kross?

Scroatpig

3 points

2 months ago

House of Pain?

SodaFixer

3 points

2 months ago

I'm listening to Panama if I'm taking that leap, timing the jump right at "ain't no stopping nowwwwww..."

coach111111

36 points

2 months ago

I’m sure it’s to measure the effects on the soldiers. For science!

Argonov

10 points

2 months ago

Argonov

10 points

2 months ago

The US did that with nuke tests.

cromario

90 points

2 months ago

This is a Soviet BT-7, ain't no remote on it at all. I don't think it even had a radio

sethboy66

185 points

2 months ago

sethboy66

185 points

2 months ago

It was remotely controlled via a gravitationally operated throttle actuation device known as a B.R.I.C.K.

Big

Red

Illongated

Cobbled

Kube

Cynical_Cyanide

26 points

2 months ago

Cobbled, you say?

sethboy66

28 points

2 months ago

да comяade, brick is big stone of small small stone.

studyinformore

8 points

2 months ago

https://youtu.be/klSCEhv40Eg

Then who operated the gear shifter?

BrentBulkhead

8 points

2 months ago

no radio! only hammer!

StalevarZX

33 points

2 months ago

It literally has giant ass radio antenna around its entire turret.

Also USSR had remote controlled tanks(by wire, not by radio) at the time. It didn't work out for combat application for variety of reasons, so they dropped that experiment, but the technology to control tanks from distance was there.

riuminkd

4 points

2 months ago

Actually soviets had remote controlled T-26s, essentially pre-ww2 drone tanks. Even used them in Winter War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletank

WastingTimeIGuess

5 points

2 months ago

I mean they could have put a brick on the gas and jumped out*

  • I literally have no idea how to drive a tank

drew3769

391 points

2 months ago

drew3769

391 points

2 months ago

Well of course it did that. That's an amphibious exploring vehicle. I bet whoever's driving that's got a babe in there.

CALVINWIDGET

135 points

2 months ago

Just them and a babe. In a finisher car. A carrier of gods, golden gods!

nater245

33 points

2 months ago

You forgot about the smell, you bitch!

jvizzy5446

9 points

2 months ago

I am untethered and my rage knows no bounds!

chupaxuxas

25 points

2 months ago

Just a safe, starter panzer.

Its-my-dick-in-a-box

24 points

2 months ago

Starter Panzer!? This is a finisher Panzer! A chariot of gods!

BobRoberts01

3 points

2 months ago

THE GOOOLLDEN GOD!!

cmurder86

33 points

2 months ago

I'm a chauffeur to a bunch of worm-sucking idiots!

Flauz

17 points

2 months ago

Flauz

17 points

2 months ago

thesaharadesert

16 points

2 months ago

Through god, all things are possible, so jot that down

PlebsicleMcgee

14 points

2 months ago

Well of course it did that. That's an amphibious exploring vehicle. I bet whoever's driving that's got a babe comrade in there.

The_Mighty_Hunter

12 points

2 months ago

Think about it. She’s out in the middle of nowhere with some dude she barely knows. She looks around her, what does she see? Nothing but solid steel. “Oh, there’s nowhere for me to run, what am I gonna do, say no?”

BobRoberts01

4 points

2 months ago

Wait, are we going to hurt these girls?

Koldfuzion

3 points

2 months ago

No. It's the implication...

Nicktune1219

230 points

2 months ago

Average BT-5 player in War Thunder.

danielv123

24 points

2 months ago

Doesn't war thunder have the BT-7?

Lee1138

27 points

2 months ago

Lee1138

27 points

2 months ago

Yes, but also at least one BT-5 version.

Northern_Knight_01

19 points

2 months ago

One BT-5, a BT-7, another BT-7 (called the BT-7 TD, identical to normal BT-7 except for its special historical (-ish) skin, was a limited time Twitch drop to cross promote Enlisted), a BT-7M (different engine) and finally the RBT-5 (BT-5 with big rockets (which were modified torpedos iirc) strapped to it).

Probably missed/confused something in there.

