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Old 02-18-2019, 10:18 AM
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Slightly OT.........while researching the CAPSTONE program CMH sent me a document entitled "Army Command and Control Study 82". Apparently each ARCOM had a post-mobilization mission to command certain installations. What I found interesting is that five ARCOMs would have formed new combat divisions...."ARCOM will be prepared after M+4 months to form base for new combat division".......these were:

96th ARCOM @ Ft, Carson, CO
90th ARCOM @ Ft. Chaffee, AR
77th ARCOM @ Ft. Drum, NY
79th ARCOM @ Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA
63rd ARCOM @ Ft. Irwin, CA
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:55 PM
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This seemed like the best place to mention this...
Just been reading about preserved military vehicles in the former Soviet Union. A large number of WW2 era vehicles were turned into monuments in the 1940s & 50s, typically consisting of a tank or assault gun mounted on some large plinth.
What was interesting from a T2k perspective was that the method of turning these vehicles into monuments was actually rather simplistic.

The plinth would be constructed, then an earthen ramp was made behind the plinth and the vehicle (in the vast majority of cases a T-34-85) was driven up the ramp and parked on the plinth. The batteries were disconnected and all hatches were spot welded closed but aside from the removal of ammunition, nothing else of significance was done to the vehicles.
The Soviet and then the Russian government also kept a stock of 20 working T-34-85 and 20 working Su-100 vehicles for use in Moscow parades however over time the number of operational vehicles has dropped down so that by 2018, they only had approximately 3 working T-34-85's (one leading the parade and the others as spares) and a similarly low number of Su-100's.

But in the last 20 or so years, a number of T-34-85's have been making appearances in local parades across Russia and Ukraine. These particular T-34's have been recovered from the plinths they were mounted on and restored to running order. In one particular case, the recovery team did little more than change the batteries & flush the fuel lines and the old tank started up on the first try.

Now I'm not saying that Eastern European armies, militias, bandit groups, town defence units etc. etc. are going to have hundreds of recovered and restored T-34's at their disposal, it's unlikely to even be dozens of vehicles. However the way the Soviet Union made those tanks into monuments does make restoring them a hell of a lot easier than what happens in the West. Although the vast majority of such WW2 monuments featured the T-34-85, the Soviets did "preserve" other vehicles in the same manner. Again, it's not going to let some unit equip dozens of old tanks but it does make the notion of equipping a unit with one or two older Soviet amoured vehicles easier to achieve.

All in all, with that information it's easier to justify why some group or other has a pair of T-34's on strength (or one or two other Soviet armoured vehicles) or even, if the PCs find out such info, why the PC group might end up with some of those vehicles.
A good source for relics is Surviving Panzers, which tries to keep track of the surviving armored vehicles from both World Wars. There look to be a lot of plinth-mounted IS-3 and IS-3M heavy tanks.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:52 PM
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A good source for relics is Surviving Panzers, which tries to keep track of the surviving armored vehicles from both World Wars. There look to be a lot of plinth-mounted IS-3 and IS-3M heavy tanks.
Found a similar site a couple of months ago detailing steam engines and their approximate state of (dis)repair.
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I had forgotten about this, but the IS-3M in Konstantinovka (on page 31 of Surviving Panzers' IS-3 document) was started up by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine in 2014, so not only is it plausible, it's been done.
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An interesting piece with some information on how long it takes a resident of the Bone Yard to be returned to operational status.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...-the-bone-yard

I'm sure the process could/would be sped up during wartime, but I wonder by how much, realistically, especially because manufacturers would also be trying to expand their production lines for new aircraft.
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