Knocked out male Mark IV 'Beutepanzer', Western Front WW1


This picture is strangely beautiful. Like, I'm sure that sounds macabre and we do not mean it by doing this. Similar to this plain thing seems ancient as it sits for the photo, timeless. might be stupid, ...



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  • This photo is strangely beautiful. Like, I'm sure that sounds macabre and I don't mean it that way. More like this thing appears ancient as it sits for the photo, timeless.
  • might be stupid, but what makes it male?
  • The main gun. Machinegun only tanks were considered female. Those with canons were males.
  • Omg, did you just assume its caliber?
  • No, he measured it.
  • What if they had canons but identified as female?
  • Mechanics can do operations to fix that now. Back in the day though, it was a much harder life for transarmed tanks.
  • Looks like an explosion from the inside - arty round dropping down on it?
  • Quite comprehensively knocked out, literally, with not much left inside.
  • Knocked out would not be the fully correct phrase. The army would call this "destroyed" meaning it cannot be salvaged. Technically, a tank is considered knocked out if it is rendered unsuitable for combat due to enemy action. Track shot off? Its knocked out. Penetration into the transmission? Knocked out. Tank burns or explodes? Destroyed. The distinction is important because knocked out tanks can often be recovered, repaired, and put back into service. In fact, that's likely exactly how the Germans got their hands on this tank.
  • I kind of meant knocked OUT, as in it's had it's guts punched out. As in much more than just down for a ten count.
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