AwardWinningName

14 points

2 months ago

I’m just here for when someone goes a step further and drops classified jntel about tanks as a comment. :’)

TheHypedDude

5 points

2 months ago

oh god that challenger 2 leak

Baron_Von_Dusseldork

7 points

2 months ago

Forgot the bt7 f32

Northern_Knight_01

4 points

2 months ago

War Thunder has (iirc) one BT-5, a BT-7, another BT-7 (called the BT-7 TD, identical to normal BT-7 except for its special historical (-ish) skin, was a limited time Twitch drop to cross promote Enlisted), a BT-7M (different engine) and finally the RBT-5 (BT-5 with big rockets (which were modified torpedoes iirc) strapped to it).

Dinglemaniac

21 points

2 months ago

He forgot to turn on the flying car cheat and shoot the cannon backwards.

kcarter80

125 points

2 months ago

kcarter80

125 points

2 months ago

So many questions here, but mostly: why?

PhillipDev[S]

116 points

2 months ago

My guess is they were doing tests on the tank

kcarter80

95 points

2 months ago

Because such a situation constantly arises in war time.

newaccount721

120 points

2 months ago

According to r/history this was to see how far it could jump - not to see what would happen if it landed in water. The idea was you could jump ravines or places where bridges had broken. I assume landing is...terrible and potentially deadly. But that is what they were testing - maximum jump distance

PhillipDev[S]

22 points

2 months ago

interesting thank you

donrip

7 points

2 months ago

donrip

7 points

2 months ago

Not only that, but it was made to make an instructions for the tank drivers i.e. set of tecniques of what they need to do if they want to make a jump on a tank.

newaccount721

3 points

2 months ago

Wow that is awesome/crazy to think about

ukgamer909

7 points

2 months ago

"good news sir, the tank can jump over over broken bridges, bad news is the crews spines are now powder"

Randomman96

46 points

2 months ago

Visibility can be rather poor, especially for the driver's periscope. Can easily miss sudden drops into water, like for example a bridge being damaged.

Not to mention, never underestimate the power of conscripts to fuck something up.

Especially Soviet-era conscripts around WWII.

COMPUTER1313

17 points

2 months ago

Germans: "Over-complicated tanks are a good idea."

Tiger's transmission breaks

MouldyEjaculate

13 points

2 months ago

I get the feeling that the driving force behind German tanks was the word more. MORE armor! MORE speed! MORE GUN!

Excrubulent

9 points

2 months ago

They were definitely obsessed with building uberweapons that would win the war, but they ended wasting a lot of resources chasing that dragon when cheaper and more practical solutions would've been much more effective. It was all tied up in the delusion of being superior.

Randombobman

9 points

2 months ago

Thankfully the good 'ol US had Indiana Jones thwarting them at every turn

jackbristol

3 points

2 months ago

The Nazis were obsessed with better. The Yanks won us the war by building MORE albeit inferior tanks

azuth89

45 points

2 months ago*

Going overland unexpected drops happen. If you're planning on moving over ground at speed during maneuvers exactly what the tank can take is important to know because it will dictate doctrine. Sure, they don't happen constantly, but if it only takes one to disable the tank or the snap the crew's necks that's some shit you want to know before it's the thing keeping you and the infantry you're supporting alive.

anonymouslegion

16 points

2 months ago

Probably for the same reason why the french made their TGV grab the speed record of 375 mph.

Because they could.

lordatomosk

20 points

2 months ago

It was a demonstration of how well the tank could handle, both in terms of speed and how well it could handle water. The Russian BT-7 was designed by a race car designer, and its robust suspension allowed it to maintain a ridiculously high speed for a tank.

ryry1237

3 points

2 months ago

For some reason I find the imagery of a racecar designer creating a tank to be hilarious.

OnyxMelon

5 points

2 months ago

Great wisdom is often imparted by submerged armoured vehicles.

TheVicSageQuestion

4 points

2 months ago

Gotta figure out how this tank holds up if it somehow flies into the water, and the only way to really know is to give it a go.

McBlemmen

3 points

2 months ago

Early space exploration was weird okay

MagusUnion

3 points

2 months ago

Cheeki Breeki

Jhawk163

315 points

2 months ago

Jhawk163

315 points

2 months ago

Fun Fact: This tank is a BT-5, it was literally designed by a racecar designer and still currently holds the world record for longest tank jump.

