Have Mercy On The Children
(images via: Mercy Air)
The southeastern African nation of Mozambique may be short on playground equipment but it boasts an abundance of war-related refuse… are you thinking what they're thinking? The derelict Soviet-built T-34 tank above permanently parked in the town of Marromeu makes a handy substitute for a more conventional swing set. Best of all, it's lethal days have long passed making it about as child-friendly as a battle tank can get. Credit to Mercy Air, providing "wings of love to people in need", for the original images from which those above were derived.
Duck & Cover
It's gaining on me! Fear not li'l zebra, this M42 "Duster" 40mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun hasn't fired a shot in anger since the 1950s and besides, zebras can't fly. Presently on display alongside a playground in Williamsburg, PA, this old warrior has aged gracefully to say the least and no doubt offers great appeal to kids faced with yet another politically correct and so-safe-it's-no-longer-fun playground.
Tanks A Lot, Comrade
(images via: mib55)
In post-Soviet Russia, tanks are everywhere it seems and these relics serve the same purpose as their armored counterparts in America and elsewhere: reminding future generations of past battles fought and sacrifices made. Russia goes a step further, however, bringing decommissioned (we assume) examples of Red Army might right up close and personal with the next generation.
While the USSR's most famous tank is undoubtedly the T-34, other playground denizens like the formidable T-62 main battle tank and the ASU-85 tank destroyer date from Cold War years and the unsuccessful Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. The demobilized and immobilized tanks depicted here are located in and around the city of Omsk, just north of the Kazakhstan border and a stone's throw from still-volatile Afghanistan.