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Polish T-55L Tanks in an interesting camou scheme
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:57 pm
Post subject: Re: Polish T-55L Tanks in an interesting camou scheme

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News, as it's uncovered! I'll hold off updating my notes until we get a conclusion.

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I just took a quick look on the I-net for Bumar-Labedy works and found one reference to "T-55LD's as 200 units converted from T54 for export to Africa in 1975."

That would make sense as far as the timeline is concerned - so maybe they are originally T54's upgraded to T55?


That's a good reference - do you have a link?

Information is from Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...d_variants


And their attribution is back to our own JimWeb's JEDSITE.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:07 pm
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Thanks Polar, I hadn't expected to see it all there:

Poland: 200 T-54 tanks have been upgraded to T-55LD in 1975, 10 of which were later sold to Libya.
South Africa: 10 Polish-built T-55LD tanks (part of a batch of 200 T-54s rebuilt in 1975) seized from a French ship, the Astor, which had been transporting a heavy weapons consignment from Libya for Idi Amin in Uganda. Amin's regime collapsed on the day that the ship docked in Mombasa and it was redirected to Angola. The ship called in to Durban where the cargo was seized. 2 T-55LD tanks have been kept by the South Africans for evaluation while 8 were given to Rhodesia, together with SADF advisers for the purpose of training Rhodesian crews. The rumor was spread that the tanks had been captured in Mozambique in order to obscure South Africa's part in the deal.
Rhodesia: 8 T-55LD tanks given by the Republic of South Africa, together with SADF advisers for the purpose of training Rhodesian crews. It is unknown whenever these tanks were passed on to successor state or destroyed during the Rhodesian Bush War.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:44 pm
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Great to review this old conversation. We demonstrated the power of the internet and of this group of friends. We had informed observers making well-formed statements based on a wide variety of sources. Some statements were rebuted graciously. Criticisms were accepted manfully. We received first-person information to corroborate some of our assumptions, and we also had a lesson in web-site forwarding. And a book plug too.

Great fun fellas!
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