Tanks in Tal Afar

What does Murdoc do when he’s short of time? He posts pics! (He also posts pics when he’s not short of time. Murdoc likes pics.) Here’s more gratuitous tank action:

U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks maneuver in the streets as they conduct a combat patrol in the city of Tall Afar, Iraq, on Feb. 3, 2005. The tanks and their crews are attached to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. DoD photo By Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Pic from JCCC, which has a great wallpaper for NORAD’s main screen. (You know, the one we saw in the movie “Wargames”). What I’m getting at is that it’s big.

Notice the ballistic glass gun shield on the loader’s MG. The imagery from the TUSK upgrades for the M1 showed a solid metal shield, though it seems that this solution would be far preferable (as long as the protection is sufficient) to a solid one that blocks a lot of the visibility. So is this part of the TUSK program or something different? Murdoc wants to know.


  1. I’ll bet this photo (with correctly termed unit ID) is from the same batch as the one you posted earlier. Silly PAO twinks. Also, note that this is an M1A2-the CITV is clearly visible in front of the loader’s MG. Not all units have those.

  2. Dang it, Dar! I meant to mention that after all the brouhaha over the previous tank pic. Because I’m a bit sarcastic at times. Really. But I forgot. Once again, MO readers save the day!

  3. Looks like they have sprayed out an offensive name for their tank. From both the two frontal areas next to the barrel and the gun barrel… I wonder what it was.