Hi Andrew and Kevin , I have put the two large photos side by side for instant comparison sake.
I had another look at the B&W image after reading Andrews post and you can see that there are in fact 3 large ( non rifle caliber round ) hits to the front / side of the hull. There is a large one to the left close to the underneath of the gun barrel , the spalling ricochet on the drivers front and one to the drivers side upper hull. I agree that having had a high kinetic impact with enough force to deform or remove a hunk of thick armour plating that the last thing that you would find is that RAL paint is soooo good that it is able to be absorbed or penetrate the armour below the surface line to a depth of several millimeters+ and not exposed metal that may rust after a certain amount of time.
Here is the B&W photo section showing the impact.
Here is the "colour" version.
You will see straight away that the light "cable" is anything but a clumsy attempt at some digital scrawling.In this photo I have also pointed out several but no all digital alerts - the pixels look very smudged which should not be the case if this were a true photograph. Take a step back and have a look at the photo.. there are clouds of mini blurs going on in it which points to digital manipulation.
As a comparison here are the two sections side by side.
Its always worth taking a second look at things that we hope and pray for as "true" due to the "X-File" gene leading us down the "I want to believe" path.
Hope this might be of some help in clarifying that photos
For my mind having seen the "drawn" light cable and the blurred pixels and the previous floating white pixels in deep shadow leaves me in no doubt we are looking at a very well done colourised photo that could easily have passed the mustard