The Museum of WAR

The conflict in Ukraine has seen both sides employ armoured vehicles and weaponry considered long obsolete, writes Craig Allen

The BMP-1 may be considered a museum piece by some, but has seem widespread use by both sides in the Ukraine conflict
pictures As Credited, WIKI COMMONS/ SGT. ANTHONY JONES, 45TH INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM
Veteran T-55 tanks like this one are being pulled out of storage by the Russians to replace their huge armoured losses
WIKI COMMNONS/ DUDEK133

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and a shortage of modern weapons has seen many older weapon systems appearing on the front lines in Ukraine. From tanks to artillery and even infantry weapons, the armaments of the 20th century are returning to the battlefield. This is perhaps not surprising as both sides began the conflict armed with ex-Soviet weaponry – much of it dating back to the 1970s or even older. Some of the Western armaments supplied to Ukraine are also older-generation equipment, although still useful on the modern battlefield.

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