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    Default REQ: Tanks converted to stationary pillboxes

    when reading something about soviet heavy tank IS-3 i found an interesting information, that captured egyptian IS-3 tested in israel were later converted into stationary pillboxes on jordanian border. Also the soviets during china-USSR converted turrets from IS-3 into some kind of stationary gunturrets. Have you any additional info or pics?

    And was similar tactics used elsewhere - tank turrets dig in as stationary pillboxes? thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy1911 View Post
    when reading something about soviet heavy tank IS-3 i found an interesting information, that captured egyptian IS-3 tested in israel were later converted into stationary pillboxes on jordanian border. Also the soviets during china-USSR converted turrets from IS-3 into some kind of stationary gunturrets. Have you any additional info or pics?

    And was similar tactics used elsewhere - tank turrets dig in as stationary pillboxes? thanks.
    Germany in WW2, mainly captured Tanks.

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    Well I can't give you any detailed information, as I'm not finding it anymore (can't remember how I found it last time), but if I remember correctly, tanks were dug in in some Eastern European countries, such as (I could be wrong) Bulgaria?

    I also know that tank turrets were used as guns on massive bunker complexes such as the Boden fortress in Sweden (at least I think so), but I know for sure in France along the Maginot line and it's various bunkers and tunnels.

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    I have some pictures from my book which shows the Austran Army using turrets from there retired Centurion tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilroy1911 View Post
    when reading something about soviet heavy tank IS-3 i found an interesting information, that captured egyptian IS-3 tested in israel were later converted into stationary pillboxes on jordanian border. Also the soviets during china-USSR converted turrets from IS-3 into some kind of stationary gunturrets. Have you any additional info or pics?

    And was similar tactics used elsewhere - tank turrets dig in as stationary pillboxes? thanks.
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    Plenty of examples in Funland. Most numerous is/was 100 56 TK

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_56_TK

    http://www.mil.fi/merivoimat/esikunt...kalusto_16.dsp

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    Hello all,
    after reading in this forum since a few years now, I post my first reply.
    I found this website in Russian?, maybe some of our russian members can give some details to the text.
    For me it looks like the last three pics were from the battle of Berlin.

    http://www.ostpanzer.asty.ru/topics/...rm/images.html



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    PS I hope there is nothing wrong with this website, as I can't read cyrillic

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    I believe a couple of them went missing before the Bulgarian government realized that had a good few grands worth of valuable vehicles sat rusting in the ground on their border.

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    They the Germans did this quite often. At the end of the war they were often short of fuel, so they would dig in with some tanks. If the enemy didn't destroy the tank, they would before they left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jippo View Post
    Plenty of examples in Funland. Most numerous is/was 100 56 TK

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_56_TK

    http://www.mil.fi/merivoimat/esikunt...kalusto_16.dsp
    I've also read that some FT-17 tanks were dug in during the Winter War to serve as MG pillboxes, and after the war some StuG III's were used to protect airfields by digging them so that the barrels were pointing the runway.

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    From somewhere in Russia..?

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    I know that it's heavily documented that the japs did this on Iwo Jima.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Fodder View Post










    From somewhere in Russia..?
    looks interesing, can you identify these tanks? and how was solved rotation of the turret and power to all its functions? there was probably some kind of engine... but what exactly? electric engine with batteries?

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    The book "Bear and the Dragon" talked of IS3 tanks converted into stationary pillboxes complete with a small "barracks" area

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