Submitted by: dunno source via Oddly Specific
Do you think tanks are allowed to run red lights?
I don’t see why tanks wouldn’t be able to run red lights.. I mean who really is going to tell them they can’t?
In Europe, a round sign with a white background and a red border means that whatever is displayed on the sign is not allowed on the road ahead. You see them all over the place. Most of the time it’s a car, a truck or a pedestrian displayed on the sign. This time, it’s just very specifically prohibiting tanks. Because the sign directly below it is a modifier for the prohibition sign, taken together it just means that tanks may not turn left here. Must be located close to a military base.
Actually. If it is the UK. Last I checked its legal to drive tanks in certain places in the UK.
Funny if that is the case too.
You´re right and this particular one is located in Germany (see the 30Zone-Sign) in the background!?
I wonder where this is? Does it mean tanks have the rightaway? Can anyone tell what the little blue sign says?
The blue sign says, that pedestrians and biker share the sidewalk.
“Thanks, but no tanks!”
That fact that there’s a tank on that sign makes this photo odd considering … it’s a tank!
The blue sign has a pedestrian symbol up top and a bicycle underneath. It means that the sidewalk is for pedestrians but also doubles as a bike path. In short keep a look out for bikes when you are walking here 😉
Give way to tanks. Seriously, give way lol.
I was a tanker in the US Army stationed in Germany, this picture looks like it’s from there. Normally you wouldn’t drive your tank on the road at all, but sometimes you have to move your tanks from the railhead to the training area. In that case the Germans let us drive them on the roads (instead of having to put them on trucks). I’m sure there’s something similar for the Bundeswehr. I bet they put this sign there because it’s either too narrow or a bridge can’t support the weight, and some dumb tanker made the mistake of going that way one time. They also have weight signs on many of their bridges with pictures of tanks, even in places you would never expect to see a tank (far away from garrisons and training areas, etc) so maybe they’re just ready for invasion? lol
I like the guy in the mobility scooter — he’s got some moxie.
“I laugh at your tank warnings! Ahahaha! Like that!”
That sign says: Tanks may not turn left. Most likely got a military base nearby.
The picture could easy have been taken en denmark.
That guy waaaay on the left, in what I’m pretty sure is a wheelchair… if he were to be carrying a gun, would that qualify HIM as a tank?
It’s like the old question about four vehicles coming to a four-way intersection with four stop signs at the same instant, and who has the right of way? Realistically, the biggest…
i wonder if it has anything to do with this http://thatwillbuffout.com/2010/02/15/funny-car-photos-russian-tank-treads/
I love the yield sign, YEAH I thin I’d YIELD to a TANK!
I doubt you’d see crossroad with 4 stop signs. Crossroads with no signs (hence all 4 roads being “equal”) are not uncommon but I’m yet to see one with 4 stop signs
We could have used that sign at various San Diego intersections on 17 May 1995. Some dude stole a tank and took it for a joy-ride. And, since he’d served in Germany, he’d probably have known what that sign meant.
(After he got stuck, the police killed him in what looked an awful lot like a summary execution.)
It’s nice to see the culture clash in the comments. People who are apparently from the USA have no idea what the sign means (it’s not “tanks have the right of way”, it’s “no tanks allowed” and in this case “no tanks allowed to turn left”) while people who are probably from Europe have no idea what a four-way stop sign is (it only exists in the USA, the European equivalent is a roundabout).
Jesse DeFer is perfectly right. And this definitely IS in Germany (you can see a “30 km/h speed zone” sign on the left just a litte above the mobility scooter).
My time at German Bundeswehr is long gone, but I remember days when we were going to the drill ground sitting in the back of a “Marder” tank and using civil streets for about 11 miles.
@Skeptic: Thanks for your comment – I was about to make a rather rude remark to Luka about never, ever, driving if that’s all the attention s/he pays to the roads and their vast abundance of four-way stops (and utter scarcity of stop-sign-free intersections). And since I hate it when people are critical of others based on their own ignorance, I’m really grateful you saved me from that error.
