Panther in basement

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar

Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank.

He had a Flak 88 as well.

Flak 88

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    That is a seriously valuable collection.

    • Exile1981

      That’s likely why they seized it, so they could sell it to prop up the euro.

  • Exile1981

    Can I have a tank? I’ve always wanted one; just think of how easy it would be to keep the neighbors dog off your law a second time.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      If you are not picky, T-55s (needing a little TLC) can be had for little money and parts are readily available.
      Your government will likely demand that the main gun be “demilitarized” and you will have to remove the coaxial machine gun (killjoys again), but you can keep the nonfunctional barrel and just install a flame thrower, which might be more practical in an urban environment anyway.
      If your neighbors do not have their own more modern armor contingent to counter you, a T-55 should be plenty.
      It will keep the neighborhood pets off your lawn, well, what’s left of your lawn after you keep driving a T-55 over it.

      • Exile1981

        Where do I get one? A flame thrower would be more fun anyways. I have a small machine shop and know a lot of rig welders so repairs will be do-able
        The hard part will be translating the controls into English.

        • ntt1

          you would need to fabricate some form of coffee mug holder as well.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Working heaters and air conditioning would be a huge plus too.
            Comfy seats.
            Don’t forget that.
            T-55s are notoriously uncomfortable, so much to the point where it was blamed as one of the factors in why the Isralies typically ate their lunch in combat.
            I’d say it’s a good “starter tank” on the way to building up to a much more ‘interesting’ collection.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Actually the manuals have ALL been translated into English already compliments of the CIA back in the 1960’s.
          You can get them for free either on-line, or via a FOI Request to your local government emissary.
          Operations manuals, repair and depot manuals, and everything you would need to keep a T-55 healthy and happy.

          Fitting one with a flamethrower should be damned easy once you got rid of all the breach mechanisms and ammo storage.

        • barryjr

          Check this but I still want a commander

      • Exile1981

        Found a site with prices for them under 20K

      • Exile1981

        The OT-64 SKOT with a turret would suite my needs. The turreted ones have a crew of 3, a small 20mm cannon and a machine gun plus still have room for 12 troops.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          That would seem pretty good for entertaining at BBQs too.

          • Exile1981

            A few years back I looked really hard at a V-100 in ok shape as a work vehicle. Sometimes a ford truck just can’t get into some of the lease sites we go to and I figured that a V-100 would.
            They wanted 8K US for it and it ran but needed a lot of work. It even had a spare engine with it. I figured I’d upgrade the seats to something more usable and outfit the back with a couple extra seats and a tool crib. This one never had any weapons, I think it had originally been an ambulance as it was painted white and had the hinged roof hatch.
            two things killed that idea, fuel usage and the absolute stupid paperwork to export it to Canada.

          • Exile1981

            When I buy one you’ll have to come out and we can have a BBQ.

    • I want one!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Keep the RCMP off my ass on the highway.

  • LittleRed1

    *waves hand* I’ll give both tank and gun a good home. They’ll have lots of space to run around in, and people to play with, and . . .

  • mike

    I would hope that these rare items should find their way to an appropriate museum and not to scrap

    • ntt1

      yeah, its like the ultimate “barn find” original paint by the looks of it, tracks can’t be too hard to come by and it says he drove it in the late 70 s during a snow storm.

  • Chatillon

    “…found in a cellar?”

    Don’t they mean “Bunker?”

  • Edubeat

    Colonel Hogan! What is it Klink?. Where did you put my 88mm gun Hogan!

  • ntt1

    I got to drive a street legal 1938 half track down Broadway, through kitsilano a decade ago .it was a movie prop but I will always remember how certain- ethnics- famous- for- poor- driving scrambled to get out of the way, it was a fuel pig with a straight eight engine that got about 8 miles to the gallon.but the fenders were 1/4 inch steel and the asiatics knew it.