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This Military Vehicle Collector Found A $2.5 Million Surprise In His Russian-Style Tank
British tactical vehicle collector Nick Mead bought a T54/69, the Chinese-made tank patterned after a Russian T-55, for £30,000 (roughly $37,000) on eBay. But when he began restoring it, he discovered that he’d purchased more than just an armored fighting machine.
When he opened one of the T54/69’s diesel fuel tanks, Mead and his mechanic Todd Chamberlain discovered five 12-pound gold bars reportedly valued at about £2 million, according to The International Business Times. In U.S. dollars, that’s roughly $2.5 million. However, the Times also suggests that based on the current market value of gold, their worth is closer to $1.24 million.
Mead stumbled upon the cache after discovering machine gun ammo while stripping the machine and growing concerned that additional rounds might remain inside the fuel tank, reported The Sun.
The two men believe the bars were hidden by Iraqi looters in Kuwait during the Gulf War. The T54/69 was a Chinese copy of the Soviet T-55 medium tank and sold in large quantity to the Iraqi Army during the 1980s.
“They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars,” Mead said.
He runs a company called Tanks-A-Lot, which rents out military and other tactical vehicles for use in TV, movies, and private events, according to Popular Mechanics. But we’re sure the T54/69 will add quite a bit of value to his collection.
A tentative plan to build 20 miles of extra border wall in Arizona, on top of the already approved 100-plus miles, was put on hold Monday by the Pentagon.
Federal officials hoped to build the extra 20 miles of wall in the Border Patrol's Tucson and Yuma sectors. The Army Corps of Engineers said late last month that funds would come from other wall contracts that might cost less than expected. But those savings did not materialize, according to documents filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.
Iran's top diplomat threatened an "all-out war" Thursday with the U.S. or Saudi Arabia if either country launches a retaliatory strike over a drone and missile attack on oil reserves that sent energy prices soaring.
Tehran's tough-talking foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, threw the gauntlet down, promising a battle that would go on "to the last American soldier."
Former Army EOD tech gets 5 years probation for trying to sell guns and explosives to buyers in Mexico
After a pair of Army explosive ordnance disposal technicians were indicted on federal charges for attempting to sell weapons and explosives to smugglers headed to Mexico, one of the two men involved has been sentenced after taking a plea deal, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day's labor in the fields, officials said on Thursday.
The attack on Wednesday night also injured 40 people after accidentally targeting farmers and laborers who had just finished collecting pine nuts at mountainous Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.
"The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them," tribal elder Malik Rahat Gul told Reuters by telephone from Wazir Tangi.