We all get used to those small “best before” or “expiry” labels stamped on the items from the grocery stores, but it looks like some much bigger in size things like tanks can have an expiration date too.
Here’s what the Russian blogger, ex soldier writes: “Last summer I visited the army camp as a soldier, in the tanks unit. And that’s what we’ve done there. Every soldier was given a crowbar, hammers, set of wrenches and unlimited free time to crush all you can crush with all those tools. Dashboards, electronic fillings, plastic fittings etc. can be easily first crashed, then the next step is more challenging – with wrenches you need to loose all screws you can reach.”
All the tanks are new, just from the warehouse. The only reason why they should be destroyed is their expiration date. They come to this tank slaughter house by their own, not towed or dragged just to become a pile of scrap metal days later.
With the crane they tear away the turrets, on the background you can see rows of the tanks prepared to go next.
Tank without a turret, as seen from above.
This one is almost finnished.
So, the importance of expiration date can be really underestimated when paying not much attention to it. Even tanks are subject to it.