Saturday, April 4, 2015

WWII era Soviet armor engaged in Yemen conflict

What appears to be a T-34 M.1969 medium tank, suggested by the application of updated roadwheels (with one forward roadwheel seen of the earlier type.) Operated by elements of an Yemen Army armored brigade, current allegiance undetermined.

SU-100 tank destroyer fitted with updated roadwheels. This example may actually be a post-war production Czech SD-100 type. Operated by what appears to be elements of the same Yemen Army armored brigade as above T-34, current allegiance undetermined.

Photos; Scharov Evgeny

17 comments:

Mark Pyruz said...

Amazing to see these historic AFVs engaged in conflict as late as 2015.

Piruz Mollazadeh said...

Indeed!

But this is Yemen. Don't expect them to fight with Abrams or Leopards!

Brig. Gen. Basrawi (iqaf.ret) said...

And here i thought i was getting old. It is not everyday you see a piece of military hardware that surpasses ones age. :-) Iran as well as Iraq also used ww2 era tanks in the 1980s. But this takes the cake!

Anonymous said...

these things are even older than the Iranian air force

Anonymous said...

Maybe these are museum pieces that they stole from the museum...

Anonymous said...

No May be time has stopped in Arabian peninsula! and these vehicles has been imported from future!

interested party said...

They may be old and seem a museum piece. But just like a B 52 they still can be useful. Had one of these pointing my way in Croatia 91. We laughed. Then it starting firing and coming our way. We didn't laugh so much anymore.

interested party said...

Mark does the M 1969 designation attached to the T-34 indicate it was of Yugoslav manufacture?

Anonymous said...

This type of tank is more useful in Yeman because it is low tech and therefore easy to maintain in back street workshop.

Anonymous said...

T-34s guarding a Yemeni Island.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ef/16/cf/ef16cfaf3379890e749c440e54347a6a.jpg

http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/attachments/russia-soviet-union-armour-artillery-vehicles/791315d1421594196-soviet-tank-socotra-republic-yemen-img_0190.jpg

http://s00.yaplakal.com/pics/pics_original/3/5/3/4460353.jpg

http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/socotra-battle-tank-yemen-rusty-soviet-t-shore-indian-ocean-island-41928662.jpg



SD-100 captured by Houthis

http://ftr.wot-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/77745396_77745395.jpg

Anonymous said...

lmao this actually happened in Ukraine. The rebels used an IS-3 from a memorial or something to break through a barricade.

Jenceo said...

But these outdated vehicles will perform worse than the modern counterpart.

Anonymous said...

Are those T-34s operational? They look rather rusty to me.

Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness said...

What was the war started for anyways? Why did SFR Yugoslavia break-up?



I hear people in Macedonia and many other on forums just with a single wish... SFR Yugoslavia to be re-united...

Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness said...

They are on the street and moving, so yes... the rust is on the surface and help with camouflage

Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness said...

outdated does not mean worse... an old t-72 can still take on the newest chinese tanks and blow them up

Anonymous said...

Sure. So we can kill each others again.