Old television chef Martin Yan used to preach that there are two ways to crack an egg. The first is to lightly tap it on the side of a bowl, imbue a modest schism, then open the chicken embryo up so that its content fall softly into the container. The second is to throw it against the wall.

It’s prudent to speculate that the operators of this Leopard 2 tank (believed to be of Russian origin) would without hesitation subscribe to the latter technique when making an omelette (or Okroshka maybe?).

Because when an obstacle stands in this driver’s way, finesse is off the table. Perhaps it’s all those Siberian winters? Replace the earth with snow and suddenly a tank seems like the perfect vehicle to patrol a blizzard in.

This from Foxtrot Alpha:

The German Leopard 2 is operated by nearly twenty countries around the globe. It packs a MTU KA-501 liquid-cooled V-12 twin-turbo diesel engine that puts out just shy of 1,500 horsepower, allowing the tank to hit 45 mph on roads.

Whereas the American M1 Abrams main battle tank, with its Honeywell AGT1500C turbine power-pack, puts 2,750 foot-pounds of torque, the Leopard 2’s V-12 power-pack has about the same horsepower but cranks out a whopping 3,467 foot-pounds torque. The two tanks weigh about the same amount.