After being denied permission to construct a new building on an empty lot, a London man applied for a permit for a tank. The council approved thinking it was a septic tank. The man bought a Russian T-34 tank as a gift for his son, parked it on the lot pointing the gun at the planning office.
In 2015 authorities in Germany seized a World War Two tank which was being kept in a senior’s basement. The Panther tank was removed from the 78-year-old’s house in the town of Heikendorf, along with a variety of other military equipment, including a torpedo and an anti-aircraft gun.
In 2017, a man in Texas purchased a working Sherman tank and parked it outside his house. After sending a “sternly worded letter” and realizing that they couldn’t tow the vehicle, the local HOA began issuing parking tickets on the tank. The owner left it there for two more weeks out of spite.
When city council denied a permit to build on empty lot, a London man applied for a permit for a tank. Thinking it was a water storage container, council approved. Instead the man bought a Russian T-34 tank, parked it on his property and pointed the gun towards the city planning office.
In 1953, an Australian Centurion main battle tank survived a nuclear test that was only 500 yards away. Later nicknamed the Atomic Tank, it went on to serve in the Australian military for 23 more years, including 15 months of service in Vietnam. At least 12 of the 16 crewmen of the tank died of cancer, according to a former crewmember in an interview in the 1990s.
New Zealand’s first tank (the Bob Semple tank) was built from a tractor, sheet metal and 6 machine guns. When ridiculed for the design Bob Semple said “I don’t see anyone else coming up with any better ideas.”
A tank designed by the Swiss military had a bug where turning on the heater could cause the main gun to fire.
During the German invasion of the Soviet Union, a single Russian tank delayed the advance of an entire division for one day.
During the Battle of Stalingrad, factories in the city continued to produce tanks. These tanks, unpainted and lacking gunsights, were driven directly from the factory floor to the front line and were often crewed by factory workers.
During WW2 in Africa, US tanks were outmatched by superior German tanks. So the US used Jeeps with machine guns to go behind enemy lines to destroy the fuel trucks supplying gas to the German tanks thereby disabling them.