A question, though: I lived in Germany for nine years as a child, and I don’t remember any roundabouts. I’ve seen photos of them and wondered how anyone was supposed to know what to do, but I don’t recall ever actually seeing one in Germany. Now, granted, we spent most of our time on the military bases (my parents didn’t like to go off base) and I was usually more concerned with keeping my younger brother on his side of the seat than on the road signs, but I think I’d have noticed *some* of them! I remember other things vividly – some of the street signs (including the “not allowed” configuration above), riding on the trains and buses, the Walkplatz, the Autobahn – so I’m wondering, are roundabouts commonplace throughout all of Europe, or only in certain countries? And if so, were they commonplace during the 70s and early 80s? Because if so, I obviously can’t trust my memory and shall never tell stories from my childhood again…
@Luka: In case you skipped all the blater to Skeptic above, in the US, four-way stop signs are VERY common at intersections (crossroads), but you’ll almost never see an intersection without any signs at all – usually only in very rural areas and on unpaved roads.
“so I’m wondering, are roundabouts commonplace throughout all of Europe, or only in certain countries? And if so, were they commonplace in Germany during the 70s and early 80s? Because if so” etc.
roundabouts (called “Kreisverkehr” in germany) are very common, especially at city limits, where fast driving cars from the highway (“Landstraße”) are meant to slow down before entering the city or where several coequal roads meet.
The “German” way to build an intersection is to just put some traffic lights there 😉 but sometimes, mostly in more rural areas you also see roundabouts.
From my personal experience I found roundabouts are typically for western europe and parts of middle europe (Western part of Germany, France, British Isles, Scandinavia, Italy)
I live in a city where so called “Strassenbahnen” (tram or literally street-train) are used for public transport. They are often using the middle of the road for their rails, so it is impossible to use a roundabout.
But I cannot tell you whether they were commonplace in the 70s or 80s because I only was born in 1984.
You can still tell storys of your childhood.
Roundabouts were very uncommon until the 90s i’d think, then they became a trend for (then ex-)crossroads with medium level car load. The cars outside have to give way to those inside.
Bigger crossroads have traffic lights, smaller ones, or in 30-kilometers-per-hour-zones (that sign the guy in the advanced wheelchair is driving past, another new thing from the 90s i think 🙂 ) have right-before-left (no signs). And then there are those with stop/give way from two directions.
Veeery easy for those who don’t know ^^.
Oh, a bit more than i wanted to write.
@eee Roundabouts are coming slowly into fashion in Germany.
New crossroads often get them right away, older crossroads sometimes get rebuilt from traffic-lights to roundabout.
The right of way lies with the drivers in the roundabout.
@Jesse Yes, the signs are there in case of invasion. Conventional wisdom was that an Eastern Bloc attack on Western Europe would likely come from East Germany in form of massive air strikes and following that a land attacks with infantry/tanks.
The tanks in the West would supposedly be save from said air strikes and once air superiority had been reestablished make way to the East to intercept the Warsaw pact troops. At that time, German military doctrine would require the commanders to find their own way with as little direction from HQ as possible, so being able to navigate bridges safely was a priority.
Where I went to school in the eighties was in a moderately settled rural area – many school hours were wasted, because jet fighters trained near-ground supersonics flights and it was totally impossible to speak for half an hour in some cases due to the sound.
why all the europe vs us on this site? thrashing others for their humorous take on these unfamiliar (to them) signs is uncalled for. the fake explanations are nothing but attempts @ humor, not personal attacks on a country or continent. why can’t people stop taking everything so seriously & just have a laugh? aren’t we all on here looking for the funny???
So this is Germany then? I was thinking it looked a lot like the Netherlands.
Re roundabouts: When we didn’t have roundabouts, crossings were either ‘equal’ or ‘right of way’ crossings. Right of way happens when a major road crosses a minor one, and each will then have a sign before the intersection to tell you which one it is. There will also be markings on the minor road, reminding you to stop. At equal crossings, the car from the right has priority over you.
This rule applies in the US too, but gradually all these intersections have become four-way stops. Apparently this started as a safety measure at some intersections and then spread to every crossroads in the country. As a European living in the US, I do feel that it works well, because Americans take these stop signs very seriously. As a result, whenever traffic ligths don’t work, road workers put STOP signs on all lanes, and traffic regulates itself. This would never work in Europe.
