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DemolitionMan

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  1. The images of the dry river valleys are IMO the most astonishing images from Mars I've seen from any mission so far. The first images transmitted from Curiosity look promising as well, Gale Crater could be a superb spot for exploring. BTW, Curiosity is the fifth space probe to carry my name to Mars, a fact for which I got a Radio interview on Monday.
  2. Well in my experience I encountered the term "tank hunters" in regards to infantry anti tank teams, whereas "tank destroyers" is used for dedicated anti-tank vehicles.
  3. As many of you know, the Wehrmacht in WW2 was quite fond of producing films to instruct the soldiers in different aspects of training (Lehrfilme). "Men against Tanks" (Männer gegen Panzer) is perhaps the most famous. This tradition was kept up by the Bundeswehr and the NVA. The Austrian and Swiss Army produced similar material. Here are some examples: Wehrmacht Tanks on the attack - measures against enemy tank hunters: Panzergrenadier platoon in the defense of the HKL (1944), 1/4: Engineers ahead (1943), 1/3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFBclz8otQs Close Combat against Russian Tanks (1942) 1/9: Attack troop, 1/8: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39VYt9Ah-Go Men against Tanks (1943), 1/3: The sniper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd3ZJ_fBjco The infantry squad in recon role: Mountain troops in MOUT: Bundeswehr The tank hunter troop (80s), part 1/4: MOUT(late 70s), part 1/3: Obstacle values of woods and trees against MBTs: Artillery in the fight(80s), part 1, 1/2: 2/2: Part 2, 1/2: 2/2: NBC defense (1957): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fz6jqn8_rI NVA (East Germany) MOUT (1963): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAjlZ4nUrwA Close quarter combat (1966): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_COK8morac8 Same, but for paratroops(80s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx7EhTt7Rmo The defensive fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCi2Z0ErHm0 Bundesheer (Austria) MOUT (1990): Swiss Army Infantry tactics:
  4. And to complete the group...not my team but nice paint job nonetheless! Way to say farewell to your leaving commanding officer.
  5. Looking good! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oodTuhaLYpU
  6. I read that NATO, in particular US and UK were very impressed by the Wehrmacht's performance on the Eastern Front in 44/45(Moving Encirclement, Mobile Defense and so forth) and tried to gain knowlege and gather as much information from first-hand tactical and strategical reports and interviews of the commanding officers. Hence many reading tours and study seminars of Generals like Mellenthin, Manstein and Manteuffel in the USA.
  7. Good, noone mentioned "Lebanon" so far...my blood pressure can remain calm. Same worries about the CGI. However it's a bit odd you can get Black Hawks and Little Birds for BHD(ok it took them some real convincing) but not a mech company for TR. Especially when this is pretty much a tribute to US soldiers in the making. The unbelievable fight for "Curly" must be done right. But I will be looking forward to it as I tried to collect any bits and pieces I could find about that operation over the years.
  8. In addition to the LLLTV, the late 80s C1 received the IRS100 thermal system: http://articles.janes.com/articles/Janes-Electro-Optic-Systems/Cassidian-PZB-200-IRS-100-LLLTV-IR-sight-Germany.html
  9. Yeah well...the thing is, with CGI it mostly adds to the action. Helicopter crashes, explosions...stop motion and models look like cheap tricks, CGI made the experience alot more believable. But anything that should be real still looks artificial in a way. Now we will get a movie that should play almost all the time inside and outside AFVs with soldiers an integral part of them because...all action is vehicle action. IMO that's why it's been so hard to deliver a good tanking movie in the past: tank battles are impersonal, rough, vast and confusing. Just my worries...and as a reminder, here's the real deal: Oh I forgot: Lebanon. Don't. Just don't. It may work on an abstract POV, in German we have the word "Kammerspiel" to describe an intimate play of sorts. However...the director emphasized in nearly every interview that he's gonna show the truth, the way it is and how he experienced it. Hell yeah. Sure. Guys randomly showing up in your tank, no connection to higher command or even to your freakin platoon, no sign of leadership. Instead-random scope images, random chitchat, random action. I couldn't stand through it. And this is rare for me when it comes to movies.
  10. Cool, they really gonna turn "Thunder Run" into a movie! Wait... CRAP, they gonna make it all CG! Oh this will suck badly...baaaadly...gonna keep watching that video of the real run and wait for the episode of "Greatest Tank Battles" about it. Oh yeah, tank documentaries...how about..."Greatest Tank Battles"? Youtube is your friend. Waiting for the Carius part to show up there. It has many downsides...but heck, finally some visual tank combat.
  11. Looks are a bit different from the graphic novel...hehe...but fun nonetheless.
  12. Nice recreation!
  13. Ah, the famed projected Jagd-Abrams.
  14. It's a wiki...everyone's invited to provide correct information, and to have it erased without comment in revision.