Thursday, August 24, 2006

A Bang in the Salang

Here is a brief clip from the Salang Valley - not far from the Salang Tunnel. The Afghans had trundled a T-55 up to use in "pre-empting" any avalanches...the result of it's first shot is on this clip. CAUTION: Naughty words used! In fact, this was the first time I had ever heard this particular soldier cuss. After 10 months together. In an active, combat theater. And it took this to get him to swear - heh heh.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How big is a T-55?

The reverberation in that canyon was fantastic. There's just something irresistible about enormous, resounding blammos. (Or maybe not so much, if you're in combat!.)

And that was a pretty mild naughty word.

Good stuff, these little videos.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Citizen Deux said...

Wow. Why does this remind me of the redneck olympics where every act of derring do is preceded by the fatalistic words...

Watch this!

PS - Did they drive the T55 or puch it? ;-)

8:26 AM  
Blogger Major John said...

T-55 main gun is a 100mm one.

Funny you should ask, CD. If I can get the pictures dug up, I will post them. You see, they hauled the sucker up the valley on a flatbed, then it managed to wheeze and clank into place by itself - about 50 Afghans decided to ride on top of it...

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You gotta love these indomitable people.

In your snapshots of their goings-on, there's the undercurrent of their appalling national history and present circumstance, an overlay of Keystone Kops, and in the middle, determination.

Priceless.

10:56 PM  

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