Military Junkyards, Graveyards, and Scrap Vehicles

Tank Cemetary
Tank Cemetary

Military Vehicle Graveyards for Trucks, Jeeps, and Tanks

Military vehicles of all descriptions have been stockpiled in case of war. When those wars are over (or never actually begin), what happens to those vehicles? They are simply scrapped or left to rot where they stand.

That means an estimated trillion dollars every year thrown onto the scrap heap. Add that amount to the cost of mothballed fleets and aircraft graveyards, and the amount is ridiculous, especially considering the current financial climate.

During World War II, a jeep was manufactured every thirty minutes and an aircraft every thirty seconds in the USA. This amounts to a massive build-up of military vehicles which were shipped around the world. Many still remain in isolated places where they were last used. Too expensive to move or to scrap, they are simply left to rot in fields, jungles, and on disused military bases.

Tank Graveyard
Tank Graveyard

World War Two Vehicle Graveyards

World War Two produced millions of military vehicles of all descriptions. Many of the later models never saw action— because the wars were ending, but also because technological advances superseded each new model as they were rolling off the production line.

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Soviet Tank Cemetaries

Throughout history, nations have tried to conquer each other. Ghengis Khan, the Romans, and even the British went for global domination. The Russians have also given it a go, but the battle scars and cost of war have also been too much for them.

Afghanistan has become littered with the wrecked or rotting hulks of many Russian tanks, left abandoned after the Soviets retreated.

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The Middle East

Kuwait, Iran, and Iraq have become the world's largest military vehicle junkyards. Hundreds if not thousands of tanks, trucks, and jeeps litter those countrysides. After the two Gulf Wars, many tanks were just left abandoned in Iraq.

Israel also has a fair amount of leftover tanks that are too expensive to scrap— sounds ridiculous, but it is true.

An average tank cemetery can hold approximately 100 tanks, with many holding over 1000.

Iraq Tank Graveyard
Iraq Tank Graveyard
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The USA is no stranger to wasting materials in their fight to rid the world of oppressors. Obsolete tanks and military vehicles of all descriptions are abandoned in foreign countries. The weapons are stripped from them as well as any sensitive hardware, before they are left where they stand.

It is too expensive and not worth the hassle to ship these vehicles back to the States. If there was a way for a person to collect these rotting hulks cheaply, then they could make a fortune from the several million tons of scrap iron lying around the world.


Many of the countries at war are beautiful. They have sandy beaches, clear warm oceans, vast forests, and mountainous regions. The people of those countries would benefit from laying down their weapons and opening up to tourism.

Millions of people wish to visit Egypt, or the birthplace of Christ, but won't because of the dangers. Stopping the violence would benefit everybody, reduce the death toll, stop the illegal trade in arms, and allow everybody to enjoy the Earth the way it should have always been.

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bill 7 months ago

I am with the city of Deadwood in South Dakota and we are looking for pettibone crane parts. its a military crane and we need a outrigger hydraulic cylinder. Now of any?

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