How to sound like you know what you're talking about when you talk about Trump tanks

How to sound like you know what you're talking about when you talk about Trump tanks

For a little less than the cost of a trip to Mar-a-Lago, until now, President Trump has organized an unusual presentation in Washington for the celebrations of the fourth of July of this year. Inspired by a Bastille Day parade he attended in Paris two years ago, Trump has organized a much more military exhibition than the capital he has seen in previous years. The Blue Angels will fly, the members of the armed services will march and, yes, there will be tanks.

This has been the source of some consternation, centered in part on the fact that the streets of Washington are not built to support the weight of these armored vehicles. Some of the vehicles weigh around 70 tons, several times the weight of moving a house according to an expert who spoke with the Wall Street Journal. (Houses weigh between 40 and 80 tons while moving, if you're curious, what I had). I also worry about parking some 70-ton vehicles in the Mall, since the District was built in a swamp. Having a half-sunken tank on the lawn of the Mall would be an interesting metaphorical monument to some past military commitments, but in general, it is better to plan these things more deliberately.

However, as you feel about this screen, there is a group that is already very agitated for perhaps unexpected reasons: many people refer to non-tanks as tanks.

There are six vehicles that were sent from Georgia for the Fourth. You can see the six in the Reuters clip below. But can you identify the four vehicles that are not tanks?

We take an image of that video that offers one of the best views of the lineup. There are two Bradley M2 combat vehicles, an M88A2 support vehicle, a military truck (which probably will not be part of the screen) and, finally, the two tanks: M1A2 Abrams.

It is completely fair, when watching the video, not to immediately grasp which vehicle is which. Therefore, in the double interest of appeasing the pedants of anthill tanks and being able to impress the dates while touring the city during the next few days, let's see the differences.

Tanks Abrams M1A2

The tanks are approximately 26 feet long (excluding the gun barrel) and 12 feet wide. They weigh around 70 tons, depending on how they are equipped. The tanks in Washington seem to be camouflaged with the army forest pattern, so if you're trying to spot the tanks in the forest, keep an eye on them.

There are a number of variants for the M1 tank. The Pentagon informed The Washington Post that those in Washington for this week's activities are M1A2.

So, what are we looking for to identify the tanks? Two things should jump towards you.

A) Look for metal protuberances in the tank turret, which the Bradleys do not have. (This is the bustle rack, used as external storage).

B) The barrel of the gun in the tanks is much longer than in the Bradleys.

We are going to put into practice your new knowledge. Consider this tweet, which is an intentional joke about Trump's promise that the Fourth would include the Sherman tanks, a vehicle that retired from service when Trump was 11 years old.

Bradley M2 combat vehicles

A Bradley is a personnel carrier, about four feet shorter than the tanks. There is a small door in the back where the soldiers can enter. As the interior is almost empty, it is much lighter, weighing approximately 27 tons. "Lighter" is relative; It weighs as much as two elephants.

How do we differentiate ourselves from the tank?

A) A gift is the emerging headlights that can be seen in front of the vehicle.

B) Also - again - the barrel of the gun is shorter.

Now we come to the east.

Support vehicle M88A2

The M88A2 is a crane. It's more than that, of course, but that's why he made the trip to the east coast. If something goes wrong with the M1A2, it is the vehicle that can help. (It is a little longer than the tanks and has approximately the same weight). The M88A2 is also known by the name of HERCULES, which is great, but which is also an acronym for Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System, which is less cold.

Differentiate it is easy: it is the one with the towing arm and winch.

The extensive Army documentation on vehicle hardware, which looks like a sales brochure, includes descriptions of the foreign countries to which the vehicles themselves have been sold. The M1A2, for example, has been sold to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis have also bought Bradleys, as has Lebanon. Lebanon and Kuwait also bought M88, along with Australia, Egypt, Iraq, and Thailand.

In other words, according to the Ejéarmy, the only place where you can see all these vehicles together is right here in the US. US From A. And, this week, you can see them at D.C. Observe your knowledge while you can.

Correction: At first we thought that the Bradleys were the M3 model and not the previous M2 because the first one lacks ports on the sides and in the bacSombrero, it could be used for the soldiers inside to shoot. However, the Pentagon spokesman, Major Christian Mitchell, informs The Post that they are indeed M2s.