*Far in the future (when Bush becomes president again), in WWIII*
“We’ve almost conquered this country. All we need is to clear out this town. Everyone, ATTACK!”
“But sir, our tanks are not allowed to go in there. See that sign?”
“Point taken. Change of plan, man! We’ll take a right turn!”
Oh, this is very German. I recognize several things, including the yield sign. I’m surprised that our German correspondents haven’t commented on that yet. (It makes me realize that it’s been going on 5 years since I was last in Germany; time for a return visit!)
To save energy, traffic lights are usually turned off during the late night and early morning hours. When a driver encounters this situation, they must follow whichever sign is posted, either yield (usually) or stop (rare). On the road approaching from the left, there is a yellow diamond priority sign, which says that this road has the ROW; by default, if unsigned, the road from the right always has the ROW, even at a T-intersection like this (unlike the USA).
And I’ve been through many roundabouts in Germany; they are a relatively new feature, and are usually on the outskirts of towns or at the end of Autobahn ausfahrts und einfahrts.
I can’t find a reference to it, but a few years ago, I saw a show on Discovery or something about an English dude who owned a tank. He somehow had “permission” to drive it on the roads – he was driving it like around Buckingham Palace…
If I recall, the track had plastic/rubber blocks to keep it from damaging the road too badly and I think the cannon was plugged and orange…
Maybe someone else has a link?
The sign is in Germany, and the left turn either goes into France or Poland. Gotta take precautions!
Oh it is definitely in Germany, and the left turn either goes into France or Poland. :O
Tanks turn left? More like tanks turn any damn way they want!
The first act of the Polish Secretary of Defense against an enemy ground invasion was tragically stereotypical.
The US Mil. base near me has far more menacing signs: “Warning: Tank Crossing”. Big yellow signs with bold black text, all up and down the most remote, isolated desert road you’ve ever seen. Incredibly menacing. On the plus side, I now know exactly where to hide bodies.
Yes, this is germany. Yes, it means “You are not allowed to turn your tank left”. And it seems to be a new or a replacement sign. It’s very shiny and not dirty..
But why is it there? Maybe because the sewers under the street to the left are too fragile to handle this heavy load. Maybe because there is a bridge which the tank can not pass nor turn around. Maybe there is a home for the aged and they are getting nuts if they see a tank… 😉
Of course all this is for the times of peace and not at warfare 😉
I lived in Germany also: my father was stationed there with the U.S. Army. Often times, tanks would roll through the small German towns while on manuvers, leaving damaging tread marks on the asphalt and cobblestone, not to mention rattled nerves in pre-dawn hours. That was then, but now tanks have more restrictions.
I live in Europe. Infact, the UK. and erm. no, it doesn’t.
Do you think tanks are allowed to run red lights?
I wouldnt try and pull it over would you?
Cop: Excuse me Mr Tank but I noticed you didnt stop for that red light. Any reason why?
Tank: ~Gun barrel turns~ BOOM
Tanks can go wherever the fuck they want to!
I’m from Germany, and I’m very certain that this is in Germany.
Why I’m so sure? Well:Way to much restriction signs in one picture to be shoot in another country 😀
The sign clearly isn’t for tanks. It’s for the idiots who try to cut them off.
if both of the lights are red then the tank should go !! if no tanks around the guy on the right goes first unless nobody there then go ahead and have a free for all!!!
In America, the national highway system was actually originally developed to facilitate the transport of military personnel and equipment in the event of invasion or some other urgent conflict.
To answer the question beneath the picture: would YOU stop them?
Way back in the mid to late 80s, my dad was an NCO in the US Army National Guard. He told me a story of the time he was a vehicle commander for whatever APC the US was using then, I can never remember. Well, a man in a Volkswagen challenged the vehicle’s right of way, so the nearest building got a brand new door courtesy of the US Government and several tons of steel.
I’m wondering if this is around Geilenkirchen, Germany. The house in the background looks very familiar.
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