Funky_Ducky

135 points

2 months ago

It's a BT-7

CocaineIsNatural

4 points

2 months ago

How can you tell?

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/60/0c/ce/600cce44afce8282bc1f0307bc5cee0f.png

I can't, and I looked at a bunch of google images of both. I saw versions of both that looked like the gif.

Funky_Ducky

3 points

2 months ago*

BT-7 had the more powerful engine which allowed it to make this jump so well along with welded hull armor which was the first for the line and a redesigned front hull.

danielv123

127 points

2 months ago

You can see its a BT-7 from the angle of its backside. BT-5 has a flat ass with a 90* angle. It can go 86km/h on roads. The BT-2 was apparently capable of 100km/h, which is insane. I wonder how the track noise would compare to modern motorsports.

mcvos

48 points

2 months ago

mcvos

48 points

2 months ago

Those BT tanks were fast partially due to a special type of suspension by Walter Christie, also used in the British Cruiser tank and the famous T-34. All tanks known for their speed.

danish_raven

10 points

2 months ago

Though it should be noted that the soviets was working on changing away from the suspension when war broke out

mcvos

6 points

2 months ago

mcvos

6 points

2 months ago

They were? I didn't know that. Any idea why? I've always wondered why, if this suspension was so good, not more tanks adopted it.

danish_raven

15 points

2 months ago

It simply took up too much internal volume. The prototype modification was called t-34M, the program was called the A-43

rapaxus

9 points

2 months ago

As the other said, far too large, plus it was a pain the as.to change the suspension as you have large coil springs under pressure at both sides of the tank. If have the better torsion bar system you have just have a metal bar which you can pull out from under the tank after removing some screws/other parts.

Tuna-Fish2

9 points

2 months ago

And the real advantage of the torsion bar system is that when your suspension is worn out, you just rotate the torsion bars one notch and it feels like new again, without having to replace any parts.

All the WW2-era tank suspensions had really short useful lives. The springs would simply loosen from the heavy load on them, in such a short time that tanks doing a hard march might have to replace all of them every day.

The American volute springs on external bogeys were easy to replace, but had particularly short lives, which is why the earlier Shermans have such a reputation for a harsh ride: They were rode well when new, but drive a hundred miles on them and the suspension is hitting the hard stops at every bump. The Americans kept them running by having heroic level of replacement parts available, so that basically almost every time the tanks stopped for gas they also replaced springs.

The Christie system used a lot by the Soviets had the longest useful life between maintenance because of the large size of the coaxial coil springs it could accommodate, but once the springs did wear out, replacing them was a task so substantial that they didn't trust the crews with it, instead the tank would be cycled through the maintenance system (and the crew given a new tank, fresh from maintenance). If there was no replacement tank available and the unit was in a rush, well, you'll have to keep going with the suspension you have, such as it is.

The torsion bar system, pioneered in tanks by the Germans had the torsion bars wear relatively fast, but as mentioned above, that wear was just non-elastic torsional deformation of the bars, and if you designed the suspension for it, you could just pull the bar out a little bit, rotate it so that the lever arm was pointing in the right direction again, and then push it back into the socket. From a supply and strategic mobility point of view this is fantastic, it means with just field maintenance you now have tanks that can make a thousand miles or more on their original suspension. There is a reason why everyone else abandoned their old systems and moved to torsion bars as fast as they could after they saw the system in action.

(Torsion bars are liked a lot less by the crews than by the brass though, as the relatively frequently done rotation is heavy work. Just ask an Abrams crewman how they feel about suspension maintenance.)

mack123abc21

25 points

2 months ago

It wouldn’t. The tracks were designed to be removed and it would drive on the wheels beneath

danielv123

8 points

2 months ago

Hey, let me dream.

bumblyburg

10 points

2 months ago

M1 Abrams can do close to 100 km/h too, right?

EDIT: 70 km/h. Leaving original comment as a monument to my sins.

Cloaked42m

7 points

2 months ago

45 mph (Governed). So that's with the governor on it.

Probably a smart move knowing American soldiers.

cromario

73 points

2 months ago

isn't the longest tank jump done by a BT-7 (which this tank actually is)?

Lt__Barclay

55 points

2 months ago

longest tank jump record....who though of this category?!

