external gas tanks

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external gas tanks

Postby GLUGS » Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:43 pm

I've noticed that alot of tanks (particularly the Russian tanks) had external fuel tanks. We're these commonly know to catch fire or explode from weapon fire?

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Re: external gas tanks

Postby Ricky » Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:19 pm

Typically they were jettisonable, so if they did catch fire they could be dumped
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Re: external gas tanks

Postby TISO » Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:23 pm

On Soviet tanks diesel was used which is not so prone to catch fire as petrol and IRRC on of the drums on later T-34 series was motor oil.
I would also add that on post war tanks (T-54, 55, 62, 64, 72 etc.) additional fuel drums mounted at the rear were are not ment for combat but would be removed before combat.
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