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ex-yu and balkan wars picture dump

Croatia Bernd 2022-01-30 14:35:59 ⋅ 5mn
No. 133993
Some of them might be quite rare or non existant on the open internet. Pics related a T-55 with fake Iron cross to mimick a German Leopard I/II tank. Legend has it that that was enough to make Chetniks withdraw at that location in panic because they thought German army is intervening, when of course in reality outside of Serbian propagada Germans weren't even part of the conflict.
Croatia Bernd 2022-01-30 14:58:09 ⋅ 5mn No. 133994
During the early phase of the Croatian War of Independence the Croatian army lacked any form of armoured vehicles. The Croatian Ministry of Defense asked local firms to provide solutions. Many companies that normally produced for the civillian market hastily came up with improvised armored vehicles of different quality (some made with weapon grade ballistic steel plate other using normal steel plates for instance)., mostly based on already existing trucks, buses and tractors.
Croatia Bernd 2022-01-30 15:22:09 ⋅ 5mn No. 133997
Overall over 100 such vehicles were build in varying numbers per model, some unique, some minimal series (like 2 models) and up to 50 for the most successful ones, that was also produced relatively late in the war (1993). Some of the latter are still in usage in Kosovo for EULEX in Kosovo.
Croatia Bernd 2022-01-30 15:28:56 ⋅ 5mn No. 133999
Typical role for these kind of vehicles was of course the transport of troops, evacuation of civilians and injured people and the transport of goods (medicine, ammo, food) over stretches that were under fire of enemy forces, often into and out of besieged cities/towns.
Croatia Bernd 2022-02-05 10:06:56 ⋅ 4mn No. 134885
Pic related was the first improvised Croatian real APC, called "TIN". The unit was given to the armed forces in summer 1991 and had an important psychological role in the early stages of the war.
Croatia Bernd 2022-02-05 10:16:56 ⋅ 4mn No. 134886
>>134885 It was a symbol that Croatia had the will and the means to resist the Serbo-Yugoslavian Army occupation plans. The vehicle was made by the company "Dalmacija" near Split and was a bit later in the war destroyed in the Zadar region. The same factory also made the HOT-011 and HOT-111 armoured vehicles in autumn of 1991.
Finland Bernd 2022-02-05 11:05:39 ⋅ 4mn No. 134890
>>134886 strange how primitive APCs are always like those boxes, not at all elegant like modern actually designed APCs.
Italy Bernd 2022-02-05 13:26:10 ⋅ 4mn No. 134898
Cool fugging pictures m8.
Russia Bernd 2022-02-05 17:58:32 ⋅ 4mn No. 134921
Reading this thread have convinced me that Croatians and Ukrainians are indeed mental brothers.