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  • The tank is supposed to be a Russian T-54/55 model tank, one of the most numerous models in the world and in use by over 50 countries. In this case, it's an Israeil T-55S, modified with a Sharir 105mm main gun. The T55 would have a 100mm main gun, a coaxial machine gun, and a 12.7mm DShK 1938/46 heavy machine gun. The flamethrower would not be on the standard model (it would replace the coaxial machine gun in the flamethrower varaint OT-54). You can tell this is the T-55S becuase of the rifled gun barrel with fume extractor halfway down the barrel, the radio antenna mounts, and the drivers hatch that you can open from outside. The tank has features of both the T-54 and T-55; it mounts the DShK heavy machine gun of the T-54, but has the engine snorkel found on the T-55. It's basically a hodge-podge of the two designs. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No. A T-54/55 has a four man crew: commander, loader, gunner, and driver. There is simply no room in the tank for anyone else. Trick photography was used to make the inside of the tank seem larger than it really was, and the fifth man was added purely to advance the story. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Though he is often referred to as "the old man", which would imply the company commander (a captain), Daskal's shoulder boards show two stars on a black background, meaning a Warrant Officer in either tanks, artillery, technical troops, or the navy. This would give him the ability to command a platoon of 4 tanks, though we only ever see the one. WO rank is an "intermediate" between enlisted men and officers - Daskal is almost 50 years old by the storyline, so like Wardaddy in Fury he has rank to go with his age and experience, not necessarily his leadership ability. Edit (Coming Soon)

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