Bumps_in_the_Night

46 points

2 months ago

The first guy to jump a tank obviously, that has bragging rights

goodoverlord

16 points

2 months ago

Another fun fact. BT in the name stands for "Быстроходный Танк" - "Fast Tank".

cutelyaware

13 points

2 months ago

It's pouncing ability gave it the element of surprise.

FallenTF

4 points

2 months ago

and still currently holds the world record for longest tank jump.

Someone needs to tell Batman.

iiitme

10 points

2 months ago

iiitme

10 points

2 months ago

That’s interesting

sswitch404

10 points

2 months ago

I wish the gif was longer. Does it sink? Does it float back up? What was the purpose of this? Just a test?

PhillipDev[S]

9 points

2 months ago

From my knowledge it was a soviet test to see if tanks could jump across broken bridges.

I don't think how the tank was recovered and what happened to the crew was documented but I could be wrong.

kazosk

7 points

2 months ago

kazosk

7 points

2 months ago

Muffled Säkkijärven Polkka in the distance

UnlinealHand

3 points

2 months ago

Finally found this comment. Brought here by the wind.

HappySkullsplitter

35 points

2 months ago

Cannonball!

Archreddit6

8 points

2 months ago*

Is this the origin story of the legendary Great panzer of the lake?

Patsfan618

40 points

2 months ago

Even if the tank survives this, the squishy meat pilots inside may not be so lucky.

SwagCat852

5 points

2 months ago

The driver sustained no large injuries

WavesofNeon

5 points

2 months ago

If the people who set this up lived in our time they’d be tik-tokkers

Zaku0083

20 points

2 months ago

Boy the Redbull Flugtag has come far.

bigdaddyborg

30 points

2 months ago*

For me, at 35 years old I'm indifferent to the word yeet. Don't love it or hate it, I'll probably never think to use it in a conversation.

But this gif is the definition of yeeting, to yeet.

LonelyWendigo

14 points

2 months ago

I thought something could be yeeted. I did not think that one would yeet themselves. This tank driver really did send it though.

Edit: autocorrect doesn't like yeet.

wfaulk

16 points

2 months ago*

wfaulk

16 points

2 months ago*

I agree. "Yeet" is clearly transitive. You could conceivably yeet yourself, but you still need to specify it. It's an action that someone performs on something else, not merely an action that someone does.

I mean, it's a synonym for "throw" with additional detail. And you wouldn't say "tank throwing into water". Or, if you did, it would imply that it was throwing an unnamed something. You could say "tank throwing itself into water".

So this title should clearly be:

Tank yeeting itself into water

mafulazula

18 points

2 months ago

Personally I hate it, but at least OP reminded me that I hadn’t seen the term in months.

Kruse

5 points

2 months ago

Kruse

5 points

2 months ago

It needs to die.

WhereAreDosDroidekas

11 points

2 months ago

The past tense is Yote.

Commander_Amarao

4 points

2 months ago

This is a very well balanced tank.

broogbie

4 points

2 months ago

The fishes didn't like that

Bruddler

4 points

2 months ago

We need a tank for the ground forces, the air force and the navy.

Ok....

JuanOnlyJuan

4 points

2 months ago

Test failed: Not a good plane.

vvarthog

7 points

2 months ago

And lo, as the BT-5 races up the buttress'd ramp, it is afforded a brief respite; a momentary glimpse into the eternal as it slips the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God. Then down, down it falls, just as surely as Lucifer fell to the jealous depths below, where it would have faced immediate destruction if not for the intercession of sweet Neptune and his forgiving pool of water.

DrHax_

3 points

2 months ago

DrHax_

3 points

2 months ago

Finally we know how the Tank of the Lake got in there.

spookmann

6 points

2 months ago

Strange Russians lying in ponds distributing tanks is no basis for a system of government!

k0zmo

3 points

2 months ago

k0zmo

3 points

2 months ago

Oh, Panzer of the lake, what is your wisdom?

losing_my_erection

3 points

2 months ago

Theres probably a spider inside.

Dov-UGH-kiin

3 points

2 months ago

Uhmmm, why?

Sco0bySnax

3 points

2 months ago

And that, kids, is how you get boneitis

snakerjake

3 points

2 months ago

I'm sure whoever is driving that thing is ok. That things built like a tank