Hey guys, I am back from a temporary hiatus. Work dragged me out in to the field for the better part of two weeks. Down side of this, not being able to work on the truck. Upside. I got a ton of new parts for the truck. So it was like Christmas when I came out of the field. Anyway I thought I would post some pics of the field seeing as how this will be my last training excesses.
First off when you are driving a tank threw a field PAY ATTENTION TO WE'RE YOU ARE GOING. If not you could fall in to a hole with your tank or hit a 7 tons chunk of granite while jumping the tank.
What you are looking at int the drivers side of a Leopard C2 main battle tank. The track comes over the top of the broken idler wheel and then makes its way back under the tank to the drive sprocket. When the driver hit the what ever it was he hit, he hit it with so much force that he ripped the support arm for the idler wheel half way off. The rest of the idler melted off from the heat of the initial ripping. Now just so you guys have a rough idea. Those arms are not meant to break. Our head mechanic, who has been working on tanks for the better part of 10 years has seen this only once. And that was back in the early 90's. We ended up calling the factory in Germany ( these are German built tanks ) and they no longer build this part. They actually have not built this part since the mid 90's. Mainly because they have only heard of a hand full of arms breaking. And they are building Leopard 2's now.
And here is a video of a squadron of tanks (19) doing a troop shoot, with smoke rounds.
Anyway need to get going and work on the truck some more before the really cold weather hits. So I leave you guys with a good Christmas pic. Merry Christmas.