orcbuster wrote:How common was it for abandoned crews to get back in the tank?
I mean if it was me first priority for me if I bailed then you get WAY out of there because it's an active combat zone and is likely to remain so for some time and you are effectively useless, not to mention the time it would require to get reorganized. In effect it means you are out of the fight for the forseable future.
When my crews bail out I assume there was good cause to do so (it's annoying as hell but so are a lot of other realistic things that are "non-lethal" kills). Something has happened that has made the vehicle unfightable and the crew is either gone or lying low for the cover of darkness to either attempt a basic mobility restore/recover or escape. I think the "abandons in terror" isn't so much a realistic or frequent occurrence.
Most sides generally made strenuous efforts to recover abandoned and even partially burned out tanks, with most combatants also having pretty strenuous rules about crews staying to defend the vehicle if at all possible.
That being said, a tank had to be rather knocked up or the crew really green for a tank to be abandoned in most circumstances (there's mg bullets and shell bursts out there ffs). Thus in the former the tank is going back for repairs at a higher level workshop/depot or in the latter case the crew is spooked and isn't likely to be found near the perfectly good tank they left lying there.
In the Soviet case (I'm most familiar with US Army & RKKA practices, not so much German/UK) leaving a disabled tank out on the battlefield without lying low and trying to repair the issue overnight (to limp the vehicle back to friendly lines) was a great way to end up in a goal or penal battalion (or at least knocked down in rank). Not so much familiar with German or British policy on crew bailouts but most all combatants seemed to frown heavily upon abandoning a vehicle without good cause.