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And they were going to be used in the coupt to topple any African party winning the election in 1980.

Other units were also briefed and prepaid . The Rh SAS were going to go into Mugabies place and slot him.

On the day of the “supposed” coupt the code word to go . Some say it it was “November” but was never given.

Or so some say .
As of last week, I have the Trumpeter Pz.Kpfm KV-2 754(r) as part of my stash. I just wonder whether you have any pics ?
A couple of shots for you

one to one scale WIP


PIV cupola fitted and shell rack fitted


Jerry can rack fitted
Model showing....erh the mods


another view of the mods and markings, such as they are



KV-2, Kenn-Nr. 754(r), with German command cupola. Originally designed for Operation Herkules (Invasion of Malta) but later diverted to the Russian front

KV-2, Kenn-Nr. 754(r), with German command cupola. Originally designed for Operation Herkules ...jpg
Interesting also in that top picture the number of turret variations.
Early '76s had a one piece hatch - pretty much half of the turret roof - but it was so heavy and obstructive to the commanders view forward that after much whining from the tankists it was revised to two separate light hatches. The commander eventually got a cupola so he could actually see what was going on when he wasn't aiming the gun. Also, there were several factories churning the things out and each one put their own variations into the base design. For example, Tank Plant 183 in Nizhny Tagil fitted spoked road wheels to their '76s whereas "Tankograd" (Chelyabinsk) fitted solid ones (although during the hiatus of moving the factories east examples could be seen with mixed wheel styles as any old wheel available was chucked on - including those salvaged from wrecks). The '85 was more standardised across the plants but individualities would still crop up, and it corrected the mistake of the two-man turret so the commander could concentrate on fighting the tank and leave the gunnery to someone else.

Over the duration of the war there were 60,000 T-34s produced, of which 50,000 were lost. The last known combat action by a T-34 was a couple of years ago in Yemen.
They equipped entire tank companies with captured tanks but moaned constantly about the unreliability of the T-34, which tends to give the lie to the constant Russian refrain that the T-34 was totally reliable and easy to keep running.
Early '76s did indeed suffer with mechanical problems. A combination of design, specification and crew training ****-ups. Both the production and training got better. Their strengths lay in the way they could be churned out faster than the over-engineered panzers (sheer weight of numbers - I've read that surviving crews returning to the rear from their knocked-out T-34 would jump straight into a new one and drive it off of the flatcar and straight back into combat during the Moscow battles, rinse and repeat as necessary) and the lack of frills and complexity (easier to operate by illiterate, ill-educated peasants).
If that were going on today some twit in hi-viz with a clipboard would be tut-tutting and telling matey-boy to remember his HSE training about not standing under the load.
Yugoslavia Somua S-35 with 57mm Anti-Tank gun.
SOMUA 57mm.jpg
Described as: A British Loyd Chassis modified with a 10.5cm main gun for German service
Actually a Light Tank MkVI, VIC probably.

Sorry Brewmeister!
Captured British Scammel truck.jpg
Captured Valentine tank.jpg
In his autobiog Wings On My Sleeve, Winkle Brown tells a great tale of living out of a captured transport aircraft in freezing temperatures, with luftwaffe pows as fitters. He was locating German jets to bring back to blighty. I believe he rated the He 162 very highly. Fascinating stuff.
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