Homepage » Ministry of Defence » Newsroom » News » Tank Day at Lesany shows vehicles of the Cold War

Tank Day at Lesany shows vehicles of the Cold War

Tanks of the Warsaw Pact and NATO faced each other again. But fortunately, only during dynamic show within the 7th Tank Day.

The leitmotive of the Tank Day, which was held on 29 August 2009 south of Prague, and which was visited by distinguised guests including Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Vlastimil Picek, was the Cold War, that is the period from 1948 till 1989.

„Regardless of great anniversaries, which usually the Tank Days are devoted to, this year the Cold War has won, and the reason is just prosaic - the General Staff of Greece gave us recently three tanks; American M-48 and M-60 and a Geman Leopard 1. These tanks formed the backbone of NATO armed forces in the 50s and 60s years of the last century,“ Lieutenant Colonel Eduard Stehlik from the Military History Institute explained.

Not only the three brand new acquisitions have been presented to visitors in dynamic shows, but also their rivals from the time of the Cold War - tanks IS-3, T-34, T-54, T-55 or T-72.

„That is not to say that NATO tanks were markedly better or worse than machines of the Warsaw Pact. In weapons, the rule which always governs is that one party hunted the other. And we must not forget the fact that not only the best quality equipment wins but first of all well trained personnel can assure the victory - so that I think that we all can be happy that the clash did not happen,“ Stehlik added.

The Tank Day did not offer only historical machines to visitors. For the very first time, the Czech public could see a wheeled armoured vehicle Pandur II in action. The vehicle is being put to operational use in the Czech military this autumn.


Photo Gallery
  • Deputy Chief of the General Staff Major General Jiri Halaska talks to director of the Military History Institute Colonel Ales Knizek Deputy Chief of the General Staff Major General Jiri Halaska talks to director of the Military History Institute Colonel Ales Knizek Deputy Chief of the General Staff…
  • MG Picek with a Greek Defence Attache MG Picek with a Greek Defence Attache MG Picek with a Greek Defence…
  • Leopard 1 Leopard 1 Leopard 1
  • Tank LT-38 followed by a modernised tank T-72 M4CZ Tank LT-38 followed by a modernised tank T-72 M4CZ Tank LT-38 followed by a modernised…
  • IS-3 IS-3 IS-3
  • British Centurion British Centurion British Centurion
  • M-48 M-48 M-48
  • Representatives of MHI in front of the equipment, which visitors could see over at the arena of the Lesany Museum Representatives of MHI in front of the equipment, which visitors could see over at the arena of the Lesany Museum Representatives of MHI in front of…
  • M-60 M-60 M-60
  • LTG Picek speaks to a reporter of the Czech Television LTG Picek speaks to a reporter of the Czech Television LTG Picek speaks to a reporter of…
  • Leopard 1 Leopard 1 Leopard 1
  • T-72 T-72 T-72
  • T-55 T-55 T-55
  • Israeli tank Merkava Israeli tank Merkava Israeli tank Merkava
  • T-34 T-34 T-34
  • WAV Pandur II WAV Pandur II WAV Pandur II
  • Terrorists during combat demonstration by members of the Active Reserve Terrorists during combat demonstration by members of the Active Reserve Terrorists during combat…
  • Allies reply to a terrorist attack in a demonstration Allies reply to a terrorist attack in a demonstration Allies reply to a terrorist attack…
  • End of a combat demonstration of Active Reserve of ACR End of a combat demonstration of Active Reserve of ACR End of a combat demonstration of…
  • Toyota Hi-Lux Toyota Hi-Lux Toyota Hi-Lux
  • Dingo - used in ISAF Dingo - used in ISAF Dingo - used in ISAF
  • Iveco - used in ISAF Iveco - used in ISAF Iveco - used in ISAF
  • Combat demonstration devoted to the Slovak National Uprising 1 Combat demonstration devoted to the Slovak National Uprising 1 Combat demonstration devoted to the…
  • Combat demonstration devoted to the Slovak National Uprising 2 Combat demonstration devoted to the Slovak National Uprising 2 Combat demonstration devoted to the…