tank commanders


Aleksandra Boiko | Александра Бойко by Olga
Via Flickr:
Aleksandra and Ivan Boiko, a married couple, served together as tank commander and driver, respectively. She commanded a crew on an IS-2 and had 5 confirmed enemy tanks/SPGs destroyed. The boiko’s tank unit receives new js-122 (joseph stalin 122) heavy tanks, 1942, tank commander, junior lieutenant alexandra boiko and her husband, driver/mechanic ivan boiko.

anonymous asked:

I like to imagine those priests just barge into places unannounced and start blessing things

Blessing the troops in the snow

Blessing the rocket launch path 

Blessing the VDV while doing sick water tricks

Blessing the Interior Ministry troops 

Blessing the tanks… By commanding them

Blessing the ladies, in their own “special” way

And of course, blessing the Kalashnikovs.


Arena (Арена) active protection system, the successor to the revolutionary but fundamentally flawed Drozd APS.

The system uses a multi-function Doppler radar, which can be turned on and off by the tank commander. In conjunction with radar input, a digital computer scans an arc around the tank for threats, and evaluates which of the tank’s 26 quick-action projectiles it will release to intercept the incoming threat. In selecting the projectile to use for defeating the threat, the ballistic computer employs the information processed by the radar, including information such as flight parameters and velocity. The computer has a reaction time of 0.05 seconds and protects the tank over a 300-degree arc, everywhere but the rear side of the turret. The system engages targets within 50 metres (55 yd) of the vehicle it is defending, and the ammunition detonates at around 1.5 metres (1.6 yd) from the threat. It will engage any threat approaching the tank between the velocities of 70 metres per second (230 ft/s) and 700 metres per second (2,300 ft/s), and can detect false targets, such as outgoing projectiles, birds and small caliber bullets.

1. Protective siloes
2. Radar
3. Protective ammo
4. Incoming anti-tank guided missile
5. Tracking phase

The relatively confined space of defense in which the warheads operate ensures any collateral damage is limited, but nevertheless the system still poses a threat to nearby infantry, albeit not in the level Drozd used to. 

Just want to remind everyone that Wonder Woman is set in World War I

Some clues:
-Trench warfare with the Brits in Doughboy helmets
-Germans using horses
-All the fashions in London, including Steve’s starched, high collar
-Airplanes look like flimsy prop planes
-Talking about the Kaiser, not about the Führer
-The British generals all have ridiculous moustaches


The Erinyes

Command Tank (Deimos) - Tisiphone
Then the support tanks w/ PoMS; Alekto and Megaera.

Finally finished the Command Vindicator for the Laser Destroyer squadron.

I have to say, having finished the real deal and seeing it side by side with plastic conversions really shows you just how different in quality they are.

Still, looking forward to blowing up some Armour at Adepticon with these bastards!


Aleksandra and Ivan Boiko | Александра и Иван Бойко by Olga
Via Flickr:
Aleksandra and Ivan Boiko, a married couple, served together as tank commander and driver, respectively. She commanded a crew on an IS-2 and had 5 confirmed enemy tanks/SPGs destroyed. The boiko’s tank unit receives new js-122 (joseph stalin 122) heavy tanks, 1942, tank commander, junior lieutenant alexandra boiko and her husband, driver/mechanic ivan boiko.


One 132-x. Panzerjäger I, released in the spring of 1940. Unlike assault self-propelled guns, tank destroyer that was much more successful design
The fighting compartment.Panzerjäger I. Spacious, it can not be called, but given the available constructors of the base turned out quite well
The crew of the tank destroyer consisted of three people. Cases when the gunners were in the tank, and the commander in infantry – not uncommon
Disguised. Panzerjäger I. Comparatively low silhouette was highlighted in the reports of commanders of battalions, which were equipped with Panzerjäger I.
Self-propelled gun crosses the bridge. France, spring 1940
Panzerjäger I. a second production series of the composition of 605 th fighter battalion. Until today survived a car from this battalion, which had tail number 32
This setting was lost in 1941. Judging by the patch on the front sheet, from the system it was developed not for the first time
Trophy. Panzerjäger I first production series on display in Moscow. The summer of 1943
The same car from another angle
Abandoned on the March self-propelled gun on the basis Panzerjäger I. Berlin, may 1945


The American Paratrooper Who Served in the Red Army During World War II.

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Joseph R. Beyrle enlisted in the US Army and volunteered for the elite paratrooper service.  After completing paratrooper training and training as a demonlitions expert, he was assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) with the rank of sergeant. Little did he know where the winds of destiny would blow him. 

His first two missions were secret clandestine operations in which he covertly parachuted into German occupied France wearing bandoliers filled with gold, which he delivered to the French Resistance. On June 6th, 1944 Beyrle participated in the legendary D-Day drop during the Normandy Invasions. When his plane came under heavy fire he was forced to jump early and only 120 meters above the ground. Despite being separated from his unit, Sgt. Beyrle continued his mission, performing acts of sabotage behind enemy lines which resulted in the destruction of two bridges and a power station.  Unfortunatley a few days later he was captured by the Germans when he accidentally stumbled upon a German machine gun nest.  For the next 7 months he was held as a prisoner of war, where he became notorious as an escape artist, making several attempts, two of which were seccessful.  After each attempt, the Germans tortured, starved, and beat him, then transfered him to a different camp.  During his time in German captivity he was shuffled between seven different camps.  After his 7th escape attempt, which was successful except that he accidentally boarded a train for Berlin, the Germans sent him to a camp deep within Poland, with the idea that it’s distance from the Western Front would discourage him from further escape attempts.  Promptly after arriving at the camp in January of 1945, he successfully escaped and made his way to Soviet lines.

After his escape, he came upon the 1st Battalian of the 1st Tank Guards, where he met the famous lady tank commander Captain Aleksandra Samusenko, introducing her with the greeting, “Americansky tovarishch” (American comrade), while handing over a pack of Lucky Strikes. 

Wanting to get back into the war, Bayrle convinced Samusenko to allow him to join the Battalion. Samusenko agreed, and he was appointed a tank machine gunner.  For the next month he would serve with the Red Army, even taking part in the liberation of the POW camp from which he had escaped.  In February of 1945, he was seriously wounded after an attack by a Stuka dive bomber, and was evacuated to a Soviet hospital. During his recuperation, he met none other than the Soviet supreme military commander, Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov. 

 When Bayrle arrived at the US Embassy in Moscow, he learned that he was officially listed as dead, and that his family back home in Muskegon, Michigan had celebrated his funeral.  As it turns out, when he was captured during the Normandy Invasion, his uniforn and dogtags were taken and used by a German infiltration unit.  The German soldier wearing the uniform was unexpectidly killed in September, the corpse being recovered by the Allies and mistakenly identifed as Bayrle’s and buried in France.  Bayrle returned home in April of 1945, married in 1946 (coincidentally in the same church that held his funeral) and lived a happy life raising three children. In 1994 during the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, he was awarded with medals by both US President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin at the White House. He was also personally awarded a specially made presentation AK-47 dedicated to him by Mikhail Kalashnikov.  Joseph “Jumpin’ Joe” Beyrle passed away in 2004 while visiting the paratrooper training grounds in Toccoa, Georgia. He was buried with honors in Arlington National Cemetery.