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Tanks stolen from military training ground in Poland


pawian 178 | 15,562  
17 Feb 2009 /  #1
Tank thieves arrested in south east Poland
thenews.pl
12.02.2009
Two men aged 25 and 35, suspected of having stolen tanks from a
military training ground are being detained by police in £ukow, Lublin province.
One of the tanks was found by the police officers near RadzyƱ Podlaski, while it was being carried by a car transporter. The other three were being kept in private property in Lublin, next to a metal scrap yard. The thieves were trying to sell the WW II dated

vehicles, believe police.
But how was it possible that four large tanks went missing? "The military training ground is a big area and it's not monitored," says Anna Smarzak from the Regional Police Headquarters in Lublin.

The tanks were stolen on Tuesday night when about ten men equipped
with bulldozers and cranes entered the area. The tank thieves stole T-34 and T-55 tanks which were used for training. The police established that one of the witnesses saw the

tanks leave the ground but they were convinced that this was a part of normal military training.
The tanks are worth an estimated at 60,000 zloty or 13,000 euro.
The police are continuing their investigation.


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wildrover 98 | 4,451  
17 Feb 2009 /  #2
Dam...! don,t suppose i will get my deposit back on the tank i ordered...?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Feb 2009 /  #3
Tanks stolen from military training ground

is this a step up or down from BMWs?
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
17 Feb 2009 /  #4
step up or down from BMWs?

Not sure , but if they drive the tanks like they drive the BMW,s there will be carnage on the roads.....!
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Feb 2009 /  #5
frightening, huh?
Lotnik767 3 | 145  
17 Feb 2009 /  #6
BubbaWoo
Today, 14:55 Report #5

frightening, huh?

Not really!! Those tanks wore used as targets on the training field for Polish Military training!! And these tanks are old; they don't work any more they are from 1940, 50s and 60's. The plan was to scrap them/ recycle and make a quick buck! The people accountable for that got stopped and arrested and there is an inside military investigation going on!! It's so bad/poor that people will do any thing to make money to survive!! But it’s funny how the military protect their training field, god forbid it was a real life fire exercise gaining on that some on could have gotten hurt/killed!!
Bratwurst Boy 11 | 10,711  
17 Feb 2009 /  #7
They are training in T-34???
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
17 Feb 2009 /  #8
Probably not i think.....most likely they were going to be used as target practice...
Brentthruster  
17 Feb 2009 /  #9
They are training in T-34???

It is eastern europe !
OP pawian 178 | 15,562  
17 Feb 2009 /  #10
They are training in T-34???

Of course not. Read Lotnik`s explanation. It is correct.

Not really!! Those tanks wore used as targets on the training field for Polish Military training!! And these tanks are old; they don't work any more they are from 1940, 50s and 60's. The plan was to scrap them/ recycle and make a quick buck! The people accountable for that got stopped and arrested and there is an inside military investigation going on!! It's so bad/poor that people will do any thing to make money to survive!! But it’s funny how the military protect their training field, god forbid it was a real life fire exercise gaining on that some on could have gotten hurt/killed!!

Apart from being targets, the tanks also made a nice decoration of the field. You know, like in real warfare, wrecks of burnt out tanks hinder the path/way and tank drivers must watch out for them, especially at night.
JohnP - | 210  
17 Feb 2009 /  #12
I have to say that until they got caught one has to appreciate the guts to pull that stunt.
We shoot up old tanks in the U.S. as well; it is interesting that someone would just take one for recycling. Those things weigh quite a bit, I imagine that there would be considerable income just from the scrap metal.

Yes, it is also feasible that someone could just take one with a crane and a truck. That's how they probably got there in the first place...

Still I get a chuckle out of this story.

John P.
OP pawian 178 | 15,562  
17 Feb 2009 /  #13
Still I get a chuckle out of this story.

No, it is a serious matter. Those thieves should be acquitted. They are fervid environmentalists, they just couldn`t bear the sight of metal lumps littering their romantic forest.
JohnP - | 210  
17 Feb 2009 /  #14
ahhh.
environmentalists. So much for my theory of mischievious old ladies running a criminal recycling ring....
:D

John P.
OP pawian 178 | 15,562  
17 Feb 2009 /  #15
Exactly. But I didn`t copy your idea, believe me. I am not like that.
Sokrates 8 | 3,346  
17 Feb 2009 /  #16
Come to Poland your tank is already here.
JohnP - | 210  
17 Feb 2009 /  #17
Waiting for them to fix the things up...
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
17 Feb 2009 /  #18
You are thinking cars, Sokrates ;) ;)
polishcanuck 7 | 462  
20 Feb 2009 /  #19
This is the first thing that came to mind when I read the title of this thread:


miranda  
20 Feb 2009 /  #20
almost a free association. The Poles stole that tanks because they probably wanted to make some money, this guy is just plain crazy.
RubasznyRumcajs 5 | 488  
20 Feb 2009 /  #21
They are training in T-34???

nope. they are used as target during training. the same situation is in other armies (well... not wit t34 but with their old tanks)

It is eastern europe !

since where poland is in eastern europe?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
20 Feb 2009 /  #22
nope. they are used as target during training.

Then someone is not a very good shot because I can't see any damage to the tanks :)
Gregrog 4 | 100  
20 Feb 2009 /  #23
Imagine that there are some 122 mm guns firing to tank from WWII. After few shots there wouldn't be nothing except big hole;) Soldiers are using shells with paint or only with laser targeting.
Mr Grunwald 31 | 2,081  
8 Nov 2009 /  #24
since where poland is in eastern europe?

Well for some the "Berlin bauer" still excist!

Really, how hard is it to get that something like: South-Eastern, North-Western, North-Eastern, South Eastern & Central Europe excists?

Would you place Greece in West? Would you place Greece in East?!
Balkans is it own category too...
There is more to the story then 2 sides
southern 75 | 7,096  
9 Nov 2009 /  #25
I remember in Greece some years ago a soldier visited his gf and with no car available he came to her home with his tank.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
9 Nov 2009 /  #26
It happened in Germany too...a British soldier went on the run with a stolen tank...he didn,t get so far though...they are not very economic on fuel...
Marek11111 9 | 816  
10 Nov 2009 /  #27
if the price of scrap metal will rise in U.S. we will see it as the tanks sit on U.S. military bases where everyone can access them.
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
21 Nov 2009 /  #28
Then someone is not a very good shot because I can't see any damage to the tanks :)

Your eyes are in perfect order, then. They shot at them with blanks.

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