Thursday, July 7, 2016

M-60 Tanks

Murphys Law has a post up on M-60 tanks.

Brought back 50 year old memories of being in a float bridge company in Germany and seeing those monsters crossing our bridge.
 Before they crossed there would be a briefing. (In that era Army nothing happened until the briefing was over. If Ivan had come across the border someone would have told them they had to halt until we had our briefing).

 Usually the briefing was conducted by a senior sergeant. Went something like this.

   “When you are on the bridge, do not lock up your tracks.     This bends the bridge decking and we will spend a lot of time bending it back with crowbars”.

At this point you would see sly grins on the driver’s faces.

   “Understand assholes. We are also the unit that provides safety boats for your fording exercises and we have long memories. Hope you know how to swim”.

Ah, Army Sergeants. No failure to communicate.


Coffeypot said...

The all seem like a bunch of metal to rust. I know a ship does. I painted over enough rust that I believe all that is holding a ship together is the paint. And I bet that was a rough ride for all on board, too. No shocks or springs.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Drivers window on a 5 ton bridge truck needed to be replaced. Turned out the entire interior had rusted away and all that was left was layers of paint.

We operated some trucks that were built in 1943. One had patched bullet holes.

Never rode in a tank.

Old NFO said...

Interesting side story... :-)

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Thank you.