When you are in Kiev it isn't hard to find. Look for the statue of the 'Mother of the Fatherland'.
|She is over 100M tall|
|Much lighter and more transportable than a Pak-40, also artillery...|
On the right is a wee sideshow museum slash tank parking lot. It contained dozens of vehicles from pre WW2 to late Cold War.
|SU-122 and Mum ready to bring the noise|
|Locally fabricated 'Terror Tank'|
Resembling the tanks produced by the soldiers of the 25th Chapaivsky Division and the workers of the Odessa factory "January Uprising" during the defense of Odessa.
There was obviously a lot more, including the SCUD launcher in the background. Unfortunately my phone decided to FREAK out and use the whole battery. Said phone was my sole commo link to my wife... worked out fine of course.;-)
On the way down, after the tank parking lot there a small museum dedicated to veterans of the other wars. Vietnam, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Namibia etc. really neat, and only recently done. Most vets were from Afghan of course and the bulk of the exhibit here was as well.
Plus side, lots of leather hand made vests for .303 and 7.62x54 ammo, radio sets, slouch hats, and cammies.
Down side, remembering how close we got so many times.
Comical, a US helmet with a Mercedes sign instead of a Peace sign.
|T-10, logical evolution of the IS-2, the last heavy?|
|BMD, Soviet Desantniki can roll around in this|
|BMP-1, the forerunner of all MICV's|
|BMP-2, product improved for Afghanistan|
|T-55, good enough for the Naval Infantry|
|I grew up fearing the T-64|
|T-62, I could handle, (With a Dragon team attached).|
|Our Glorious Spring Victory! (PT-76 and Gorgeous wife)|
So wow, lots of cool shit I found. There were a lot of Afghan memorials, at least one in most cities. Usually wth a BMP, sometimes with a statue. Kiev had a very nice and more famous one being near the Great Patriotic War museum and the Pechers'ka Lavra Monastery.
|Afghan Memorial, Kiev|
Thanks Chris for reminding me of this by your awesome post. Always raising the bar!