Being a military brat, I always dreamed to own a tank someday, but sadly had to compromise with just having a look inside it with my father. Not only me, I guess every kid in the world wanted to join the military and fight for their motherland.
An army is the most important entity for a country, and we should always remember that we sleep in night peacefully because of these soldiers who gave their supreme sacrifice for our motherland.
Talking about the army, the most attractive thing about it is its equipment. And the most attractive muscular, armored piece of equipment is an army tank. You have seen many tanks placed for public display in a military area, in war memorial or even in major spots in the city.
But, did you ever notice their barrel? If you have noticed, you might have seen some tanks with barrel up, some with the straight barrel and few tanks with the barrel down. Why is it so? Could you guess the reason behind this?
If not, don't worry, I'm here to help you.
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A tank with barrel kept high is a symbol of war in which it took part and came out as a winner. When these tanks are decommissioned, they are placed outside defense establishments as a proud sign with barrel kept high.
When the tank has barrel kept at the normal position, it means it was used in peace time or it is a replica of a real tank.
It means that this tank was captured from enemy forces in the war. These tanks are also painted with enemy flags upside down.
Now you know the reason behind tank barrel kept high, straight or lower at public display.