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Old 02-02-2011, 12:58 PM   #76
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:00 PM   #77
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A Brummbar assault howitzer, right?

And the one on its left is a StuG IV.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:05 PM   #78
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A Brummbar assault howitzer, right?

And the one on its left is a StuG IV.
Yep. I saw Brummbar as somebody's handle and it reminded me of it. Modern armor is so capable it's scary, but it's boring.

If that was my garage, I'd never leave.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:06 PM   #79
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Back in the last century I spent a couple of years on a Kibbutz. That's a collective farm/manufacturing village in Israel. There was a Russian halftrack that had been captured in '67. It was kept at the auto shop just in case there was a need for a halftrack someday. Pico (The head of the garage) started it up every month and drove it around a bit to keep things working. As mentioned, the workmanship was truly astonishingly sloppy. But functional. In the cockpit, next to the gear shift lever was a two pound hammer in a holder. The shift lever had a flat spot on it where you whacked the hammer to force it into gear.

And BOY you should have heard that unmuffled flathead ROAR!

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Old 02-02-2011, 01:11 PM   #80
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Back in the last century I spent a couple of years on a Kibbutz. That's a collective farm/manufacturing village in Israel. There was a Russian halftrack that had been captured in '67. It was kept at the auto shop just in case there was a need for a halftrack someday. Pico (The head of the garage) started it up every month and drove it around a bit to keep things working. As mentioned, the workmanship was truly astonishingly sloppy. But functional. In the cockpit, next to the gear shift lever was a two pound hammer in a holder. The shift lever had a flat spot on it where you whacked the hammer to force it into gear.

And BOY you should have heard that unmuffled flathead ROAR!
[/QUOTE]Someone once said you needed to be a three-armed orangutan to drive a Soviet tank.

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Old 02-02-2011, 01:14 PM   #81
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Yep. I saw Brummbar as somebody's handle and it reminded me of it. Modern armor is so capable it's scary, but it's boring.
That's my feeling as well. With a couple of exceptions, I never could summon up any enthusiasm for post WWII tanks and aircraft.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #82
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Nice garage.
Yes, indeed! Look like Tankmuseum in Munster/Germany. I´ve been there 20 years ago, while i was in the Army. Very impressive.

Did anybody see the Cologne Tank Fight 1945?

For those who have not:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBI9d...yer_detailpage

it let me think about those things. Not really nice..
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:51 PM   #83
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I saw a show once on Discovery about tanks. They said, the tanks without turrets are good for close range fights and are useful in jungle type combat.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:01 PM   #84
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Yep. I saw Brummbar as somebody's handle and it reminded me of it. Modern armor is so capable it's scary, but it's boring.

If that was my garage, I'd never leave.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:23 PM   #85
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I saw a show once on Discovery about tanks. They said, the tanks without turrets are good for close range fights and are useful in jungle type combat.
Not really. Tanks in general are bad in jungles due to problems with getting the gun stuck in trees, and in close range fights, he who shoots first, wins.

A turretless design can mount a bigger gun than its turreted counterpart; for instance, the JagdPz.38(t) could mount a 75mm AT gun, as opposed to the 37mm one fitted on the turreted Pz.38(t). This was especially useful in the case of obsolescent yet reliable chassis designs (like the aforementioned LT-38, but also the Pz.III).

Another advantage was simplicity. A fixed casemate is cheaper and quicker to build than a rotating turret, and conversions can be made out of vehicles with damaged turrets but working mechanicals.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:49 PM   #86
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Here's an interview of the M-26 gunner who engaged the Panther in Cologne.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt5bJ...eature=related

His last quotes sum up combat.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:02 PM   #87
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Someone once said you needed to be a three-armed orangutan to drive a Soviet tank.

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But isn't that a Japanese tank?
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But isn't that a Japanese tank?[/QUOTE]My comment was to Revill about the Soviet transmission. That is a Japanese tank. Type 94 I think.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:15 PM   #89
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My comment was to Revill about the Soviet transmission. That is a Japanese tank. Type 94 I think
Looks like a Tonka toy.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:31 PM   #90
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Looks like a Ripsaw to me.


(OT- can anyone explain why the Ripsaw's tensioned tracks are so revolutionary? I don't know much of anything about armor tracks, but that seems pretty obvious...?)

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