The Refurbished Tanks

Hundred year old Mark V tanks refurbished

Militarism can be a nice hobby to join together people after the work in such place like a railroad department repair factory. Now, instead of indulging in something after the job’s done they can go instead and work on the refurbishing of a few Mark-V hundred year old tanks.

Those tanks Russian army had during the World War I and then after the Russian army has split in two parts as a result of Communists takeover in 1917 some of the tanks were left with the units opposing communists regime, but not for very long – the Red Army captured back the moving monsters and used them for a while.

Then after World War 2 they were left rusting in some villages while some enthusiasts paid attention on those amazing pieces of early twentieth century engineering genius and decided to repair them and then install as an attraction on the city’s street for general public view.

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43 thoughts on “The Refurbished Tanks”

    • Actually it exist, the israelic tank project is called “Merkava”(מרכבה) In fact partly inspired by the “Stridsvagn S” concept but hevier since it was designed for operating in the almost flat and dry desert lanscapes and hevier armour was prefered (to better resist hand carried anti tank weapons).

  1. I know it’s the opposite, but they look like old W40K Land Raider models.

    Impressive and really nice work.

    are they actually functional in some way?

  2. They are, English Tanks.

    Made in Wolverhampton.
    We must have shipped them over for the war effort.

    Just out of interest does anybody know why they were called tanks? Yes I do, but does anybody else know.

      • Ah – the whisky drunk who did not realize the British Empire was busted for good?
        I think we tried to give him a funny minor role in “The Friends”, but he did not perform well and was sent back to The Parliament, where his inadequacies were less visible.

  3. I would never want to operate one, it’s like driving a car with a charcoal grill lit in the back.

    Plus they moved a measly 1 mph or near that speed, but back then the shock effect was good, never before had anyone seen such a device as that.

    It looks easy to restore, because it’s a simple designed tank, not that many moving parts.

  4. Many of the crew died from carbon monoxide poisoning as they did not adequatley vent the exaust out of the crew compartment.

  5. Those are awesome! Great job done, that is lots of work!

    Those look like British Mark IV tanks. One site claims they were produced at the Oldbury Carriage Works in Oldbury, England. Here’s a photo of the factory with what looks like around 50 in production:

    http://historyofoldbury.co.uk/images/2140%20-%20TANKS%20BEING%20BUILT%20AT%20CARRIAGE%20WORKS%20reduced.gif

    • I saw him in one of those tanks when I watched Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.I liked him when he was James Bond,He was very handsome.

    • I saw him in one of those tanks when I watched Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.I liked him as James Bond,he was very handsome!

  6. Actually they were called ‘tanks’ as a cloaking device to stop the Germans from realising what they would be up against. Interested to know what colour berets Russian tank crews wear? English forces adopted the Black beret from the ‘Battle of Cambrai’ when French troops overwhelmed at the advance of English tanks threw their berets at the English troops. Up until the adoption of the black berets tank crews wore knotted handkerchiefs to stop the oil from leaking onto the top of their heads, something the mark iv were notorious for. These are amazing pictures.

  7. It is too bad some ass hole scared away Taupey,that girl was cool.Just because she was commenting with people on this site.Isnt that what this site is all about!!

  8. Is there any place where i can find more information about this wery interesting project? I wish to read more about the engine construction for example? Mus hawe been wery hot to work inside a warm summer day with the engine so close to Your back i guess. 🙂 Is that true that they in some countrys where sending paper notes for internal comunication?

    • I learned that hollowed out tooth brushes with a map of Germany rolled inside of them was sent to POWs in WW2 so they could find their way if they escaped.

      • No, it’s true. All kinds of objects were sent to POWs with concealed items inside. There was a special government unit whose task it was to design these items in such a way that the people running the POW camps couldn’t find the hidden compartments. Inside the handles of brushes and secret compartments in food tins would be maps, hacksaw strings, screwdrivers and other items. There were also handkerchiefs which would reveal a map when soaked in urine!
        Many of these items were designed by a man called Charles Fraser Smith, who I once met at a display of his work. He was Ian Flemmings inspiration for the character of ‘Q’ in the Bond films! I was very privileged to meet him not long before he died.

      • Map of Russia was too big too hide, so Russian POW stayed in camp. Fighting the mental battle!!

        When they came home they were sent to Russian camps right away!! Because they tasted the quality of western ideas, they might cause revolution. Almost all Russian POW got killed, either by the Germans or later by their own compatriots. Black page in Russian history.

  9. Wow. Amazing stuff. Almost more astonishing than the tanks (what a story they could tell…) is the shop Russians apparently have lying about for “mere” enthusiasts to use.

    We had such a shop, an old auto dealership garage dating back to the 1930’s, last used until fairly recently as a millwork shop, in our little “village”. Apparently someone decided that having rough tradesmen and mechanics, or even, say, a contract manufacturer, engaged in productive economic activity in the middle of the faux-historic downtown development area (paid for, naturally, with a federal grant, ie. your tax dollars) was simply too, too gauche a concept to entertain, so one morning a wrecking crew arrived, and by afternoon it was all gone. Her honor the mayor professed shock and surprise, of course. Anyway, so much for historic “preservation” in the U.S.

  10. Thank you ER for posting some rare interior views of these old battlehorses!

    THere aren’t many of them left today, and most of them are only empty carcasses.
    I think Bovington Camp might be interested in these restorations too.

    Another thing:
    It is correct that the name “tank” springs from a cover-up. They were labeled as “water tanks” for disguise. They were originally created as “land ships”, thus the involvement in the project of W.S.C. who was 1st Lord of the Admiralty at that time the plans were drewn up first.

  11. These tanks had belonged to the Royal Tank Regiment. A heap of them had been shipped via Persia and up the Volga to Volgograd. Their purpose was to support the ‘White’ armies. A lot of these tanks were later engaged in a battle in eastern Ukraine. Some cities, Lugansk for instance, still have them on display in the city centre. It is possible that more of these british tanks exist in Ukraine/Russia than there are in UK

  12. Fantastic photos – Do you have any more you could share with me. I am building 1/12 scale models of the WWI tanks and the detail shots on this site are invaluable. If you have any more that you could share with me I would be grateful as this kind of detail makes the models as accurate as possible. Thanks

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